It seems that Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew are part of a mutual admiration society.
James Perch in action at Arsenal
They both have a lot of time for each other, and Alan Pardew went out of his way to compliment Chris, on the great building job he did at Newcastle, before Alan took over the reigns about eighteen months ago.
Chris Hughton is a class act, we all know that, and he had some good words to say about both Alan Pardew and Newcastle today in the local press:
“There’s no doubt that he has done a marvellous job and is a very, very good manager.” “I’m absolutely delighted at what Newcastle have achieved this season and I have to say that Alan has done really, really well.”
“I was very pleased at what he said about me and he was the right choice for manager of the year.” “He has led Newcastle back into Europe which is where they deserve to be, in my opinion.”
“What he has done really well is get the mix right and it is an outstanding achievement to get into the Europa League.” “The team now has a really balanced look because you have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front.”
“And those new signings have integrated so well with the rest of the group. And then he has got others playing very well.” “James Perch was one that we signed, but he has been fantastic this season.”
And Chris is so right about the season James Perch had at Newcastle, when this year he has looked a very good player indeed in the black and white shirt.
And my son Neil has been telling me, he thinks James could become a great player now at Newcastle - but let’s not get too carried away.
Reader Douglas Berkley alerted me to this piece yesterday, where a new web application Squaka has rated English players over the season, and has listed the 23 man squad they would have selected – with their highest rated players.
And James Perch is the big surprise who is in the squad in defense – with most of the othercurrent England players in their squad of 23.
Here’s their squad:
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Ben Foster (West Brom)
John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Ledley King (Tottenham)
James Perch (Newcastle United)
Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Leon Britton (Swansea)
Scott Parker (Tottenham)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Adam Johnson (Manchester City)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
James Milner (Manchester City).
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea)
That’s just unbelievable, and we wonder what James would look like in white?