It has been confirmed that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be allowed to contact his assistant manager John Carver during his three match stadium ban, which starts today at Craven Cottage against Fulham.
John Carver and Alan Pardew in the dugout – but not today
With Alan Pardew missing from the stadium, you have to think Alan and his coaches have drummed into the players the game-plan for today, and what they all need to do, so that will hopefully mean minimum input from the touchline during the game.
But if Alan sees something that needs fixed, there’s no reason why he cannot communicate that to John Carver, but he’ll keep those communications to a minimum, as the assistant manager also wants to concentrate on the game.
But Alan will have a video analyst with him in his hotel suite, and that will give him a better chance to understand what is happening in the game, as it proceeds.
And a win is what we all want to see, and even though Fulham are rock bottom of the league. there’s no guarantee Newcastle can come out with all three points, and Fulham are fighting for their Premier League lives – so to speak – so they will be motivated
But if Newcastle win today it will be our 8th away win of the season, and the manager is clear about why the record is so good:
“It comes from having a good game-plan away from home, having good pace in the team – which we have and which was a real problem for Hull – and sometimes a bit of luck, which we have had in certain away games.”
“It’s a shame it has not been reflected at home in the same manner because our home form has been patchy, and we are looking to improve that even though, after Palace, we have two really tricky games.”
The two games after Crystal Palace are at home to Everton and Southampton away.
A win today would equal the number of away wins we got when we finished 5th top in 2012, and there are still three road games left after today – although they are all tough ones at Swansea, Arsenal and Liverpool.