It looks like John Carver has told Alan Pardew about some of the bad times even the great Sir Bobby Robson had at Newcastle – there weren’t too many – but more about that later – during his five year reign at his home town club, with John being Bobby’s assistant manager at that time.
Sir Bobby Robson and John Carver – circa 2001
This is what Alan said after the game yesterday:
“It is Halloween! Bobby Robson had some dark days here, don’t worry about that. If you are Newcastle manager, it is not all gin and tonics and aperitifs. There will be rough days.”
“I always knew, and I kept saying it, that we have good spirit and good talent. I am not saying I saw the wins coming, but I knew there was talent.”
“Our fans are brilliant. It will be fantastic in the town tonight – I might even go in myself, the first time for a while.” “That is what this city is about. It breathes and loves football.”
“When it does not go well, they let you know, and when it is going well, they let you know. You take the good with the bad.”
Bobby had a tough second season at Newcastle, and after literally saving Newcastle from relegation in his first season – we finished 11th with 52 points in 2000 – the next season we finished 11th with 51 points – so on the face of it – there didn’t look to be too much progress made.
But we had injuries that season, including Alan Shearer being out for a long time.
But Bobby knew what he was doing, and in the next three seasons we finished 4th (71 points), 3rd (69 points) and 5th (56 points) before Sir Bobby was fired. 🙁
Of course Alan Pardew’s record hardly compares with that of the great one, and in yesterday’s fourth win in a row the truth is that after an hour played yesterday, it was really anybody’s game.
But it was Newcastle who forced the issue, and we got the all important goal through Ayoze Perez (what – again) after 73 minutes – a good opportunist goal from the 21 year-old striker.
And after that – if anything – we could have scored one or two more goals – and Newcastle contained Liverpool rather easily to get all 3 points.
Bottom line – it was another great win for Newcastle – and we bet the Toon was rocking last night – as it was quite often, when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager.
And to think we never even mentioned Kevin Keegan and the Entertainers. 😀
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