Alan Pardew didn’t talk much at all during the summer, but since he broke his silence on Monday, he’s talked a lot and his words have helped calm Newcastle fans down a little, and the way he describes the new structure with Joe Kinnear at the head of transfers, it could even work.
Alan Pardew - under severe pressure last season
This is some of what Alan said in the Sun today:
“I won’t run away, I won’t hide.” “When we finished fifth in the 2011/12 season, I didn’t have to show too many sides of my character because the team was doing well.”
“A lot of adulation came our way and the momentum was with us. Last year, I couldn’t have had any more turmoil put in front of me with injuries and the Europa League, but I think I showed the fans that I am resilient.”
“I’d like to think through all of the adversity last year, I tried to carry the club with respect. I didn’t lose my control or lose my temper with the players or the press. Those qualities will serve me better this year. Hopefully we will have a more successful season.”
Alan Pardew took some very heavy criticism last season towards the end from a number of Newcastle fans, but we thought he showed tremendous resilience and guts and showed some class under pressure.
And the time to judge a person’s character is not when everything is going well, but when things aren’t, and how they react to big pressure.
Alan’s also showed some class this week in his interviews, and we needed that after Joe Kinnear’s embarrassments, and he’s carried the party line and been respectful to his new boss too.
All we need is to get back into the top eight or do even better than that this season, and we’ll be on our way again on an upward trajectory..
And we hope we can do that for the good of Newcastle, it’s as simple as that.
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