One of the things we’ve learned about Alan Pardew since he arrived at Newcastle, is that he has a burning desire to be successful.
6’8″ Phil Jackson – famous and successful pro Basketball coach
And it seems that he’s studied the great Basketball coach, Phil Jackson, of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, who won an amazing 11 NBA Championships – six with Chicago and Michael Jordan and five with the Lakers.
In 20 seasons in management until he finally retired last year, Phil won 11 Championships and was the beaten finalist in another two with the Lakers – not too bad a record at all.
John Carver spilled the beans on the influence Phil has had on Alan Pardew last November, when he said:
“A couple of months after he got here, the gaffer gave me a book by the NBA coach Phil Jackson. He gave me his autobiography ‘More than a Game’.”
“It’s all about being a player and stepping up to being a coach and then on to being a successful manager.” “It’s about his methods, how he does things.”
“It’s the stuff he says in dressing rooms, how to motivate players and how to say it.” “He had read it himself and it was very interesting that he was taking things from all over the place, different sports and different walks of life.”
Alan Pardew made it very clear in his press conference yesterday that he wanted to win this game tomorrow against top club Liverpool.
The Reds have won the European Cup five times, more than any other British football club, since Glasgow Celtic became the first British club to win it back in 1967 under the great Jock Stein.
This is what Pardew said about tomorrow’s game:
“We would be sitting so pretty if we win this one. Our focus isn’t anywhere else. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible for them to catch us, but it would be tough.”
“I always think that someone like Kenny Dalglish is a manager that players love. What he portrays in the media isn’t really him. He’s had a lot of criticism this week, unfairly.”
“And I think the players will be up to show they love their boss, so I think we need to be on our guard.” “I think they’re going to come here and be in good shape.”
Pardew will have to keep the Newcastle players calm and centered, and taking each game as it comes. We’re on 50 points right now, and heaven knows how many points we can accumulate in the last 8 games of the season.
But the only thing that matters right now is to get the win tomorrow, and it looks like Newcastle will go all out and attack Liverpool – and certainly their defense is not the best in the league -0 so that seems a good policy.