But Pardew held his news conference on Friday for the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday.
Alan Pardew expects Di Canio to be successful
And Alan was very magnanimous in his press conference about Sunderland’s new manager Paolo Di Canio, and expects the Italian to be a success on Wearside, and he is also hoping that Sunderland can stay in the Premier League, because he thinks it’s important to have the two big North East clubs in England’s top division.
This is what Alan said at his news conference:
“I do expect him to be a success. I hope he is a success at Sunderland because North East football is important to me. As someone to have come from the outside, I do not say that lightly.”
“I have been here long enough now to know how important football is to the communities of both cities.” “Do I want Sunderland to stay up? 100 per cent.”
“I think this fixture would be a big miss for the Premier League, a big miss.” “We are not far apart now and will not be far apart at all if they win on Sunday.”
“I genuinely think that we have a squad when fully fit which is stronger than theirs but we need to prove that on Sunday.
‘A derby game is such that, especially as a manager.”
“Sometimes it is difficult to control. The passion and the euphoria of the game makes players do strange things.’ And managers too.”
There seems to be a genuine liking between the two men, and Alan Pardew said that while Di Canio was at West Ham – before Alan became the manager there – he was told the Italian was great for the club, and was always the hardest working player on the training field.
It should be a good game on Sunday – but Newcastle must go all out for the 3 points, to keep up our good home form of late, and get 8 points above Sunderland with 5 games to play.
Howay The Lads!!
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