We’ve said many times before that Alan Pardew is in the best job he will ever have in football, and one reason for that is the kind of passionate football-crazy atmosphere he will experience tomorrow afternoon, when Newcastle United take on their local rivals Sunderland, in front of a packed house at the Stadium of Light.
Alan Pardew – wants players to remain cool and collected tomorrow
It’s hard to think of a more exciting experience for any manager, and it seems that Alan wants to have a lot more of these derby games, having just signed a massive eight year deal to stay as manager of the famous Newcastle club.
Newcastle won last year’s fixture by 1-0, form a Ryan Taylor stunning free-kick in the second half, after we had been out muscled in the first half with Sunderland missing their chances.
And in the game at St. James’ Park earlier this year, the Black Cats picked up two red cards in the 1-1 draw, and some Sunderland players lost their heads a bit and Shola Ameobi scored that wonderful 90th minute equalized for the Magpies, and we’ll see Shola at some time tomorrow too.
Alan Pardew will stress upon his players they must remain cool and calm in the heat of tomorrow’s battle, and this is what he said in yesterday’s press conference :
“They are fantastic games and you can’t disguise that there is a little bit of passion flying about, but that needs to be conducted in the right manner by players and staff alike.” “Emotion can sometimes get the better of you, like it did for myself during last year’s game when we scored in the last minute.
“It’s an emotive game and I make no excuse for it. We want to win.” “Martin O’Neill wants to win, I want to win, Sunderland want to win, Newcastle want to win, so it’s a big, big game and we are looking forward to it.”
“The passion does overflow sometimes into sort of an aggression that’s ugly. I think that needs to be kept in check.” “Also the players need to keep their control because it can get the better of you.” “It’s a real electric atmosphere though and you don’t want to take that away because it’s what makes the game so special.”
Alan admitted that both he and Martin O’Neill had not set a good example at St James’ Park earlier this year during the 1-1 draw, and he’s since talked to the Sunderland manager, and both say they will try extra hard to control themselves during tomorrow’s game.
We hope they do, and that Newcastle’s players are all up for this so important game tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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