Alan Pardew has been in great demand over the weekend, after Newcastle suitably dispatched an ordinary looking Stoke side 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Saturday, for their 6th win on the trot.
Bobby Robson – had Newcastle 3rd in 2003 with 69 points
And Alan has said that the season has been very enjoyable, mostly because of the squad he has built up, with the team spirit and camaraderie being a major factor in the team’s success this season.
Newcastle are now in 4th position in the Premier League on 62 points after 34 games played, and we have games against Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a) to finish the season.
This is what Alan said over the weekend, in one of the many interviews he gave:
“I have never enjoyed myself more as a football manager as I do now.” “Being a manager is a tough business and I’ve had a year which hasn’t been tough, instead it’s been really enjoyable.”
“That is thanks to my staff and the players who have been brilliant.” “I am not going to say who I think is our player of the year; that would be ridiculous.” “But we have got four or five candidates and you could put a cigarette paper between them. “
“That’s how good we have been.” “Someone said to me recently that, one to eleven, that I must be delighted. I told them I was delighted with one to twenty two. I really am.”
“Guys like James Perch, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, before he got injured, have been great.” “Shane Ferguson has come in and done great in his cameos.”
“Shola Ameobi has had a great season, although he’s obviously not going to win player of the year, but he’s made a fantastic impact.”
“I can’t think of a negative within the squad. As a manager, I cannot remember the last time this has happened to me. It’s fantastic.”
It’s very true that Alan has instilled in the players that what’s important is how the team plays, and not necessarily on individual performances.
And that seems to have paid off big time this season, with the lads getting that winning mentality, and they now have 18 wins in their 34 league games – not too bad at all.
When Bobby Robson had us in 3rd place in 2003, behind champions Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal, we had 21 wins, 6 draws and 11 defeats and 69 points – and we were 2 points above Chelsea and 5 points above Liverpool.
Newcastle currently have 18 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats and 62 points and are in 4th place, with still four games to play.
A good end to the season could equal that 2003 record, or even better it.
In three weeks time it will be over, and we have to hope the lads can garner a top four finish, and that would make this an absolutely outstanding season for Newcastle United.
Then we can all look forward to Newcastle bringing is some top players over the summer, to significantly strengthen the still too small squad.