Real Madrid Have Jose Mourinho – Newcastle Have Alan Pardew

With Alan Pardew winning the Premier League Manager Of The Season award last night he has significantly added to his resume (CV).

Alan Pardew welcoming Davide Santon last August

And Newcastle fans have been simply delighted that Alan’s award has put Newcastle back into the spotlight, and Alan is the very first Newcastle manager to receive the award.

The last two great managers at Newcastle, Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan never won the award, even though they both had Newcastle in the Champions League.

We often thought of who the next successful manager would be on Tyneside, and when Freddy Shepherd was Chairman of the club,  he tried to sign managers who had already been successful with other clubs.

But when Alan Pardew came to Newcastle in December of 2010, he had a decent record in management,  but nothing that would suggest he could take Newcastle into Europe and make them really successful again.

But that’s exactly what the Londoner has done, and not many fans will disagree that he’s been simply fantastic for Newcastle this season, and he’s not finished yet – by a long chalk.

We love it.

Of course Alan still has his critics on Tyneside, and when we are beaten, you can see the comments about how he screwed up etc – but hey this is Newcastle United. 😀

Pardew’s done a wonderful job at Newcastle and long may that continue, and young Davuide Santon, whom Alan has brought on famously this season, compares him to his former manager at Inter-Milan – the special one – Jose Mourinho:

“I’ve always said Pardew reminds me of Mourinho,” “They’ve got the same mentality and same will to win the way they study tactics, their meticulous preparations and the way they have team meetings before the game. That’s the same as at Inter Milan.”

“The preparation here is perfect and it’s all geared towards winning. Alan Pardew is also excellent at getting the team spirit just right before games.”I’ve been very impressed with him since I got here.”

“I’ve always been happy here even when I’ve not been in the team, because I realize the manager was giving me time to settle in and study the team.”

“I like the mentality the manager’s got with the way he studies the players, the way he thinks about the game, and the way he wants to win.”  “When I arrived, I needed time to study the other players, see how they played and how I would fit into that.”  

“I also needed time to see how physical the game was. It took me some time to get used to things. It takes time to get used to a new league and a new team, but once I got over that I started to settle in.”

“It’s difficult for us to make it into the Champions League because Arsenal and Tottenham are above us,”  “We’re concentrating on winning the last game and we’re in Europe no matter what happens, which is great. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Davide Santon has gradually improved all season, and he has been in and out of the side, but Davide knew that Alan Pardew was doing what was best for him, and Davide is a better player now,  than when he first arrived from Inter-Milan last August.

When Davide arrived he said some great things about the Tyneside club, and immediately got into the supporter’s good books.

But who would have thought we would finish in the top five this season, and Alan Pardew has been simply astonishing this season, in the magnificent way he has managed Newcastle United.

Long may that continue.

7 comments so far

  • munch27

    May 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Why am i sick with nerves when we don’t kick off till tomorrow , hope to god we do it if only to shut the cockney gobshite press up.

  • valle

    May 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Someone on another site spoke about a carver/pardew interview last night where they spoke about santon… Anyone knows where it can be found?

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Its hard not to like Santon, hes always positive and exciting with the runs he makes. Top bloke

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    valle, look in the previous article, theres a link. skip to 1.5 hours in though for the start of pardews bit. It was Carver who really answered the question about Santon. He was asked would Davide not be better in midfield, Carver didnt really answer that bit, but said that he has improved alot and is always wanting to learn. Also that his atleticism is top notch and his defending is getting better.

  • valle

    May 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Cool hand luke… Thx mate, apreciated :o)


    May 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I would never compare Pardew to Mourinho!

    Maybe his analysis and tactical trainig skills are similar but Pardew has more class and is less controversial when giving interviews on the box!

    In short Mourinho is a bad loser! Which is also the case with most of his players too!

  • bambams

    May 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Its a very good interview given by Pards and JC, they seem to be a good partnership.

    Was very interesting to hear about ‘Cabaye’s mate’ and about the defensive trialist they have had and are trying to do a deal for . Surely given how secretive we have been re transfers these deals must be done and sealed or why would Pards alert other clubs who we are after.

    Debauchy (i think that how you spell it) from Lille is obviously Cabayes mate, how about that Aussie (Good? i think) who we had two weeks ago- he could be the trialist and the 8/9 goal scoring defender has to be the Ajax Capt (Vertongen ?) and i wonder if he will come IF we get CL……


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