This season if is a fairly regular occurrence that more than half the side starting a game are French, and as an example last Saturday in the 5-1 defeat of Stoke we had six Frenchman start that game.
Mathieu Debuchy – one of the top French players at Newcastle
Newcastle are on a run of seven wins and one draw in our past nine league games, and to think some fans were calling for the dismissal of Alan Pardew a short two months ago, but Alan has again proved he is doing a good job on Tyneside, and certainly his players are behind him 100%.
Alan has said that he would like a lot more British players in his squad, but he;l come out today and said the French contingent on Tyneside have been brilliant:
“We’ve introduced a lot of French players because of market forces.” “Arsene’s first port of call when he arrived here was France, for the same reason.”
“I’m disappointed not to have more British players in my team. I want more British players but I’m certainly not going to argue with our French contingent.”
“They’ve been brilliant. It’s a world transfer market now. Arsene maybe saw that before other managers; we owe him a bit of a debt.”
Alan Pardew is the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League these days next to Arsene Wenger, and that’s after only three years on Tyneside, but Alan has a chance to have Newcastle finish in the top six in the league for the second time in three years.
Bobby Robson was the last Newcastle manager to achieve that record and in his final three seasons on Tyneside, Bobby had us in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in the Premier League.
And then in late August of 2004, Freddy Shepherd in his wisdom ruthlessly fired one of the best managers Newcastle ever had.
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