One of the the things we’ve really come to like about Alan Pardew is not only is he really a down-to-earth guy, but he says it as it is with no BS.
Alan Pardew – thumbs up – it must be going well
We remembered a couple of months ago he was asked by an interviewer if he would like to stay at Newcastle for a long long time, and he said he’d be at Newcastle for as long as the team kept winning – so he has no illusions.
And it was obvious from the fans calling in last Friday night on what was really a great BBC Radio Newcastle call-in program, that the fans were just so delighted with the success Alan was bringing back to the famous Tyneside club.
Alan even said he knew it was difficult for the Newcastle fans because he was a Londoner, so it looks like John Carver is letting Alan know everything he needs to know about the Geordie Nation. 😀
Alan Pardew is obviously delighted that he has gained a level of respect from the Newcastle fans – and that’s not easy to do.
This is what Alan told the local press:
“I love working here, and love the fans.” “They’ve been great for me – they give me great respect and that’s all I want.”
“I don’t want anything else, not undying love, I just want respect. I do a tough job and I do it to the best of my ability.”
“It’s difficult, and I’m looking forward to a rest,” “It’s demanding, but I have say I love it.”
“The relationship I have here with my board is strong. If I can strengthen that, I will. It’s the most important relationship at any football club, trust me.”
It’s really hard to know how Alan could have done any better since he arrived at the club a short 18 months ago.
Well we suppose he could have come in and got Newcastle 90 points this season and won the league, but then the big clubs would now be after him.
So what he’s done for Newcastle in such a short time has been simply fabulous, and it was only fitting that he was named Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Season.
And the good thing about Alan is he’s a workaholic, and never satisfied – because he’s also a perfectionist. I know the type well, and he will be working his socks off over the summer months to build an even better team for Newcastle next season.
Alan will have seen how a man like Bobby Robson is admired, loved and immortalized on Tyneside, and while Alan is not one of us – there’s no reason in the future why we couldn’t see a bronze statue of Alan Pardew erected at St. James Park.
We hope that happens, because it would mean that Alan has been hugely successful on Tyneside, and that’s all we want to see.
That’s a thought.