Alan Pardew has brought in some very good players in his short 17 months or so at Newcastle.
James Perch – has played great this year
Cheer up James – it may never happen!
We always say that the measure of a good manager, a good coach, is to bring the very best out of the players you have.
Even I could be a decent manager if I was given hundreds of millions of pounds to spend on players, but on second thoughts – maybe not.
Chris Hughton is showing that talent against Birmingham City, and Alan has shown it in spades on Tyneside.
And it’s not only the new players who are over-performing well for the boss, but players we already had at the club – like Tim Krul, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson and James Perch who have all played extremely well under Alan Pardew’s management.
We’ve become big fans of James Perch over the last few months, because he’s shown he can play a bit, when he’s deputizing for the “stars” and James is the type of player any club needs in their squad.
James Perch’s recent form will have been noticed by a number of Premier League sides, but we still hope he will stay at Newcastle.
This is what James has said to day to the local press:
“Whether I’m in the side or not in the side, I’ll still work as hard as I possibly can. That is the same for all of the lads, it is why we are doing as well as we are,”
“In the dressing room we have just got a good, honest bunch of lads. We all work for each other, no matter who is injured, who is out of the side or whatever.”
“No matter what the team is, we all know what the gaffer wants from us. The bare minimum is workrate and that is what we give the manager no matter what.”
“I love playing for this club. I’m really settled here and it’s perfect.” “I moved up here 18 months ago and even when I wasn’t playing last year and people were saying to me ‘You must hate it up there’ I was loving it.”
“I love the place, I love the town, the beaches and everything about it.” “Even though I wasn’t enjoying my football I love the place and I love the club.”
“We are not thinking about the Champions League or Europe or anything,” “We’re just happy to be here but we just don’t want to let ourselves down now. I know it’s a cliche but we’re taking every game as it comes.”
“We need to grasp the opportunity that we’ve been given but the way we do that is just by winning games and not letting ourselves get swept away by what is being said about us.”
James Perch has two years left on the four year contract he signed when he joined in the summer of 2010 for peanuts from Nottingham Forest, but there’s no doubt that his versatility has helped Newcastle this season, and he could be a player for Newcastle in Europe next season.
Maybe it’s too early to offer him an extension to the deal he already has, but it would be a good gesture to show that squad players at Newcastle are also very important to the success of the football club.
We hope James gets that new deal and that he will stay on Tyneside, as he’s shown this season he’s a much better player than we ever thought possible – and there’s no doubt he’s a first class professional.
Sign the lad up – he is an important player in the squad.