50 year-old Chris Waddle was born in Felling, and he started his career at Tow Law Town before moving to Newcastle in 1980.
Chris Waddle – played for England 61 times
Chris played for four years at Newcastle and appeared 191 times with 52 goals before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 1984.
Waddle also played 61 times with 6 goals for England from 1985 through 1991, when he was playing for Bobby Robson, who was then England manager (1982- 1990).
And Chris played for many clubs in his career which lasted until 1999, and he played 743 games with 147 goals, and he did just great, and since he retired from football he has become a pundit.
As of August 2009 Waddle commentates for ESPN’s coverage of the Premier League.
There’s an excellent interview he has given to employees at a Question and Answer session on Tyneside yesterday, as he was a guest of England sponsors Vauxhall.
And Chris has some good words to say about manager Alan Pardew, who is getting Newcastle fans behind him quickly, with the way he has made Newcastle into a side to be reckoned with over the last twelve months.
Alan has surprised Chris big time with the success he has quickly brought to Newcastle, who are 4th top of the league and we’re now into December – not too bad at all.
This is what Chris said:
“Alan’s come in and probably thought ‘I’m not the public’s choice’, but he’s rolled his sleeves up and got on with it, and now he’s getting his rewards,”
“You’re starting to hear the fans sing ‘Alan Pardew’s black and white army’.” “He’s done a fantastic job. He’s recruited really well, he’s got a good squad there now.”
“Whatever the background was to letting people like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton leave, and Andy Carroll went last January, to lose players like that was massive.”
“But although they’re not household names, he’s brought good players in and they’ve surprised people.” “For example, Demba Ba wouldn’t have been my choice. You’re looking for out-and-out goalscorers, which they needed.”
“But Demba Ba? Well he’s proved me wrong and scored goals.” “Leon Best has also done well.” “Gabriel Obertan has obviously got a good pedigree and was well-respected in France as a young player., but it didn’t happen for him at Manchester United.”
“And Yohan Cabaye has been a great signing, he’s a good player. I was told about him two years ago.” “Newcastle got him and a lot of people said ‘Who’s he?’. But he’s fitted in well. “
“It’s very easy on football to turn around and, if Alan had had a bad start, say ‘What do you expect signing these players?’.” “But the players have gelled. There’s not a star player and I think that’s working in their favor.”
“You need a good changing room, players willing to run an extra ten yards. You can have a lot of egos but you need the players to be together.” “They play at a good tempo, Newcastle.”
“They’re well-organised, they get it down and play. They’ve knitted, and they believe in what Alan’s telling them – that if they work hard, move and pass the ball, and entertain, the fans will love it.”
“Realistically, if they finish eighth, ninth, 10th, they’ll have had a fantastic season.”
With Newcastle’s excellent start to the season, with 26 points from the first 13 league game, that should almost guarantee the side a top 10 place, but of course we know there are no guarantees in the tough Premier League.
Last if took 47 points to be 10th, which is where Sunderland ended up, (sorry to bring that up), one point and two places above Newcastle who famously wilted in that last game of the season against WBA after being 3-0 uop.
That means Newcastle need around 20 points from their last 25 games to get 46 points, and even if there’s a big slump we have to believe Newcastle can reach that points total, at the very least – maybe.
But Newcastle need to take each game as it comes, and just keep racking up those points, and that’s starting with Chelsea this Saturday at St. James’ Park, where 3 points would be just fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!