Some good words today from Matt Le Tissier about both Alan Pardew and the Newcastle side.
Matt Le Tissier – Tiote and Cabaye are heartbeat of the side
Le Tissier spent his entire playing career Southampton, and in 540 appearances for the south coast side, scored 210 goals in career the lasted from 1986 through 2002.
And after being just a little critical of Newcastle earlier in the season, it seems that Newcastle’s brave performances this season has warmed the pundit not only to the new Newcastle side but also to manager Alan Pardew.
This is what Matt said today:
“I thought he was doing a good job at Southampton and I was very surprised when he was sacked.”
“He hasn’t really surprised me, he has a lot of experience and he’s managed teams in the Premier League before and done well.”
“I think a lot of people looked at the Newcastle squad and saw the players that left and the players that came in and thought they would struggle, myself included.”
“But I didn’t know a great deal about Tiote and Cabaye in midfield and they’ve formed a brilliant partnership and that’s the heartbeat of the team.”
“Best and Ba have chipped in with goals and they’ve been solid at the back, but no I’m not surprised at how well Alan’s done since he was appointed.”
“Steven Taylor is very good. I think there’s probably a few players ahead of him at the moment but certainly if he carries on the way he’s been playing this season he won’t be too far off the England squad.”
When Alan Pardew was sacked from Southampton there were a lot of fans in the south who were sorry to see him go, and he seemed to have done a good job at the club, and of course since then Southampton been promoted.
Southampton are five points clear of West Ham at the top of the Championship at the moment, and it would be great of the Saints could make it back to the Premier League.
As we have well documented, we were not big fans of Alan Pardew’s appointment, and were also just a little worried over the summer that we had lost more of our best players in Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton.
But who would have thought the side would have done so well this season, at least so far? Not too many.
But Pardew has shown he is a take charge type of guy with some good ideas, and immediately bought into the Newcastle strategy of developing good youngsters, and going after bargain buys.
And as we have heard since the appointment, he is the type of take-charge manager, who will get involved in the transfers, that Ashley and LLambias wanted to bring in last December, to replace Chris Hughton.
One last note – Mark Jenson contacted me today and they have at last launched The MAG web-site online, after 23 years publishing the magazine – so take a look at it – it looks good.