41 year-old Malky Mackay is a good friend of Alan Pardew, and he played for Alan and was the captain when the Newcastle manager was managing at West Ham, and Malky says Pardew is also his mentor in management, and apparently the Cardiff City manager has called Alan a few times for advice during his management career at Watford and Cardiff City.
Malky Mackay – Alan Pardew is his mentor
This is what Malky Mackay told the Journal today about the Newcastle manager:
“Alan is a good friend and a mentor.” “We have had some amazing conversations in the last few years that have really helped me.” “I was his captain at West Ham and I know he is a man who can bring stability to Newcastle United – that is why they gave him a long-term contract.”
“Just look at his record there – he orchestrated that.” “The first half at Everton was not what he wanted.” “He changed things a little against a very good Everton team, and in the second half they played like the Newcastle I have seen so many times.”
“In the end they almost nicked a draw, which would have been unbelievable on the night.” “They have some excellent footballers. Papiss Cisse is a proven goalscorer while Cabaye is a top class international footballer.”
“Give him an inch and he can put the ball in the top corner from 25 yards.” “And Hatem Ben Arfa is absolutely unplayable on his day.”
It’s true that Newcastle have some very good players right now, and our squad is the strongest it’s been since we got back into the Premier league three years ago.
But the players are playing nowhere near their best, and that’s the challenge for tomorrow in South Wales – it’s for some of our players to start playing near their best form. and also that our defense shows some signs of solidity and strength, after leaking six poor goals in our last two league games.
If we can do that, we may even be able o get something out of tomorrow’s game.
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