Alan Pardew has come out with a rallying cry to his troops for the Chelsea game, and he us asking his team to win the game for the memory of the great Gary Speed.
Win this game in honor of Gary Speed
The Newcastle United club have put a fitting tribute in place for one of the real gentlemen of football, who took his own life over the weekend, after attending the Manchester United game at Old Trafford with his friend Alan Shearer.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Our players will be desperate for us to win to pay a tribute in that way,” “We can’t guarantee that, of course, but we are going to try.”
“He was a great player here and a captain of this club, and he has been a big loss to us this week.”
“The training ground has been heavy, particularly the first two days, because we had a lot of staff and players who don’t just remember him as a great player, but as a great person, so it has been a difficult week.
“Even today, it was a little bit low, but hopefully by the time the game comes around, we can at least prepare ourselves mentally.”
I’ve been a bit surprised how emotional I’ve been when reading and writing about Gary this week, but he was a big favorite of mine, and I’ve always admired men like Gary, who are gentlemen and an inspiration to others, especially the youngsters.
But give a thought to John Carver, and others, who knew Gary very well and have been simply devastated by the news of his passing.
Alan Pardew has said today that John Carver is not OK about it, and is still very very upset at Gary’s passing.
Of course not only did John work with Gary when he was Assistant manager to Bobby Robson from 1999-2004, when Gary was at Newcastle, but he was also Speed’s assistant when the Welshman took his first management job at Sheffieled United.
Then Gary was appointed the new manager of Wales on 14th December 2010.
Alan talked about John Carver:
“He’s going to take part…he’s not okay, he’s very, very upset.” “He was very close to Gary and he’s going to find it probably more difficult than anyone on Saturday.”
“I will put my arm around him and get him right for the game because he’s very important to us.”
“I don’t think the players will have a problem to respond once the ball is kicked and competitive action starts, but there will certainly be one or two players in that line-up who will be very, very upset, for sure.”
“I will make sure my coaching team will go round and get them right for the game.”
There will not be too many dry eyes during the tribute to Gary Speed on Saturday afternoon, and all we want to see from our players is 100% all-out effort, and if they do that then whatever the result, we’ll be happy enough.
And they will have further honored Gary Speed and everything he stood for.