Alan Pardew seems certain he will not get a good reception at his former club Reading tomorrow afternoon, and that’s because he left them in mid-season to take over at West Ham United in 2003, when he got the offer from the Upton Park club.
Alan Pardew - while manager at Reading fromn 1999-2003
It was early in the 2003–2004 season when West Ham United asked Reading for permission to appoint Alan Pardew as their new manager, but Reading refused, and Alan then resigned from his position at Reading.
After a compromise agreement had been reached between the two clubs, Alan then became manager of West Ham United – so it’s not too surprising that Alan will not get a hero’s welcome tomorrow at the Medejski Stadium.
Alan is hoping the Newcastle fans can drown out the boos from the opposition fans, and he had this to say today in the local press:
“I won’t get a good reception.” “In fact it will be horrendous probably because of the way I left. It will be a pretty charged-up atmosphere. And we’ll need our fans to be as vocal as they can be in their support, as they always are.”
“I went back with a West Ham team a few years back and they didn’t grasp the intensity of the opposition.” “With the atmosphere tomorrow I really need our fans to give their backing to the team.” “As I say it is a shame we couldn’t get the result for them at Man United.”
“We have Bordeaux and then the two toughest games of the season after Reading with Man United at home and Sunderland in the derby. We are in good fettle and want that to continue.”
Last time out in the Premier League Newcastle got a very hard fought 3 points in a close game with Norwich City at home, and tomorrow’s game is one in which we should again be able to get the win – if we play somewhere near our best form.
And the fact that both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse now seem to be in good goal-scoring form should help the cause.
A win tomorrow afternoon at Reading would be great and give us 11 points from our six league games, and we’ll be able to climb that league table a little bit.
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