Alan Pardew has reflected on his very first game in charge of Newcastle, and he still thinks that’s his most important win at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – waving to the Newcastle fans
That was the game at home against Liverpool on Saturday 11th December, which we won 3-1, after Alan had been brought in on the Thursday to replace the fired Chris Hughton.
And Alan has reflected on that game today, since this afternoon will be Mark Hughes’ first game in charge at QPR.
But since it’s an away game for Mark on Tyneside, the pressure will not be on him as it was on Alan, because QPR are not expected to win the game this afternoon.
Pardew looked back on his first game in charge of Newcastle and his relationship with the Geordie fans:
“If I look back on my time here, I would say that was the most important win – even if I was to go on and win a trophy.”
“But I don’t think that’s so much the case for Mark in his situation. When you’re at home in your first game, it’s very important to win. I think the first home game will be that game for Mark.”
“He’s not expected to win here – and I think that’s what makes it more dangerous for us. He can probably attack it if he feels that way inclined, so I’m on my guard tactically.”
“It’s always important for a manager because that’s who’s paying the money.” “You want them to come in the door and enjoy what you’re doing.
“I think I have gained respect – I wouldn’t say there is any love going on, for me. Certainly, I like to think they respect me and what I’ve done here.”
It looks like Alan is not getting too carried away with his relationship with the Newcastle fans, but the bottom line is he’s been a huge positive shock to a lot of us.
And who would have thought we would be 7th in the table, when the league started back in August, and if we win this afternoon we’ll go above Liverpool into 6th position.
With top players like Nolan, Barton and Enrique having left in the summer, joining Andy Carroll out of the door, there was even concern at the beginning of the season about the team being relegated again.
But Alan has done just a great job in his first year on Tyneside, and he deserves huge credit for that.
As far as love goes, well we’re not too sure about that. :D.
And it was good to see Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City win 6-0 away yesterday at Milwall, and they are now on a five game unbeaten run and in 6th place in the Championship, with a game in hand.
Chris is showing he’a a very good manager again at Birmingham City, and both Newcastle and Birmingham could be in 6th place in their respective leagues after this afternoon’s game at St. James’ Park.
We have to hoppe that’s the case.