Alan Pardew had a message for the fans in his program notes for yesterday’s game, as Newcastle welcomed a club that Alan had played for from 1987 until 1991, but of course he was not allowed in the great St. James’ Park stadium (it looked great yesterday), because of his three match stadium ban, which will be followed by a four match touchline ban.
John Carver and Alan Pardew at Newcastle
And it was good to see owner Mike Ashley at the game yesterday, but we didn’t get a shot of Mike after Papiss Cisse scored the sensational winner very late into stoppage time.
This is what Alan wrote in his program notes for yesterday’s game:
“It will always be an incident that I deeply regret and there is nothing I can do to take back what happened.” “
“The price I am paying for my indiscretion is heavy (but you deserve it), and I will feel it this afternoon as a massive occasion takes place at St James’ Park against my former club Crystal Palace, and I will be elsewhere.”
“I would again like to thank Mike Ashley, the board, my staff at the training ground, the Newcastle players and everyone at the club for their support in the last few weeks .”
“And in addition, can I express my appreciation to all of you who have written to me expressing your support at a time when I very much needed it.”
“We all make mistakes in life and I have received messages from a huge number of Newcastle supporters, which have been very welcome during what has been a difficult period for me personally.”
There’s just a little bit of the victim in that statement – and Alan has to realize that even though the punishment is tough – it’s what he deserved – and the good news is that he’s still got his job as the Newcastle manager.
But it’s also heart warming to hear that supporters have sent him messages of support – we’ve all had our bad times in life, and there’s nothing quite like getting heart-felt support from people in those times of need – it really helps!
Alan Pardew has his doubters at Newcastle, but when did we have a manager who didn’t have doubters – we remember back when the great Bobby Robson was manager, and in his last season there was a growing feeling he was losing touch with things and had lost the plot.
There will be a huge rebuilding of Newcastle’s squad his summer, and players like Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Papiss Cisse and others are currently playing for their Newcastle careers.
Everton are next up on Tuesday night, and they are a very good side and it will be a very tough game – but you just never know with Newcastle, especially if Papiss now has the confidence to put those chances he keeps getting into the back of the net.