Alan Pardew had mentioned at the beginning of the season that he had given the job of maintaining the good team spirit at Newcastle to his Assistant Manager John Carver.
Carver and Pardew - two coaches at the top
And we were all just a little worried that with Kevin Nolan having left the club, the great spirit of the last two seasons may be in jeopardy and disappear, and that wouldn’t be good.
But if anything the opposite has happened, and the bond and team spirit in the Newcastle dressing room is better than ever, and credit to John for doing a good job on that.
And it was also a challenge to new captain Fabricio Coloccini, but the Argentine has been a revelation this season with his consistent and first class performances at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
Colo certainly sets a great example when he wears the Newcastle United shirt, and Steven Taylor, the local lad, is forming a massively good partnership with Fab at the back for Newcastle, and that’s great to see.
John Carver talked today about how the club have rather impressively integrated the seven new players into the club, only one of whom was English – new goalkeeper Rob Elliot:
“We have had a good start and all you can put it down to is a good pre-season and good preparation, and above all the fact that the guys who have come in have integrated into the group quickly – quicker than I thought,”
“There was always the worry about whether we’d brought in one or two too many French players but as it stands at the minute that doesn’t appear to be the case.”
“I think it helps to have the captain who is a foreign player himself.” ”He is definitely taking more responsibility.” “I mean I look at young Davide Santon and it does help him that Fabricio has played in Italy so can speak a little Italian.”
“It has helped him – it has made him feel part of the group quite quickly.” “I think we saw that on Saturday when we scored the second goal, he’s warming up but he joined in the celebrations.”
“I haven’t seen that too many times with foreign players.” “That tells you something – and tells you something about their mentality.”
That was great to see when Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi ran down the touchline to embrace Jonas after his great goal on Saturday, and it certainly showed the spirit in the Newcastle camp - somehow we like Davide even more now!
There will still be a slight concern that a French clique may be formed at the club, but all our new French players, when interviewed, come over as great lads, and they all seem to have a team ethic at Newcastle, which can only bode well for the future.
The summer finished on August 31st with a lot of negativity surrounding the club, because of the failure of not bringing in a new striker to replace Andy Carroll, and also not spending very much of the £35M Carroll cash.
But something good is working at the club this season, with the lads in 4th place in the league, and playing so well, and the Reserves and Youth team not doing too badly either.
It’s all just great to see, and credit to Alan Pardew, John Carver and Coloccini for that, and long may it continue.