Alan Pardew talked on Thursday to the press about his first year in charge at Newcastle, which has been very successful.
Alan Pardew – took over a bit of a crazy club
With seven new players coming in over the summer, and four top players having departed Newcastle this year, Alan Pardew has created a new-look team on Tyneside, and one that tries to win every single game.
Alan promised attacking football when he first arrived at Newcastle a year ago, and he has delivered on that promise.
This is what Alan said about coming to Newcastle:
“It’s such a huge club, there were no doubts in my mind about coming here.” “It was a bit tongue in cheek when I said about other managers telling me I was crazy to take the job.”
“They said what was I doing it for? They were pleased for me, but they said, ‘You know what it’s like there? It’s a bit of a crazy club.” “Well, we aren’t so crazy now.”
“There isn’t so much bad news coming out.” “When you come into a club, it’s important to make progress and we’ve managed to do that.”
“I’m really happy with the team, I’ve got a great set of players who fight every week to try and get the right result and for a Newcastle fan, that’s very, very important.”
“There have been more highs than lows. I’ve really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the future.” “It’s about making sure we have a good product on the pitch for the fans.”
“I think they appreciate our team. We have to get through this difficult period caused by all the injuries, but if we do we could have a great season.”
“Is the job easier than I thought? No, but the end product is probably as good as I’d have hoped for in terms of where we are in the league.”
“It’s been eventful and demanding. I’d not expect anything else at a big club like this.” “As a club, we’ve tried to do it the right way, and I’ve tried to put a team on the pitch that plays the game in the right manner.”
“I’ll never change my philosophy – that my teams have to be on the front foot, trying to win the game – and that has served us well.”
Alan has had to deal with his fair share of challenges at Newcastle over the last twelve months, and they started with Newcastle surprisingly selling Andy Carroll on the last day of last January’s transfer window.
That was after the manager had told anybody who would listen, that Newcastle would simply not sell, and then he had to explain the club’s decision to sell on the next day – February 1st.
And not for the first time or the last, he was left on his lonesome to explain the actions of the Newcastle Board.
But of course Alan had said Newcastle would not sell before Liverpool came in with a daft offer of £35M up front in cool cash, and Newcastle took their money.
And at the moment that looks like a good deal for Newcastle and not so good a deal for Liverpool.
Remember that in the previous summer Stoke had bid £6M for Andy, which had been turned down.
But through the ups and downs, Pardew has been a very steady hand at the Newcastle wheel, and he has been able to get the majority of his players to play at their top form.
Those players include Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best and Demba Ba, and there are others too.
Alan’s overall record at Newcastle is 39 games played, 15 wins, 14 draws and 11 defeats for a win average of 38.5% and a loss average of 28.2%, which is not too bad.
We are hoping that record will get better by the end of the season, starting with a possible all 3 points at Carrow Road on Saturday, with what will be a patched up side, because of the current spate of injuries.