This has been the best start to the season since the mid 1990s when the great Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.
Alan Pardew – tough job for the Newcastle manager
But after Saturday’s game there are now huge challenges ahead for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, as injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini have exposed the threadbare Newcastle squad.
It’s going to be difficult for the manager to put together a strong team for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City, but Alan Pardew has done wonders at Newcastle since he arrived 12 months ago.
And we’ll just have to see what he does this week to overcome the latest challenge (crisis?) at Newcastle.
If you ever thought being manager of Newcastle United was easy, just let’s review some of the stuff the Alan has had to confront since he became the Newcastle manager:
- Alan came in after the surprise dismissal of the very popular Chris Hughton, and he was hardly welcomed with open arms by the Newcastle fans
- After talking incessantly last January about how it was important to keep Newcastle’s best players and that Andy Carroll was simply not for sale, Andy Carroll was sold for £35M to Liverpool and to make matters worse it was too late to bring in a replacement.
- Newcastle were drawn away at Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and went out 3-1 in one of the embarrassing FA Cup exits in Newcastle’s long history
- And just to rub it in, Newcastle’s best four best players last January – Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton – were all sold in Alan’ s first 9 months at the Newcastle club against his wishes
- We were told that the Andy Carroll money would be fully invested back into the club, but Newcastle failed to bring a replacement striker on the last day of the summer transfer window, and Pardew never spoke to the press for a full week after that, as the reports were he was simply furious with the Newcastle Board
- Newcastle eventually invested an amount of around £1M in the summer transfer window
- In spite of everything that seemed to go wrong, including an American tour that was ill-advised, Newcastle made a fantastic start to the season and are currently still in 6th place and 3 points above Liverpool in the league, after 14 games played
- Just in case Alan was thinking the Newcastle job was easy, he has just been hit with both top center-backs – Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini injured – with Steven out for the full season and not much available in the squad who have played at center-back before
- And so it goes
All of the above has happened in the first year since Alan was appointed on December 9th last year – 363 days ago.
But Newcastle are doing well, and whether we’re up on top, in the middle of the table, or struggling down below, things at the Newcastle club are simply never boring.
And being the manager of Newcastle United has to be one of the most difficult jobs in football.
Keep up the good work Alan. 😀
Howay The Lads!!