One of the many things we didn’t know about Alan Pardew when he joined Newcastle in December of 2010, is what a class act he is.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood – while at Newcastle
But that first news conference he gave a day after arriving at St. James’ Park, couldn’t have gone much better, as he answered every question put to him in some detail, and he came across very well indeed.
And since that of course he’s continued to put those thoughts into action, and Newcastle had their best season in the Premier League since the great Sir Bobby Robson managed the club back in 2004.
The fact that Alan won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season award, and the LMA Manger of the Season award, and was the first Newcastle manager ever to do so, says lots about what he has already accomplished on Tyneside.
And Alan during that first news conference said that he had called Chris Hughton and talked to him, and that it was unfortunate Chris had been fired, but there was little he could do about that of course.
Newcastle have come roaring back to the top in the three years since we were relegated, and it’s really an astounding come back by any side, and Newcastle have received their fair share of plaudits this season, and they deserve them too.
We liked the way Alan thanked Chris Hughton for the great job he did for 18 months, in getting the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt, and then solidifying Newcastle in the Premier League, in those four months of the season.
This is what Alan said today about why he acknowledged Chris during his award speech in London, when he received the Barclays award:
“I did that because what Chris did was so, so important to this football club,” “Getting them out of the Championship was not easy and I took over a team with a winning mentality.”
“That was such a big part of what he did last season and this season too.” “It was a big support and I just wanted to say publicly that Chris had a very big role in that.”
“Plus he’d just lost the play-off game so he’d probably had a tough week .” “I’ve been there and I know how tough that is.”
And as Alan points out Birmingham were beaten by Blackpool in the promotion play-offs, and West Ham grabbed that third spot by beating the Seasiders at Wembley 2-1 last Saturday, although Blackpool were the better side on the day, but missed a host of chances.
And if you are to believe the news then West Brom would like to install Chris as their new manager, he could be back at St. James’ Park next season.
Chris is already in Birmingham, and has his able assistant Colin Calderwood back working with him, and when they do finally return to St. James Park – with whatever club – they will both be given a standing ovation for the great work they did at Newcastle – when we needed it most.
For the record Chris managed Newcastle for 70 games, in which he won 39, drew 17 and lost only 14, for a win percentage of 55.7, and a loss percentage of only 20.
We will never forget the terrific work done by Chris Hughton, and he’s such a great guy too, and it will be good to finally welcome Chris back to St. James’ Park – maybe even next season with West Brom – but the sooner the better.