Today is the first anniversary of Alan Pardew becoming manager of Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – excellent job over the past year
Last year on this date, which fell on a Thursday, Alan was giving his first interview to the local press, and he came across very well indeed.
Alan had come on board after popular manager Chris Hughton had been unfairly sacked, but since then he’s taken Newcastle up to 3rd place in the Premier League, and currently the lads are in 6th position, just above Liverpool.
While he wasn’t initially welcomed by Newcastle fans, the good form of the team this season has made Alan Pardew an increasing favorite with the fans, and we now often here Alan Pardew’s Black And White Army chants from the crowd.
After taking over the team, he was very wise in not trying to change things too much last season, and he kept the ship steady until the end of the season and Newcastle finished in a very respectable 12th place.
But that was not before one of the most inspiring games Newcastle have ever played at St. James’ Park against Arsenal, when his half-time talk to the players will go down in the annals of Newcastle history.
The lads were 4-0 down after just 26 minutes, immediately following Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool, and the TV commentators had given up and talking about that strange and purely English thing called damage limitation.
But nobody talked about damage limitation to Alan Pardew at half time, and he blasted his players for playing like they were sorry for themselves in front of the huge Geordie crowd.
The rest is history and our boys came out in the second half and did the impossible by leveling the scores at 4-4.
And who will ever forget that goal by Cheick Tiote in the 89th minutes when Cheick ran the 60 yard dash back to the Newcastle half in world record time, and the game made news around the world.
And Alan’s done very well in the two Sunderland derby games, by drawing the first one 1-1 last January, when Sunderland equalized in injury time and then beating Sunderland in August 1-0.
That game was won by a wonderful free-kick from Ryan Taylor – and by the way both games were away at the Stadium of Light.
Alan Pardew oversaw what turned out to be an excellent transfer window this summer when he overhauled the side, after losing four of his best players Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, none of which he wanted to lose.
Most managers would have used that as a potential good excuse, but not Alan, and the Londoner has done an amazing job this season.
And though we are now challenged because of a paper-thin squad, we would not bet against Alan Pardew keeping Newcastle in the top seven this season.
We were dead against Alan Pardew when he came in, but we have warmed to the man, not just because of his great professionalism, but for his undoubted coaching ability too.
And he has quickly grasped what Newcastle fans want, and what the Newcastle United club is all about – and in short he has brought back the Geordie pride to Newcastle on the football field.
It’s hard to think how any manager could have done better than Alan Pardew has done over this last twelve months.
Thanks Alan – and keep it up. 😀