Alan Pardew can be a cagey manager sometimes, and we remember well for our first game of the season at home to Tottenham, he said Ben Arfa was injured and would not make the game, but he was fit all along and the Frenchman ended up scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win.
Newcastle’s coaches – Stone, Carver and manager Pardew
And it seems the Newcastle manager has been worried recently about leaks from the ground, regarding information on the team he will play, who is fit, and even the formations he will use in a specific game.
And Alan Pardew has apologized to Newcastle’s real fans for putting boards around the training field, so outsiders, including our fans, couldn’t see what was happening in the training.
Hey – maybe we have some new ideas for set plays – we certainly hope so – with Newcastle having scored only one goal from a corner this season, and that was put into the back of the net by Demba Ba’s hand at Reading – as we recall.
Alan Pardew will be trying to get our first away win of the season tonight at Craven Cottage:
“There is too much information going out of this training ground to the opposition and I am not going to have it any more.” “I don’t think I should be boarding up the training ground around my main pitch, which I have had to do.”
“People are coming and looking through the fence and putting my team on the internet and giving it to the press. Therefore, what I have stopped is the real fans coming to get a view of us.”
“That how I have to be, I am afraid.” “We need to give ourselves the maximum chance of winning our first away game.” “I apologize to the fans if they are not getting the information before the game.”
We hadn’t been aware that there had been leaks of the team and the formations Alan would use, but there must have been for Alan to have said that.
We hope Newcastle have some positive surprises for us tonight at Craven Cottage – and maybe we can even score a legitimate goal from a corner – and maybe Mike Williamson can head one in for his very first goal for the Magpies.
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