It seems that Alan Pardew has a lot of characteristics that can make him an effective and successful manager on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – building his own side on Tyneside
Alan has a contract through the summer of 2016, and he is very keen to see out his contract at the club.
We are hoping that will be the case, because if Alan is still manager in five years time, that will mean he’s had some good success on Tyneside, and he will join Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, as the only other two managers who have had fives years as manager at the club for the last 20 years.
Those were two periods when Newcastle were very successful, although we didn’t win any trophies, but were high up in the Premier League and in the European Champions League and one of the best teams England.
We are really hoping that Alan Pardew can take us back to those heights, but it will be even more difficult than it was under Kevin and Uncle Bobby.
Alan has managed to create a great team spirit in the Newcastle squad, and there are very few, if any, trouble makers in the side under Alan Pardew, and the way the Londoner handles his players, we don’t expect there to be any either.
Every player seems to be keen to do his part for the team, when they get their chance, and that’s the basis of the modern game, where players don’t always play in every game every week and must take their opportunities when they present themselves.
Alan talked about how important pride was in the Newcastle dressing room:
“It’s important Newcastle fans see the players in their jersey are pulling for the club, and I think in the past they’ve had a few names that didn’t pull 100%,” “I look in my dressing room and I haven’t got anyone like that.”
“There’s no siege mentality, although we could have with the media coverage we’ve had. We haven’t used that and we’ve just tried to be the best we can be. Hopefully against Tottenham, we’ll control the game a bit more than on Saturday.”
“There’s too much talk in the Premier League. Actions are far more useful. We’ve said what we’ve had to say on the pitch.” “Our fans don’t have great expectations of the team,”
“I don’t think any of our fans will be thinking of the Champions League. We’re realistic and we’re very pleased with where we are, but let’s see how far the team can go. The strength of any football club is not in the individual, it’s in the team. And we’ve got a decent team.”
“The players are not the type to get carried away, they’re pragmatic. We’ve got a decent team structure where good players will do well, and we’re getting the benefits.”
“I could watch that video of the Wolves game and probably criticize all my players for some part of it, but we’ll put that in the file at the bottom and move on – let’s just say we won that game and move on.”
Those are good words from Alan, but we also think that taking the players through the second half last Saturday, would be good to point out the things they did wrong, so they can learn from their mistakes, and be better prepared for the way forward.
It was a 3 great points on Saturday, and while we were lucky, luck has a tendency to even itself out over the full season, so we shouldn’t make too much of it. We’ll leave that to the managers of teams Newcastle beat.
Tottenham in a couple of weeks time, will be a big test, and it should be a great game to watch for the home crowd, which could be a sellout.
And a win in that game, and we’ll have to start admitting – perhaps a little more openly – that Alan Pardew is building a good side on Tyneside, and it’s his own side, with six good players brought in over the summer, and some new ones to potentially arrive in January.
That cannot be bad!