Whatever you think of Alan Pardew’s coaching abilities, you’ve got to agree that Alan Pardew was put under tremendous mental pressure last season, and he stood up to it amazingly well.
Alan Pardew wasn’t smiling lie this much last season
There were quite a few times last season that Newcastle had embarrassing results like the 7-3 loss at Arsenal, the 2-0 loss at Brighton in the FA Cup, and three very bad defeats at home – the 2-1 loss to Reading, the 3-0 loss to Sunderland and the 6-0 loss to Liverpool.
I suddenly feel very sick
It’s stressful being the Newcastle manager at the best of times, so things in the last five months of the season became extremely stressful for the manager (and the fans), because of our very poor results.
This is what Alan said in the local press today about his time at Newcastle:
“My first half-season we had a side that was quite functional,” “The fans couldn’t read too much into what I was about because I’d only had that half of a season.”
“The second year went swimmingly well. But I think I proved last year to the fans, like I did to West Ham fans, that I don’t buckle under pressure. I don’t give in, I will fight and I will keep fighting for these players I have brought here or I have re-signed.”
“I can only think of two or three players I have not given contracts to here. I want to do the best for them, protect them and give them the best platform.”
“I will definitely try to improve certain issues this year.”
Pardew is only too well aware that he must do an awful lot better than we did last season, otherwise his job is in danger.
And we may be in the minority, but we think the manager deserves a chance, after doing so brilliantly in the previous season, and picking up the Premier League Manager of the Year and LMA Manger of the Year awards, after getting Newcastle up to 5th place.
That was the first time any Newcastle manager has won either of those awards,
It would have just been like Newcastle of old, if Alan Pardew had been fired a year after winning those two awards – but it didn’t happen.
And we hope he can pick up those two awards again next May – because that will mean we’ve had another great season.
That’s what we are hoping for.
Hope springs eternal.
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