Alan Pardew wants to win the game today against Sunderland, make no mistake about that, in fact he wants to win every game against Sunderland, and he goes into every game with a plan to win it, but that doesn’t say that he wants to see Sunderland relegated this season – he doesn’t.
Alan Pardew – wants Sunderland to stay up
This is what the Newcastle manager has said in the Chronicle today:
“If Sunderland are in the same position in 10 games time, then it would disappoint me.” “But it wouldn’t disappoint me on Sunday, because I want to win so badly, not just for the team but for our fans, who we know we owe from the last game.”
“But in ten games time, I would like to think Sunderland’s position will improve. Hopefully it will.” “Last time we faced Sunderland, circumstances worked against us, with us playing a Europa League quarter-final against Benfica on the Thursday.” (so that’s the excuse).
“Gus is a good manager and I like the way he does things. He likes to bring a passing game and he will install that.” “Whether he can do that for Sunday, I’m not sure.”
“But that’s what he will be working towards. I think that’s good for Sunderland and the North East. Fans love to see the game played that way.”
“I want Sunderland to stay up. It’s important for everyone involved, the media, the fans and both clubs. We want to be strong up here.” “If you have two Premier League clubs, it encourages kids to play and we want more kids coming through.”
“In the two performances against him as Newcastle manager, I’ve been disappointed with the selection I had for the team.” “This team is a lot better than the one he has faced before.”
We hope Sunderland stay up as well, because it’s important for the area, and it guarantees two derby games every season.
And one of my friends over here, Peter, was born and bred in Sunderland, and we just happened to start at IBM just one week apart, and now we find ourselves in Raleigh – with Peter having married an American girl while on assignment in Raleigh back in the 1970s.
Peter thinks Sunderland just haven’t got the players they need this season, and he’s very worried – which isn’t too surprising.
I’ll see Peter this Thursday for lunch, so hopefully by then we’ll have beaten Sunderland and taken out Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.
If that happens it looks like I’ll be paying, and I must remember to take a few hankies along for Peter. 😀
Howay The Lads!!