One of the many things we like about Alan Pardew is that’s he’s so down to earth.
Newcastle supporters – Howay The Lads!!
And the Londoner doesn’t get into saying daft things, or get carried away with the success Newcastle have had since he arrived on Tyneside in December of 2010 – like some of us. 😀
We’ll always remember that first news conference Alan gave, when he first arrived, and he was all on his lonesome, answering questions about the sacking of Chris Hughton, which he shouldn’t have had to answer – since it was nothing to do with him.
My son Neil called me after watching that first press conference, and said he thought Alan was great, and had at least said all the right things, in what was a very difficult situation for Alan.
Since then, he’s gone on to do all the right things at Newcastle, and that ended up with Newcastle finishing in 5th place in the league table, and one place above European Champions Chelsea.
And to think we thought he would be just hopeless as the Newcastle manager – well you live and learn we suppose.
And Alan has said today that he thinks the fans have a renewed confidence in their club:
“I think we have the confidence of our supporters going into this window and that’s something I don’t think you could have said for a long while.”
“That comes through the business we have done recently and of course, that will help us. That trust can be a very important thing.”
“We’re going to make mistakes at some point but we haven’t made many. And I think the supporters can see that with this policy, if we sign three or four players we should have at least two who are very good ones.”
“That is our ratio at the moment and it is a pretty good ratio.”
Newcastle are getting a terrific name once again, not only for the way the lads performed last season, but for the thrifty and financially sound way the club is being run today.
We’ll see a lot more clubs follow Newcastle’s lead as the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules come into effect over the next couple of years.
But Newcastle are in great shape at the moment – both on and off the field – and it’s really hard to argue with that.
Howay The Lads!!