The Newcastle club is getting great press at the moment around the world, and I even had a couple of former IBM colleagues call me yesterday – and it was all about how well the lads have been doing.
Alan Pardew – has put together a tremendous team at Newcastle
Newcastle literally made headlines around the world over the weekend, as their fantastic winning streak was extended to six games, and we agree with what Harry Redknapp has said over the weekend – it’s a miracle what Alan Pardew Newcastle have done this season.
If Newcastle fans had asked what they really wanted from Newcastle last August, not many would have even mentioned getting into a top four position.
But that’s now a possibility, although we do have some tough encounters over the last four games of the season.
It seems the strength of this Newcastle side is in the team spirit the lads have shown, and the club will need to be careful in the summer to bring in the right characters again, and also try to keep some of the lads – like Danny Guthrie, Danny Simpson and James Perch on board.
James Perch is an excellent example of how Newcastle players have improved this season, and he is a very good advertisement of Alan Pardew’s man management skills, that James now looks like a Premier League player – and in a number of different positions too.
Alan Pardew talked after the 3-0 win on Saturday of the Newcastle dressing room being the best he has ever been associated with, as either a player or a manager:
“I have played in a very good Crystal Palace team which finished third in this division and I had a very good side at West Ham, but it did not have the camaraderie of this group,”
“I hope that means the players we have got all want to stay and we can do it all again next year, because clubs will look at these players now and try and take them off our hands.”
“It might be that belief and love they have for each other which will keep them here.” “I am hoping that we get to such a point where there is not really many places above where they can go. That is what we really want.”
“Momentum at this club can be a powerful force and I am lucky not to have been here when it is going the other way because playing in front of 52,000 when it is not going well must be tough, I am sure of that, but this year the momentum is with us.”
“I drove in and had a coffee early this morning and you can feel the buzz. The fans were out early, getting themselves prepared for the game and you can feel the atmosphere.” “We are not going to put the dream down and throw any clichés at it, but we simply have a chance.”
“Football is important in this city. There are a lot of people out of work and when you look elsewhere it is a tough environment for businesses and for people to earn money.” “But when they come to the stadium, they see a team playing like today and it just lifts you.”
“They can take that back into the workplace.” “You cannot not enjoy some of that play today, especially with the four-pronged attack. It was great.”
Football is more than just important to the City of Newcastle – it is it’s life-blood, and the city center must be rocking at the moment, and the manager and players will be treated as Gods.
A good example of that was last week when Papiss Cisse went for that haircut in Gateshead, and he was mobbed by young Newcastle fans.
Since then Newcastle have another win under their belts, and Papiss has scored another glorious goal for the Magpies – his 11th in just 10 games in that famous black and white shirt.
What a player this lad is – and what a team Newcastle are at the moment.