It’s just amazing what Alan Pardew has done at Newcastle since he arrived last December in place of the sacked Chris Hughton.
Alan Pardew – has done wonders at Newcastle so far
And we all know that when he arrived at St. James’ Park, he got no help from Derek LLambias at his first news conference, in explaining why Chris had been sacked.
And inevitably Alan was asked the question and he did his best to respond, although it was nothing of his doing, and Derek should have been at that news conference to filed those questions.
Pardew seemed very smart when he first arrived by not changing the way Chris had the side playing, but before his first game against Liverpool, he did say that he noticed one or two things about the Newcastle defense, and made a tweak or two in how they played.
Newcastle played well at home to Liverpool, and won that game 3-1 and we all know that Alan has tweaked the defense even more since then, and they are now a solid foundation on which Newcastle can build for the future.
Alan Pardew has proved he has so many good qualities that top managers have, he’s very good with his players, he never gets carried away on the upside or downside with results, he’s a good communicator with the press, and he seems an excellent coach that can read a game very well and make the necessary changes.
One of the things Alan said as soon as he came on board, is that he wanted to build a side that the Newcastle fans deserved, and he promised to play good, open and attacking football.
And Alan has been true to his word, and Newcastle these days play some very good football, and have some gifted players, and as the lads showed last Sunday, they can play against the very good sides in the league, and hold their own.
And while we don’t expect Newcastle to stay in 4th place in the league, if you take away the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs, we don’t see another club that Newcastle should fear.
And if the lads can play those remaining 14 clubs and take points from them while playing at or near their best, there’s no real reason why Newcastle couldn’t finish as high as in 6th place in the league.
But we’re not getting carried away, and the official goal this season, as shared by Derek LLambias in a rather impressive Newcastle Mission Statement released last Sunday, is to finish in the top 10, and that seems sensible.
We still don’t hear enough from Mike Ashley or Derek LLambias, but the Mission Statement contained some very good reading, and we hope more communication is on the cards in the future from Derek LLambias.
Alan seems to be acting as a mouthpiece for the Newcastle regime, and is almost a go between between the fans and the club.
That’s not exactly in his job definition, but there’s no doubt Alan Pardew is proving a lot of people wrong, including us, and to have a team 4th top of the Premier League, especially these days, is the best Alan Pardew has ever done in his management career.
We hope he continues to take Newcastle forward and become the manager we’ve all been looking for, who can not only bring the good times back to Newcastle, but dare I say it, win us a trophy before too long, and end that 42 years without winning anything.
And as Derek LLambias would say - Alan Pardew has done wonders at Newcastle - fact!