When Alan Pardew was appointed manager he seemed to have the same characteristics as Chris Hughton before him, and both managers seemed to be inspired by being the Newcastle United manager.
Alan Pardew shows his appreciation to fantastic Newcastle fans
Chris Hughton did a great job at Newcastle in his short 18 months in charge, and it’s good to see Chri e is starting to weave his magic at Birmingham where they beat Leicester City 2-0 at home, and they are also doing well in the Europa League.
Birmingham are joint second top of their Group H.
And it seems that Chris is already popular with the Birmingham fans, but what’s not to like about such a decent and straight forward gut, who is real gentleman?
And there is news today that Alan Pardew, who put in a good shift on the touchline yesterday, as he encouraged and cajoled his players throughout the game, seems to have been almost consumed by the electric atmosphere at St. James’ Park yesterday afternoon.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“I listened to David Ginola talking before the game about his time when he arrived here.” “You can’t actually put into words the feeling the fans create here – it’s special.”
“When that second goal went in from Shola it reminded me of the Arsenal game last season. It was absolutely brilliant.” “It was one of those games as a manager, my goodness me!”
“There was too much going on.” “We were cheap with the ball at times, which is unusual for us. They had an extra midfield player in there, but we stuck with what we’re about.”
“The Defoe goal came at a time when I thought we’d settled down in the game and got to grips with it.” “That put us on the back foot again. In the second half, I thought it was all about us.”
“A couple of times on the break you could have argued they could have got a goal, but it was all about us, and whether we’d get a goal.” “It was a great goal from Jermain, but we wouldn’t let it go, and in the end we could have won it.”
“But it just shows the impact of the stadium towards the end of that game.” “It was beginning to suck a third goal in.”
We still cannot believe just how well Alan has done at Newcastle, but if this good form lasts for much longer, we’ll have to start thinking that Alan is indeed at the Newcastle club long term.
And it seems that Alan can certainly inspire the pants off the Newcastle players (so to speak), and it was great to see the manager in such an inspired mood yesterday afternoon throughout the game.
Of course we’d like nothing better than for Alan Pardew to become a huge success on Tyneside, even though we thought the appointment in December by the Newcastle Board was a lousy one – but we were wrong (again).
Wonder if Alan has bought that house yet in Newcastle?