Mike Ashley was a surprise show at the home game yesterday, as he saw Newcastle put on a decent show, but more important was the result, and Mike witnessed Newcastle get a very late winner to take all 3 points against 4th bottom Crystal Palace.
John Carver and Steve Stone delighted after Cisse late winner
And certainly John Carver and Steve Stone – two Geordies – were ecstatic at the late winner, and John had this to say at the final whistle:
“It was nice. I’ll be asking him for a new contract I think! It’s good that he’s shown his support.” “I take credit for everything today! “
“Alan and I had a number of conversations, just before half-time and as the game was going on.” “But in fairness, the manager never once said to me ‘we should do this’ or ‘we should do that’.”
“He always gave me an option, some of them we used and some of them we didn’t.” “But like he said during the week, he trusts people and he trusts the staff.”
“And because we’re in the stadium, we can get a sense for a feel of what’s going on and we have to make the final decision, so it works both ways.”
“I’ve spoken to Alan and he is delighted, obviously.” “He’s pleased for myself because there has been a bit of a pressure on me, with being a local lad and the manager not being there.”
“I don’t feel it because my job does not really change – he is still the manager. He is just doing it from seven or eight miles away. But he is pleased.”
“He’s coming to the stadium later on because I think his ban finished when the ball went into the back of the net. He’s coming to have a chat and I will have a beer with him.”
That was the second of three games Pardew has to serve of his stadium ban, and we have three points so far from the two games, both against bottom four sides.
The home game against Everton on Tuesday night will be the last of Alan’s stadium ban, and it seems that Alan will again watch the game from his Benton training ground office.
The Newcastle manager will also have a direct land line through to John Carver, who will again be on the touchline for this tough game.
A draw would be a decent result against a very good Everton side, who are 5th in the table on 54 points – 8 points above Newcastle, and with a game in hand.