Five months before he was hired by Newcastle in December of 2011 to take over from gentleman Chris Hughton, , he was fired at Southampton by the Executive Chairman and former Italian Banker Nicola Cortese, and it was a surprise to most Southampton fans, since Alan had just won the Football League Trophy, also known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, when the Saints beat Carlisle 4-1 the previous March.
Alan Pardew – wants to win against former club
And then Cortese again surprised the Southampton fans by dismissing Nigel Adkins last month, who had seen them get successive promotions to reach the Premier League last year, and in his last five league games as manager of Southampton Nigel had four draws and a win – but was fired after the Saints could only draw 2-2 at Chelsea – the European Champions.
Alan Pardew has done well at Newcastle and he was the Premier League Manager of the Year and League Managers Association Manager of the Year for last season – and by doing that he became the first Newcastle manager to win either of the awards, and the only English manager ever to win both awards in the same season.
But from November through mid January of this season, he was under enormous pressure as many of our top players were out injured, and it looked like Newcastle could even be heading for relegation, and he has said that’s the most difficult time ever in his fourteen year management career.
But with five new players brought in from France last month, things are looking up and it’s good that it’s French Day tomorrow, but we are still only 4 points above the drop zone, and that’s why we need to start getting some wins in the Premier League.
Here’s what Alan said today in the local press:
“Trust me, I want to win this game more than anyone.” “I’ve got a lot of friends who I love in Southampton. They were happy when they beat us, but we’re a little bit stronger this time. Hopefully, we’ll win.”
“I’ve always had faith in my ability.” “I thought when I got the sack from Southampton it was unjust, and still to this day think that, like the manager who’s just gone – Adkins, if I’m honest.
“I ain’t bitter about it – it’s not going to eat me up – but I do want to win.”
One of Newcastle’s worst displays under his management came when we went down 2-0 at Southampton last year – and no doubt Alan Pardew will be mentioning that display to the lads, and the fact that Southampton have looked more than a decent side over the last couple of months – and are currently one place ahead of Newcastle in the league table.
We need all 3 points tomorrow.
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