We’re a little surprised that Alan Pardew is praising Paolo Di Canio so much before the Sunderland game today – but maybe it’s part of the match plan.
Alan Pardew – at the end of last week’s game against Fulham
This is what Alan had to say in the local press this morning:
“If you are passionate about your club, like Paulo is and I am, and you wear your heart on your sleeve a little bit, sometimes it is going to come out.”
“You hope it comes out in the right manner, but it doesn’t always.” “It doesn’t always for me, but apart from showing my belly last week in the Fulham game I was quite happy with that.”
“Paolo is a winner, I have no problem with anything he’s done or said since he’s been at Sunderland in terms of how he’s conducted himself with us.”
“He’s been very professional and that’s how he’ll be on the sidelines I’m sure.” “He knows the spotlight will be on him, as it is on me. As Premier League managers we have to conduct ourselves in the right manner.
“I’ve said before this fixture just carries a little bit too much personal level of intent.” “Actually it’s a game of football and hopefully the best team will win on Sunday.”
“A derby is such that, especially as a manager, sometimes it is difficult to control.” “The passion and the euphoria makes players do strange things, to try and win the game on their own.“
And Alan Pardew is still savoring last Thursday night, even though we didn’t get through against Benfica – but came as close as anything to doing the almost impossible, and Alan talked of the emotions and electricity in the air, at the end of the game on Thursday night:
“It was just an amazing moment. I have never experienced that at any ground.” “I’m not going to be egoistic and think it was just all about Newcastle, it was a little bit of credit for both teams.”
“We are still talking about it now, and that is just the magic of this place. I can’t say anything other than that is what it is.”
Let’s hope there is a celebration for a home win today when the final whistle blows, because Newcastle can do themselves a lot of good in the league by getting all 3 points today, and we’ll be on 39 points and even within reach of Swansea in 9th place – who are currently on 41 points.
We play West Brom next Saturday at the Hawthorns.
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