When Chris Hughton was sacked last December, the manager most Newcastle fans wanted brought in was Martin Jol, who had just resigned from Ajax, and was available.
Alan Pardew – winning fans over
Martin is now manager of Fulham of course, and here’s the result of a poll we conducted just days before Alan was appointed:
Who Do You Like Between These Three Newcastle Candidates?
- Martin Jol (66%, 409 Votes)
- None Of The Above (25%, 154 Votes)
- Alan Pardew (6%, 38 Votes)
- Alan Curbishley (3%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 616
So Alan was not a popular choice at the time, but since then he seems to have done everything right, and he already seems to have the makings of a very good side on Tyneside, with Newcastle unbeaten in their first 10 games this season, and he’s only been at the club a short 10 months too.
It seems that the Newcastle fans are warming to this straightforward Londoner, and he thinks so as well, as he had this to say yesterday in one of his many interviews:
“I used to get a lot of “Well good luck anyways.” I’m not sure it was a good luck or not,” “I think it’s probably just the way they say it up here.”
“But I didn’t know if they meant it, I don’t get those sort of remarks anymore. The inference was “We don’t really want you as manager but we still want the team to do well’.”
“Maybe there was a little bit of that. The majority of people I bump into now are pleased with the way things are going and how the team plays. That is music to any manager’s ears.”
“I think my relationship with the fans has changed. Newcastle fans may feel some pride in this team, and they are feeling that we are all in this together.
“There is a good feeling around the place with everyone. That happens at every club when you are winning games. I live in the area now and I am settled in the area. We are now just looking forward to the next batch of matches.”
Wigan’s visit to St James’ Park tomorrow is the easiest game, at least on paper, for a long time, and then Newcastle travel to Blackburn on Wednesday for the Carling Cup 4th round tie, and then to Stoke the following Monday.
Everton at home the following Saturday is the next game, and then there are three zingers on the following Saturdays, against Manchester City and Manchester United away and then the lads are home to Chelsea.
The game after Chelsea is Norwich City away on the following Saturday, and that will not be an easy game either.
But of course you cannot look too far ahead, and the only thing that matters now is that Newcastle get all 3 points tomorrow against Wigan at home, and the lads must be at or near their best for that game to take all the points.
No doubt Pardew will then make some changes for the Blackburn game, but we need a strong side out at Blackburn to ensure we get through to the quarter finals and remain unbeaten.
There’s certainly some tough games coming up for this new Newcastle United side, but it seems the fans, Alan and his coaches, as well as the players are all together, and that’s very good.