We’ve noticed that Alan Pardew has been severely criticizes by some of our readers following the 5-0 humiliation at Spurs last Saturday.
Chris Waddle – Pardew has built good side on Tyneside
But Newcastle are not as good a team as Spurs and we didn’t play well, and Spurs on the other hand were at the top of the game, and the result was a severe defeat for the Magpies.
Bit in the five league games before Spurs we had won four of them, and we fully expect Newcastle to get back on their winning ways in the remaining 13 league games left to play this season.
When Bobby Robson left the club in late August of 2004, we had finished in 4th place, 3rd place and 5th place in the Premier League in his last three seasons in charge, and this could be the highest position we’ve finished since then.
But it would need to be better than 7th place, because Glenn Roeder performed miracles from February of 2006, when he took over as manager from Graeme Souness.
Newcastle won six of their least seven league games in that season, and finished in 7th place in 2006 with 58 points.
We have to remember that Newcastle are still just one point out of a Champions League position with a good 42 points, and Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are having their own troubles this season, and are not particularly the excellent sides they once were.
Chris Waddle, born in Felling , played from Newcastle from 1980 through 1985, and played 191 times for the Magpies with 52 goals.
“Alan Pardew has put a good team together at Newcastle – on and off the field.” “You have to look at his staff as well.”
“Johnny Carver has done well too, he knows the club very well and worked under Bobby.” “He was a young pro at the club there himself and I remember him being there as a kid.”
“There’s other good former pros in the background, people like Steve Stone and Andy Woodman.” “They’re all focused on what they want to achieve.”
“Alan Pardew has been pushing his squad to the limit.” “Leon Best and Ryan Taylor have been injured and Yohan Cabaye was suspended.”
“The two Senegal players have been back and Papiss Cisse scored a fantastic goal last week against Villa and Demba Ba is doing very well.
“The squad has been really tested though for me.” “Coloccini has became a knowledgeable centre-half who knows how to play Premier League.”
“He knows how to play now.” “At first he looked like a fish out of water to be honest.” “But he’s settled now and knows the game – he’ll be huge in the run-in.”
The coaching staff at Newcastle seems first class, and Alan Pardew was wise to bring in some local lads like John Carver, who did so well when he was Assistant manager to Bobby Robson.
But of course it’s never easy when the side gets hammered 5-0 in front of a watching world TV audience, but it’s perhaps best to keep things in perspective, and a win against Wolves in our next game should settle things down.
And then we have to face Sunderland at St. James’ Park in the next game.