Alan has talked today about knowing exactly what Newcastle fans are saying and thinking, at any given time.
John Carver – keeps Pardew up to date on what fans are saying
That’s good and of course, and with Geordies John Carver and Steve Stone on his staff, he will be told what’s going on with the fans all the time – after all John and Steve are Newcastle fans too.
This is what Alan said today in the Daily Telegraph:
“There’s nothing I don’t know about what’s going on in the town – how they feel about us, how they feel about the club, how they feel about removing the sign at the ground, how they feel about the performance at Spurs and how they feel about this game,”
“They are probably looking at our results and we are looking at theirs but it’s not about Newcastle finishing above Sunderland. For me, it’s about finishing higher than we did last year, to progress and have a great season.”
“O’Neill has done an unbelievable job,” “I saw him a couple of times in a social environment before he went to Sunderland and I thought he looked ready to return. Taking the job has inspired him.”
“In today’s age, as a manager, you have to be very single-minded, you have to be strong mentally to cope with some of the criticism, the personal criticism that comes your way – and it has become too personal,”
It’s a really tough job to be a football manager in England, and there is so much criticism that’s given to the managers, most of it being unfair.
But that’s the kind of job it is, and it’s no place for those who cannot take the heat, real heat, and we’ve noticed Alan is very calm and measured whether we have won or lost the game in his post-match TV interviews, and that’s very good, and not unlike Chris Hughton before him.
Alan talked about his Assistant manager John Carver, who has lots of experience as a Newcastle coach.
John rose in the ranks and he was very successful being the right-hand man of a certain former Newcastle manager – the great Bobby Robson – when Newcastle were flying high in the European Champions League.
“I didn’t fear the job. But I didn’t know what I’d find.” “He gives me the psyche of the fan,” “He’s generally grumpy about something, he will always come in and have a gripe, in a nice way.”
There has been less and less to gripe about since Pardew’s succeeded Chris Hughton. The appointment was widely criticized but Pardew was confident in his ability and knew what he wanted.
“I had a good record, good experience, I worked well with young players – and I want to win something,” “I don’t want to finish ninth in the Premier League. There will be a season, somewhere down the line, when ninth will be ‘thank god for that’.”
“That season will come – a run of injuries, it’s not working, you get sucked into a war down the bottom and the middle of the table will seem like a haven.” “We need to buy players who are going to have value, we don’t buy 31-year-olds,”
“Those players are not on our agenda at all. Newcastle have made mistakes in the past in doing that and we won’t do it again.”
“We should strive for better than that and we play in front of 52,000 fans, that will always attract players, we have to use that to our advantage. If I was a player, I’d like to play in our team. The most important thing is to have a team that looks like it’s going forward and we have that.”
Yes, I’d like to play for Newcastle too, the way things are. 😀
And we think it’s a decent strategy to only bring in the younger players, and while not all the deals pay off, most of them will be good buys for the club, and certainly the transfer record over the last couple of years is good.
It seems there are a lot of players that will want to join Newcastle in the summer, and that will be even more true, if the lads can finish in the top six and qualify for the Europa League next season.
We think Newcastle’s transfer business is all ready to go, once the season finishes on 13th May, and we expect players to be coming in shortly after the last game of the season at Everton.
Howay The Lads!!
We want to pass on a message from Thomas Chan, Vice Chairman, The Hong Kong Newcastle United FC Supporters Club.
The Live match vs Mackems is being shown live from Hong Kong at Cable TV CH200/300, and there will be an official Supporters Club gathering begin at 7:30 pm (Hong Kong time) to watch the live match together with some local Toon Army at Trafalgar Bar in Wanchai.