Newcastle United had an open day for fans at St. James’ Park today, and it looks like around 7,000 turned up for the training.
Coaches and players applaud the Newcastle fans today
And Alan Pardew has come out and said that Newcastle United have the best fans in the world, and he’s not too far away from the truth there either.
It amazes us all the time, the way the Geordie fans travel to the away games, and Newcastle had half the crowd at Blackburn on Wednesday evening, when 5,000 made the trip.
Alan Pardew said today the open day today was a huge success:
“It was a super day.” “When you walk out at this stadium it’s always special, and then here we come on an open day when we have six, seven thousand people there.”
“It’s unbelievable and just goes to show that we have the best fans in the world – and I’m not embarrassed to say that.”
“It’s very important for a football club that you have a good feeling running through the terraces right down to the pitch-side, and we have that.”
“I think there’s a trust from the terraces in what we’re doing and especially in the players that we have. And that trust has came out in a number of areas this year, that has seen us get victories.”
“Because we can’t do it without the tremendous backing that we’ve got here. I think they see that we’re trying to do it the right way, approaching the game in the right style, and hopefully producing football that makes them want to come back every week.”
“And it’ll bode well if we can keep that feeling.”
Alan is right that there’s an increasing trust from the fans that Alan and his coaches, as well as the players, are doing a very good job on Tyneside, and the great team spirit is there for all to see.
It’s not quite as true about Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, but even the top two at the club seem to be doing some of the right things these days, and of course being 4th top of the league and also playing entertaining football helps everything.
Alan Pardew, like Chris Hughton before him, seems to have grown into the job as Newcastle manager, and he seems inspired to be managing a club with the heritage of Newcastle United.
Alan has been good to his word too, in that when he first arrived he said he would play the attacking football the Geordie fans deserved, and he has indeed kept that promise.
Newcastle also signed seven good players in the summer, and they have improved the strength of the squad and Newcastle’s squad this season is without doubt, better than it was last season.
That’s progress and it’s what we all want to see.
But the upcoming games in the Premier League are going to be very tough indeed, but the goal this year has to be to finish on December 31st in the top six.
If the lads can do that, then we look forward to signing around three new players during January to further solidify the squad.
And we don’t want to see any of our players leaving either, so we expect captain Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote still be with us on February 1st.
Howay The Lads!!