Steven Taylor has today opened the door on what it’s like to play for Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew and Steven Taylor – in manager’s first day at Newcastle
And Steven says the 50 year-old Wimbledon born manager is the toughest taskmaster he’s ever worked with in football.
It seems that Alan is very hard to please, and he’s a perfectionist and therfore never seems fully satisfied with any performance from his players.
Well, that sounds good to us!
And Alan, like Sam Allardyce before him uses a lot of current day technology in both the training and in games.
So it’s hard to pull the wool over Alan’s eyes, when the Londoner has got all the facts he needs after every game, and after every training session.
This is what Steven Taylor, who has been in great form for Newcastle so far this season, said about Alan today:
“The manager has shown faith in me since the day he came in. He sorted me out with a contract within a few days of arriving and that was a big confidence boost,”
“But to be fair he’s always on my tail, he’s at me all the time. It’s hard to make him smile! Sometimes when we get a clean sheet he might be happy for a little bit but he’s hard to please.”
“He’s a very hard guy. He’s got high standards and he wants perfection in games and in training.” “That’s difficult of course, but we try our hardest to do just that. As a back four we’re working hard and he’s got us playing together.”
“He’s got everything down to a tee with his stats and stuff. You can never cheat in a game,” “He lets you know, the stats are all there in the games and training and he will single you out if he needs to.”
“He’s right when he says we can’t carry one person in this team.” “We’re a small squad and if one of the team isn’t doing and lets their mates down, then we’re going to struggle.”
We like the fact that Alan is hard to please and a perfectionist, because that will certainly guard against Alan and any of his players getting carried away with success.
Football is like life, in that you are always learning and always trying to become better, in whatever line of work you are in.
And Pardew’s ways seemed to have worked famously since he came in last December and replaced a popular Chris Hughton as the Newcastle manager.
We hope that after today’s game, Alan has just a little bit of improvement he would have liked to have seen in the Newcastle performance, because that will almost certainly mean that Newcastle will have pulled off a famous win.
And it’s about time Steven scored another goal for Newcastle from one of those set plays, and today would be a great time for him to get his 14th goal for Newcastle, in what will be his 196th appearance for his local club.
Howay The Lads!!