When Newcastle United appointed Alan Pardew as manager almost three years ago, we were shocked, because Alan had done nothing in his career that seemed to justify him taking over the top position at the club.
Cheick Tiote - we have a very good manager
And in the three years he’s been at the club, he’s taken Newcastle to a surprise 5th place finish in the Premier League, and last season struggled as Newcastle were surprisingly fighting against relegation, and getting just 7 points (two wins and a draw) in 13 successive league games would have seen most managers in the Premier League fired.
But he wasn’t, and while we shouldn’t jump to conclusions or be too upbeat after a couple of wins (but that’s difficult right now), things seem to be looking up at Newcastle.
Cheick Tote certainly thinks Alan is a good manager, and he had this to say in the local press today
“We’ve got a very good manager.” “He is open with the players and he talks all the time with us.” “He has put his trust in us and when we play tough games like Tottenham and Chelsea it gives us the belief we can go out and win.”
“You need to believe in yourselves because if you don’t have confidence it is difficult to win.” “The manager gives us that and he tells us what we have to do on the pitch as a team because not only one player can win, we have to do it together and that is the key.”
And Cheick has looked like his old self in these last few games as he’s captained the side in Colo’s absence, and he’s shown close to his best ever form for the side.
And of course he’s pushed to do that by Dutchman Vurnon Anita, who has been in excellent form this season, now that he’s used to the Premier League after he struggled a little with the physicality of the league last season.
But now both Vurnon and Cheick look like top class midfielders in the Newcastle shirt, and that’s got to be very good for the team.
Hey – maybe we can do very well this season in the league?
But of course a defeat by Norwich will bring us back to reality – and very quickly too.
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