Alan Pardew had great respect for West Brom’s very experienced manager Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson – WBA’s experienced manager
Newcastle did extremely well in Sunday’s game with Norwich and to win it 1-0 when we were far from our best shows the lads’ fighting qualities.
Newcastle took a lot of criticism for the display, but if you watched the Manchester City game against Chelsea last night – City were just hopeless for the first 75 minutes and they spent over £800M on players since August of 2008.
We’ve spent about two and sixpence since then, in comparison. 😀
Roy is one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League and has managed over 20 different sides since he was Assistant Manager at Maidstone United in 1971, where he started his management career.
He has since managed Switzerland, Blackburn Rovers, Inter-Milan, FC Copenhagen. Finland, Fulham and Liverpool, amongst others, since 1971.
It turns out Newcastle United have 999 points in the Premier League since 1993, and anything out of the game on Sunday will get us to that 1,000 point total.
Alan Pardew seems to be a big admirer of 64 year-old Roy Hodgson’s management ability:
“Roy is as good a candidate as anybody for the England boss for me.” “I know Harry Redknapp is probably the media’s favourite to get the job, but Roy would be a great choice.”
“He has put together a strong side at West Brom and he has very good players.” “He will make it tough for us.”
We think Newcastle will find WBA a tough nut to crack on Sunday, and they gave us all we could handle when they won 3-2 at St. James’ Park in December, and only Chelsea this season have also managed to do that.
But the good news is that West Brom are probably better away from home than at The Hawthorns.
In their 14 home games they have four wins and 14 points, but in their 15 games on the road they have 6 wins and 22 points.
Alan Pardew has had a talk with his players this week, as they assess where we are and what goals the lads could achieve in the final 9 games of the season.
With the win on Sunday we now have 47 points, one more point than we got the whole of last season in 38 games, and we could end up with our highest points total since 2003.
Alan Pardew talked to the local press today and talked about the 47 points, one point more than last season’s total:
“I noticed that stat and that we are one point better off, but the boys are staying focused.” “Last week’s refocusing has set us on a new direction.”
“At the start of the season we would have taken a place in the top 10.” “Yet this is a new team and we have to see where we can finish in the last nine games.”
“The win was important for us but the clean sheet was perhaps more important.” “We are in a good state and we got a lift from it.” “We are vibrant going into the game and that bodes very well for Sunday.”
“It is a tough game but everybody was in a good frame of mind for it in training yesterday.” “We will be out there to stump West Brom’s growth on Sunday.”
With the clean sheet on Sunday that’s now 10 for the season, and one more than last season, and it’s the first time we have reached double figures since Glenn Roeder got us up to 7th place with 58 points in 2006, when we won six of our last seven league games.
A win on Sunday at West Brom would take us up to 50 points, and we’ll be really flying.