Lee Richardson is a long time friend of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew – shown with Assistant manager John Carver
And today in the Sunday Sun, Lee has given a long interview, and revealed some truths about Alan Pardew, and why he seems to just love life at Newcastle.
Lee Richardson is a former team-mate of Alan’s and has worked with Alan as a scout, when Pardew was manager at West Ham and Charlton.
Lee thinks it’s Alan’s determination and plain hard work that have made him successful in football:
“He embraces every day in football.” “Alan will be in his office at 7.30am and I am not sure people know just how much work he does.”
“I can say this because I am a nobody, but I know Premier League managers who do not see their players until Wednesday. Alan is not like that.
“I am not sure there will be anyone else in that league that works so hard.” “He has said to me so many times he knows what a real working day is, so that is why he just lives and breaths football and Newcastle United.”
“Alan’s persona is such, he can come across as a bit aloof, even arrogant.” “That is his professional face, not his real demeanor.” “When he comes back to the club, he has a laugh and joke with the lads he first played with 30 years ago.”
“When someone toddles up to have a word about football, he is always more than happy to chat. He is a down-to-earth, really decent, hard-working guy.” “Football always has been the sport of the common man and Alan appreciates that.”
“Take it from me, he absolutely loves it up there in the North East.” “It took him time to win over the fans, but he has been brilliant for that club.” “As a pro, he was a cut above the norm, but I played with far more talented guys in non-league.”
“He is a great example to anyone wanting to make the best out of their lives.
Those are good words from Lee, and it seems that Alan Pardew is not unlike the manager he replaced at Newcastle – Chris Hughton.
And since Chris was sacked at Newcastle eighteen months ago he has landed on his feet, and had Birmingham City in the play-offs after he lost a high proportion of his players last summer at the relegated club.
Chris now seems to be the favorite to take over at West Brom, but maybe his loyalty may keep him at Birmingham City.