Alan Pardew and Newcastle are on a terrific run at the moment, four wins in a row, and we’ve seen Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager start to talk about a number of things he has hardly talked about in the past - since the pressure is off him – well at the moment it is.
Alan Pardew – wants to uphold the traditions of the great Sir Bobby Robson
But whatever you think of Alan as a manager, and we know he still has his detractors who don’t think he’s good enough to be the Newcastle manager – the man has tremendous mental strength – and that’s always a huge advantage when you are seeking success in any endeavor.
The measure of a man (or a woman) is how they react when they are up against things – in difficulties, not how they react when everything is going swimmingly.
And if a manager had to go through hell and high water last season it was Alan Pardew, and he must have come awfully close to being fired in January, when we lost 2-1 at home to Reading, after we had won all seven previous encounters against that same club, who were below us in the league table..
But he survived and so did Newcastle, and now we seem to be riding high again – although we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground.
This is what Alan has said today in the local press:
“You have to prove yourself as a manager at any club, but particularly at a big club, that you can handle the tough times.” “I did that at West Ham and got a lot of respect from West Ham fans, more for that, probably, than some of the great victories and getting to the cup final and the promotion we got.”
“Maybe it will be the same here. Maybe in the future, people will look back on that year and say, ‘Well, he still handled it with a bit of dignity and respect’, which I tried to do.” “Bobby Robson brought that to this job and for me, that’s the beacon for me to make sure I uphold those traditions.”
“The players are not so immune to it as myself because I have been in the game a long, long time.” “They were probably more hurt than me and it’s their response that should take more credit because they are the ones who actually have to perform.”
“It’s a difficult audience at times, but at the minute, it’s easy to play.” “The crowd is on our side, they are right behind us and therefore, we are making life easy for ourselves.” “I don’t really care about the honors too much.” “The most important thing is we have proven in November that we were as good as anybody, and now we have got to take that into December.”
It’s good that Alan mentions the incomparable Bobby Robson there, because Bobby always handled himself with great style, and he was loved throughout the football world – and deservedly so too.
And he always was an idol of mine – a role model – and just a great guy in every respect.
We really do expect Alan Pardew to win the Barclay’s Manager of the Month award for November – with four wins, and two of those wins were against top sides in Tottenham and Chelsea – so it’s hard to say that Alan doesn’t deserve the award.
John Carver and Bobby Robson – circa 2003
But of course it’s an award for the club – and hopefully it will not be the only time that the manager wins the monthly award this season – and if he wins it again this season, you can bet Newcastle are flying high in the league table.
And that would be simply fantastic.
What do you think?
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