Well would you believe it – Kevin Keegan has come out today and lavished praise on manager Alan Pardew and the Newcastle team.
Kevin Keegan – in first stint as Newcastle manager
Newcastle went the first seven league games this season with just four points, but we have won the last three, with wins at Tottenham and home to Leicester City and Liverpool, and we are now in 12th place with 13 points from the first 10 games.
Thats one point less than Liverpool and the same points total as Manchester United.
This is what Keegan has told Press Association Sport today:
“Four games ago there was despair around Newcastle,” “He’s been under pressure for a long time, since Christmas at least.¨ “They’ve persevered with him for whatever reason, and that’s worked out to their advantage.¨
“The one thing that’s obvious is that the team’s behind him: you don’t go to places like Tottenham and Man City and win, or Liverpool at home when they desperately needed a result, without having great team spirit.¨
“So that’s what Alan’s got, he’s got a lot of character.” “Remember it was only two years ago he was manager of the year so things do change quickly in football,” said Keegan, who was launching the GoFest initiative at Surrey Sports Park.
“But sometimes you have to give people who’ve done it before a little bit more patience, and just respect the fact that actually they’ve done better than this.
“Sometimes you’re going to hit brick walls in football, you’re going to lose key players, you’re going to sell players you shouldn’t sell maybe, that Newcastle did with (Yohan) Cabaye in particular.
“But for Alan I’m really pleased, as an ex-manager of Newcastle, you don’t like to see managers just leaving the club every three to six months like some clubs.
“I think the board there have got the rewards for sticking by him: and now they’ve got to keep it going.
That’s praise indeed from Kevin Keegan for Alan Pardew.
And there’s even some indirect praise there for Mike Ashley, since he’s the one who made the decision to keep Pardew and not fire him, and that praise is strange coming from Kevin, who sued the club for improper dismissal after he left in September of 2008.
But Newcastle, because of the way the lads have fought themselves out of a very difficult position, are now receiving the plaudits for that from many quarters, and some of our younger players have been playing very well for the team.
But we have to keep it up and beat West Brom away on Sunday. 😀
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