Alan Pardew held a long press conference yesterday, and as may have been expected with things going so well at the moment, he was asked a big range of questions.
Alan Pardew – summer window was massive setback for Newcastle
And there was a call-in show last night on BBC Radio Newcastle, and the fans comments showed clearly that Alan is now gaining favor with Newcastle fans, and those who said he would be a hopeless manager for Newcastle, were apologetic, to say the least.
We were one of those who held that view, and Alan Pardew has proved us wrong – and good on him for doing that, and as we have said before it’s much more important that Newcastle do well, then that we are right.
It’s a good job too, because we’ve been wrong quite a few times!
This is what Alan had to day yesterday about the feel good factor that seems alive and well on Tyneside:
“I am just delighted we have a good feeling back at Newcastle because for a long, long time here it has been not a nice feeling about what is going to happen next on the negative side. We have managed to change that.”
“If you can keep the feeling we have we can have a successful year. I don’t doubt that.” “I felt we had won some battles with the fans and we were on that road to where we are today.”
“The summer window was a massive setback. You want to get that feeling where the fans trust the manager and the team, they can pay their money and they will a real honest performance and see something on the pitch which gives them pride.”
“The No.9 shirt was a blow to that.”
Alan is referring to that last day of the window when a deal to sign Modibo Maiga fell through at the last moment, and Newcastle tried to get Papiss Demba Cisse from SC Freiburg, and FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz at the last minute, but failed.
And basically that set the tone of the window when it was all over the next day, on September 1st, and Newcastle had failed to replace Andy Carroll or spend much at all of the £35M they had received from Liverpool for Andy.
But we think Newcastle will rectify that in early January by bringing in a striker, who is good enough to wear the number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
If they can do that in the first few days of the January window, it will be another good start to a transfer window, and the two favorites at the moment seem to be 24 year-old Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, and FC Twente 21 year-old Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong.
It even seems to us that not only is Alan talking a lot of common sense, but he could also be persuading the powers that be at Newcastle, what is needed to be done at the club, to be successful.
The release of Newcastle’s Mission Statement last Sunday may have been part of what Alan is telling Ashley and Llambias they need to do at Newcastle to be successful, and to get the fans behind them.
Ashley and Llambias may never get the fans behind them on Tyneside, but they should be listening to the manager, because he seems to know just exactly what Newcastle fans are looking for, and he’s been very successful so far at Newcastle.
Long may that continue – starting with a win against Wigan tomorrow afternoon.