Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has been interviewed in the Newcastle Journal today, and he cites that case of Davide Moyes at Everton, being a similar situation that has happened with Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Andy Woodman – Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach
This is some of what Andy said today:
“I think we’ve got a fantastic squad and team spirit, we really have.” “I’d like to think that got tested on the outside, but on the inside it made it even stronger, which was really good to see.”
“It wasn’t a surprise to us, but we could just see the guys get stronger as a team in terms of spirit. I think it’s really exciting looking forward.” “I remember a few years ago when Everton had a season in 2003-2004 like we’ve had, really tough.”
“And the season after they came back a stronger team. With one or two new players put in the mix with this team we could really – hopefully – have a season like our previous season.”
We had reported back on May 13th that Alan Pardew had started his career at Newcastle much like Davide Moyes did at Everton.
David had a good first full season followed by a relegation struggle in his second full season.
In 2003 Everton were 7th top, and the next year they finished 4th bottom and avoided relegation only on goal difference – and Leicester City went down as the 3rd bottom club .
In the next year – 2005 – Everton were 4th top and above Liverpool in the league tble, and the rest is history, as Moyes had a wonderful career at Everton, and has just been appointed manager of Manchester United – one of the plum manager jobs in all of football.
Everton finished 4th bottom and then 4th top in successive seasons, and Newcastle have so far finished 5th top and then 5th bottom in successive seasons.
And the big question on Tyneside is if Newcastle can rebound and finish around 5th top again next season.
It’s certainly possible.
Alan Pardew has started his career at Newcastle in the same way Davide Moyes started his career at Everton – we just hope that Alan Pardew can finish in the same as Moyes did.
Here’s hoping, for Newcastle’s sake.
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