There’s not too many Newcastle fans who welcomed the introduction of Alan Pardew as manager, after the very likable Chris Hughton had been surprisingly fired last December.
A great shot of Alan Pardew after the Stoke victory
But when Alan Pardew is in the Toon these days, he is greeted with smiles and handshakes, and the Newcastle fans are taking to him big time, because of the way he has amazingly got Newcastle into 3rd position in the Premier League.
Assistant Manager John Carver was no different than many of the other fans, when Pardew was announced as manager, and at that time last December John was Assistant Manager to former Newcastle midfield player Gary Speed at Sheffield United.
Speed has since gone onto manage Wales, and he’s making a good job of it too, and that left John Carver available, and Alan snapped him up the former Newcastle Assistant Manager in January, another excellent appointment by Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew deserves enormous credit for that he has done so far at Newcastle, and while Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias continue to do some daft things and seem to continue to be completely out of touch with the fans, Alan isn’t.
And he’s given the fans a good team to to support again, almost in spite of Ashley and LLambias, but to be fair they have to take credit for the appointment of Pardew.
That at the moment seems like a complete master stroke – to be fair – and they have to be given credit for the signings last summer, which now seem to have been very good buys indeed.
John Carver had this to say today about Alan’s appointment:
“I couldn’t believe it,” “For a start, I was angry that Chris had been sacked just a few weeks after the 5-1 win over Sunderland.”
“When I heard Alan was taking over, I thought it was a strange decision.” “Newcastle are a club that have traditionally had big-name managers and I couldn’t understand why the club thought he was the right man.”
“There was no obvious connection and he didn’t seem to tick too many of the boxes others had. Mind you, even then there was a part of me which admired him for taking it.”
“OK, you don’t turn down a job like Newcastle if it’s offered to you.” “On the other hand, it showed strength of character because he knew he was not a popular choice and had to win over a lot of people, not to mention the players.”
“Promoting Steve Stone to first-team coach was a shrewd move,” “Steve’s a Gateshead lad and though he never played for the club, he’s black and white daft and was someone at the coal face who had real knowledge about what Newcastle United is all about.”
“He’s a good coach, too, but his promotion was firm evidence that Alan had this job sussed.” “It took only five minutes to realise this fella’s got something.”
“Alan’s plans for Newcastle really excited me and I needed no convincing to return to the club I love.” “I signed a four-month contract in case things didn’t work out, but both of us soon knew it would be a more permanent arrangement.”
Newcastle visit league leaders Manchester City tomorrow, and they are also the only other unbeaten side in the Premier League apart from the Magpies, and it’s the first of three tough matches against the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, on successive Saturdays.
The Newcastle defense has the best record in the football league with 8 goals conceded from their 11 games, but they will be put under a very stern test tomorrow afternoon, by the very highly priced Man City stars.
Alan Pardew has quickly bought into the the way Mike Ashley runs the club, with bargain buys being one of the things Newcastle have been very good at over the last couple of years, and of course the club has a very high concentration on youth.
And during last month’s 1-0 win over Wigan, which took Newcastle into third place in the table, with the great winner coming after 81 minutes from Yohan Cabaye, the Gallowgate End at St. James’ Park chanted Pardew’s name for the very first time.
You could see at the time the subdued delight on Alan’s face, as Newcastle were near to yet another victory, and John Carver mentioned it to him after the game:
“I mentioned it to him,” “I told him he must be doing something right because sometimes it can take a long time to win over these fans.”
“He had a little chuckle and I knew it must have been a special moment for him. Now I’ve just got to stop him saying ‘Newcaaarstle’ and he’ll have cracked it.”
We’ve had notes from readers criticizing the way he calls it Newcarstle – Alan – there’s no “r” in Newcastle – but of course if you or I were born in London, we’d probably say it the same way.
But there again we would be Arsenal or Tottenham supporter – heaven forbid. 😀
If that’s the only thing that upsets us about Alan – then everything will be just great!
Alan is a workaholic, and he knew when he came to Newcastle that any manager who could make the side successful again, would soon take on hero status on Tyneside.
With the way Newcastle have started the season, Alan is seeing some of the rewards and the warmth of the Newcastle fans that goes with their club now being successful and earning good positive headiness around the world.
If it is possible for Alan to work any harder than he has been doing these last eleven months, he’ll do that.
Alan Pardew had done a wonderful job at Newcastle United so far, and he has very quickly found out how to turn an ordinary to good side into a top side.
And the way he has done that is simply by very hard work, and planning in meticulous detail.
Long may that continue.