Since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle in early December of 2010, he has slowly but surely got the Geordie fans on his side.
Alan Pardew – has performed wonders on Tyneside
It’s not a mystery that fans didn’t want Pardew as the Newcastle manager, when he was the surprise choice to replace that real gentleman of football – Chris Hughton.
Chris had become a big favorite on Tyneside, after magically getting Newcastle promoted from the Championship with 102 points and 30 wins, and he got Newcastle back where they belong – and back into the Premier League at the first attempt.
For that reason alone, Chris will remain in the annals of Newcastle United’s famous history.
And Chris got Newcastle off to a decent start in the Premier League last season, so when Alan came in it’s hardly surprising that fans were furious.
But it was Pardew’s first press conference, when he was completely on his lonesome, and no Derek LLambias to be seen, that the Wimbledon-born Londoner talked a lot of sense.
Alan said he couldn’t do anything about the Chris Hughton sacking, and that he had already called Chris and talked to him on the phone.
And Pardew seemed to win over the Newcastle players almost immediately, he mentioned he had seen some defensive things he wanted to fix, and then led Newcastle out to a 3-1 win against Liverpool at St. James’ Park.
It was a good start by Alan, who has come across as a straight shooter at Newcastle, and he had already showed a lot of courage in the first three days of his tenure at Newcastle.
But then of course in January of last year, after telling everybody who would listen, that Andy Carroll was going nowhere, the Gateshead-born striker was famously sold on the last day of the transfer window to Liverpool.
John Anderson, the former Irish international knows about Newcastle, and the defender played for us from 1982 through 1992, and he had this to say about the Carroll affair in The Independent today:
“At the time there was uproar,””Now when you meet the fans they tell you it was too good an offer to turn down.”
“Tactically, Pardew is very astute, he knows a lot about the opposition every time we play,” “People thought he was a yes-man,”
“But this season has been beyond everyone’s wildest dreams.”
And with the help of key people in the Newcastle camp, like Graham Carr the Chief Scout, Alan oversaw what turned out to be a great transfer window for Newcastle last summer.
And in addition to players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon arriving, Newcastle picked up Papiss Cisse in January for £9M from German club SC Freiburg.
The Newcastle team has over-achieved this season, in the same way that Liverpool have under-achieved, after the famous Merseyside club spent around £116M, since Kenny Dalglish arrived at the club a short 15 months ago, just after Alan arrived at Newcastle.
Newcastle have spent less that a quarter of that transfer sum on their players and are 8 points clear of Liverpool in the league.
And if the lads can get a win today against The Reds, it will be a fitting result for a man who has performed wonders on Tyneside, and long may it continue.