Pardew – This Is The Best Dressing Room I Have Ever Known

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    okay – hopefully not many exits then 🙂

  • gaz 44

    Apr 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    tiote is the mostimportant player in the team imo as the way he can just sit in front of the defense and just constantly break up the play allows pards to play 3 up top or formation he had Saturday.. cabaye Ben arfa and santon all suit this formation better .. also i think this is the formation pardew had in mind in summer when we was linked with that dm who went to psg

  • gaz 44

    Apr 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3


  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Gaz – blaise matuidi or something like this

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Reading between the lines ……………..

    We will lose all of our players this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Apr 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon_Tom // Apr 23, 2012 at 8:51 AM
    Reading between the lines ……………..
    We will lose all of our players this

    think positive

  • IrishToon009

    Apr 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    some words there casts my mind back to the any given sunday speech!!

  • Bryan

    Apr 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Saturday was the best I have seen us play for years. You could see the confidence just oousing out of our play. It was so great to see. The big improvement for me was they mostley eliminated my pet hate in football, the big hoof up field from the back missing out our midfield. Our back four were always looking to give it short. An unsung hero for me was Jonas. He was great next to Tiote, kept it simple closed players down and allowed Cabeye to produce one of his best displays for us. Its the first time in years where I thought we looked like a top 4 side and with 3 or 4 top signings next season and most importantly hold on to our existing players, who knows where this team could go. Well done lads.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed – your obvious excitement is shining through all the way from the US.
    Yes, our team is doing fabulously at present and everyone connected with the club should be extremely proud of themselves.
    With Cisse and the boys in the mood they’re in we don’t fear anyone (inc. City and Chelsea).
    Four games to go? Bring ’em on!

  • Toon_Army

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Getting Relegated was the most pivotal point in our clubs history in the last 20 years, it put our paycheck players like Owen on the same level as the Ameobi’s and that dedication of those who stuck it out shone through, all credit to Nolan, Barton and Carroll they all did thier bit and we are grateful for their service but Pardew came in knowing the had a blank canvas, a thing of rarity these days and came up with a Picasso, given the financial constraints that were in place it really is truly remarkable to have a side playing football toe to toe with the best in the Prem, such is the belief that they may very well win their remaining games. A very special season.

    Credit to Ash for his financial savvy and covering out overdraft BUT I still think he is a bit tight fisted on the transfer front (where would we be if we had Cisse in the summer and that defensive cover we desperately needed – Title challengers anyone?) renaming the stadium is a total farce, and rightly so many still refer to the stadium by it’s original name of St James Park, I always have a wry smirk when the commentators give it a mention.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon_Army @ 10 – You’re right about Ashley.
    Sometimes you just have to speculate to accumulate and going for Cisse and a good stand-in centre half in the summer window would probably have seen us easily in the Champions League by now without the nail biting.
    Still think the top two would have been a bridge too far however.
    It will be interesting to see what Ashley’s transfer plans are this summer. Does he make a small overall outlay (as is his usual plan) or really invest in the squad to take this fantastic team even further.
    It’s a real stick or twist scenario for the gambler that he is.
    If he gets it wrong we might not be as happy this time next year as we are now.
    No one out (except those like Smith, Kadar, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger, Xisco etc.), 3/4 top players in and a clutch of good talented youngsters for the Academy/Reserves, plus an apologetic reversion to St. James Park with the removal of the tatty SD signs and I’ll be more than delighted to applaud our owner.
    Over to you Mike.


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