Alan Pardew came under tremendous pressure in the summer after last season’s poor showing, when amazingly we had to fight off a relegation scare, and we only just managed to accomplish that when Wigan started to lose some of their last games of the season, , and one of our problems was that our squad was just not big enough to take on European competition as well as the Premier League, and injuries to some of our best players like Colo, Ben Arfa, Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye meant we could very rarely field our best side.
Alan Pardew – better blend and spirit
But so far this season we have been able to field our best side, which now includes the impressive Loic Remy, who has quickly become a fan favorite on Tyneside, even though he joined QPR rather than Newcastle in January, and that was not good, but he seems determined to prove he can become an excellent player on Tyneside.
But I suppose we all make bad decisions at some point in life - nobody’s perfect – and the Newcastle fans have quickly forgiven Loic.
And Alan Pardew is a better manager than most of us give him credit for, and certainly his man-management skills have always been excellent.
Alan has said today that he thinks the Newcastle squad he now has is good, and certainly better than last year at this time:
“There’s just a different feel on the training ground and it looks like a better blend and a better spirit amongst the group than last year, but you can never tell because we’ve had good starts the last two seasons.”
“And we could start really well here but it’s a long, long season and injuries and suspensions are important. They’re going to affect us like all Premier League teams.”
“These real swathes of “we’re going to have a great season”, “we’re going to go down” is even more highlighted in this club for whatever reason.” ‘
“Therefore it’s important for me to keep the team on the ground, for the team to keep their feet on the ground about where we’re at but to also embroider their dreams.”
Alan mentions in those last couple of sentences, about the over-reaction of the Newcastle press and the Newcastle fans to some of our results.
But when you were brought up as a toddler, the son of an avid Newcastle supporter, who traveled to the away games all the time, and you are told Newcastle are a great club and you watch games starting at four years old, you don’t believe Newcastle are a great club – you know they are.
And that was especially true when the time I am talking about is when we won the FA Cup three times in five years.
You see the passion today around the country, when a goal is scored and fathers and their toddlers go crazy – how do you think that youngster will turn out?
And it’s therefore very hard to be logical about Newcastle’s results, simply because you are so passionate about the side.
So maybe the lads can get us another win today, and with three wins in a row – Geordie spirits will be soaring on Tyneside and around the world – and maybe we do have a good side this season.
And this Saturday morning, that’s still an open question on Tyneside.
What do you think?
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