West Ham And Newcastle Fans Love Their Clubs Like A Religion


Alan Pardew has looked back on his time at West Ham when he managed the club from 2003 through the end of 2006, and in the 163 games he managed at the east London club, he won 67, drew 38 and lost 58, for a win percentage of 41.1.

Alan Pardew – while at West Ham

Alan Pardew joined Newcastle from Southampton, after being sacked by the south coast club in August of 2010, but he has made a success of his time at Newcastle,  and had Newcastle in 5th place in the league last season, and won the LMA Manager of the Year award, in addition to the Premier League Manager of the Year award – and you cannot do too much better than that.

Alan seems to look back on his time at the Hammers with positive feelings:

“There is a working-class mentality at West Ham. Since I left, I’ve had nothing but West Ham fans come up to me and remind me of the good times I had there. They are fantastic supporters.”

“I mirror them to the Newcastle fans. They share similar traits. They love their football club like a religion. You can’t knock that. I love that.” “West Ham stood me in good stead to what I’ve got here in terms of pressure and expectation.”

“Both sets of fans demand their team play a certain way as well. They want to see good football. At the moment, we both are.” “The dynamic of Sam and I today doesn’t make any difference. “

“We are playing a team that is in good form, and we have looked closely at West Ham. They are very good at what they do. They put the ball in the box and are very good at picking up the second ball and can hurt you – we will have to be aware of that.”

“Kevin and Andy are an equal threat. Andy’s technical ability is underestimated. He can cause you different problems.” “When Kevin is in and around the box, he is as good a finisher as I have worked with, including the strikers, and I’ve had a few good ones.”

“Kevin is under-appreciated. You would have to manage him to realise not just the way he plays football but his attitude, what he does for the team, the spirit that he brings, are all important aspects for a football club.”

“They were two big characters for Newcastle who went out the door. Luckily other big characters emerged or we would have been in trouble.”

Mike Williamson will be a key man today for Newcastle as he tries to head away those long balls that will be coming in for big Andy Carroll, who is starting to knock them down to his pal Kevin Nolan, as he did at Newcastle.

And even if Colo has not been suspended for this game, we think Alan Pardew would have started Mike to combat the aerial threat of Andy Carroll.

How Mike deals with Andy today could determine the outcome of this game, and we need all 3 points today.

Howay The Lads!!

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4 comments so far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    “Both sets of fans demand their team play a certain way as well. They want to see good football. At the moment, we both are.”

    Worrying synopsis, if he thinks that.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    If I was Pardeau, the thought of Williamson, up against Andy, would give me sleepless nights. Williamson has improved beyond belief since he first arrived here, but, if Andy is up for this game, he will give Williamson a torrid time.

    Then if Andy doesn’t get the ball, Nolan will be waiting for the loose ball. Our defence will have to be right on their toes from the off.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I am worried about today’s game. I was worried before colo got sent off because I think he’s been poor at times this season, but even more so now.

    I agree Graeme. I like willo but relying on him to keep andy quiet is terrifying. We’re gonna have to go back to our keegan days of scoring more than they do.

    I’m predicting 3-2 us

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  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    We need to be on it today. Willo will have to try and stop Carroll if he can. To be honest though I am more concerned at us going forward. Please can we play our 2 strikers up top, don’t put Cisse on the wing, and drop Jonas. I love his work rate but the end product is non-existent. Sammy or Fergie for me ahead of him every time. They are ready now.

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