Former Newcastle star Philippe Albert has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he shares his opinions on Newcastle, who he now supports after playing for Newcastle from 1994 through 1999, mainly under the great Kevin Keegan.
Alan Pardew – can become an adopted Geordie?
And it would seem that Philippe is a huge fan of the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and he thinks if the Londoner can get Newcastle finishing high up this season, for the second season in three, he could become an adopted Geordie.
This is some of what Philippe said today:
“We had Kevin Keegan, obviously, and things went down after he left. It got better under Sir Bobby Robson, then he left and now Pardew has brought things back up again.”
“If we can finish in the top six this season and get back into Europe, then the fans will accept Pardew as an adopted Geordie.” “I think most realise what a good manager he is. I personally think he’s done a brilliant job in his three years at Newcastle.”
“It’s far more difficult to get in the top six or top four these days, certainly compared to when I played. Back then we were up against Manchester United and maybe another team for a season, Blackburn Rovers for example.”
“Now you have Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham who weren’t even on the radar in my time, plus Liverpool, Arsenal and also Everton this season.” “It would a phenomenal achievement for us to finish above those teams.”
Of course Pardew has his detractors at Newcastle, but when did a Newcastle manager not have detractors?
And some fans will simply not accept Alan Pardew is a good manager – whatever happens – and as a recent example of that I had a note after the Manchester United win, and that person wanted Alan out – because we should have won 3-0 at Old Trafford. 🙁
With views like that from some fans, Alan Pardew will never be accepted – even if we won the Premier League.
But let’s give a contrarian view to that one – we’d love Alan Pardew to be super successful on Tyneside – because that means Newcastle would be super successful – and that’s all we really want to see – and the sooner the better.
It’s really not very complicated.
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