At last Alan Pardew has given an interview, and that’s essentially the first time we’ve heard much from him since the end of last season, and the first time since Joe Kinnear was appointed three weeks ago, apart from that sentence about “taking Newcastle up the league.”
Alan Pardew – I will manage this football club
Alan took the first training session of pre-season on Saturday, and was expected to speak to the fans today, and this is what he has said in the Evening Chronicle today, about Joe’s new position as the Director of Football at the club:
“I’ve had good experiences and bad experiences of it.” “I’m very open minded to Joe’s position.” “I will take it as I see it.”
“People who work with me will know that I am my own man.” “I will manage this football club and manage this team to the best of my ability.”
“On the back of last year I am even more motivated to do well this year.” “Some of the things Joe said he has apologized for.”
“Especially getting the names wrong of our players.” “That needs to be corrected.” “Because there is a certain respect needed there.”
“I spoke to one or two players this morning (that was Saturday) and my staff here, and made them very aware of where the position lies.”
This seems to be the interview Alan is said to have given to nufcTV on Saturday, but the video has not yet been released on the home site, so we cannot judge the mood of the manager.
We didn’t expect Alan to stir things up and he hasn’t, and although we keep seeing Alan talked about on some blogs as being Mike Ashley’s puppet, he is nothing if not a strong character, and the man says what he thinks, but he’s also diplomatic.
Those are good words from Pardew about Joe mispronouncing the names of some of our top players, and maybe Joe can learn from Alan?
Joe needs to learn from somebody about how to be an executive at Newcastle United – that’s for sure – and our single biggest worry about next season is that Joe will somehow find a way to screw things up 🙁
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