Alan Pardew is determined that the recent controversy about the naming rights at St. James’ Park will not affect him or his players.
Alan Pardew – let’s hope he’s doing this at 5:00pm on Saturday
That’s certainly the right approach for Alan to take, as the Newcastle side face their biggest test of the season so far at Manchester City on Saturday, and it will be the first time they will be facing a top four side in the league this season.
The reports of a foul mouthed tirade by Derek LLambias on former managers Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, and remarks by Derek suggesting that Chris Hughton would never have taken Newcastle to where they want to be, have not helped things either.
But quire rightly, Alan and his coaches along with his players are hardly going to let these controversies upset the apple-cart, and the lads have made a terrific start to the season so far, and we are all looking forward to the game on Saturday with the proverbial bated breath – well at least we are. 😀
We’ll be able to see just how well Newcastle can cope with a side that has spent hundreds of millions of pounds on their players over the last three years. And they’re not a bad side either.
Alan Pardew has given his first interview since the news broke about Mike Ashley changing the name of the St. James’ Stadium, which came as another big shock to Newcastle fans everywhere:
“It is about getting back to the business of football – something we have done well at this year.” “The guys who haven’t been on international duty have been terrific.
“The training has been brilliant. We are looking forward to the game.” “We have a few players to come back today and Man City certainly have the luxury of more players to call upon. But we can’t wait.”
“Man City still have a lot to do to stay at the top of the league ahead of Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs, who are beginning to settle now, so the race really is on for that title.”
“Obviously, we’re in it as well as we speak.” “We are going to try to stay there as long as we can.”
As usual the faithful Newcastle fans will be out in force at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and not surprisingly the game between the only two unbeaten sides left in the football league, is being televised live around the world.
Newcastle have still to register a win against any side in the top half of the Premier League this season, but there again we’ve only played 11 games.
Wonder what the chances of Newcastle winning are?
Howay The Lads!!