West Brom manager Alan Irvine was a youth coach at Newcastle from 2001 through 2005, before he joined David Moyes at Everton as the Assistant manager thgere, so he knows all about Newcastle.
Alan Irvine – now manager of West Brom
Newcastle play West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, and it’s a chance for Newcastle to get five wins in a row for the first time since April of last year.
An anonymous group – which is still anonymous – SackPardew.com – still want Alan out of the club and their latest article says they will turn out to be right about Pardew, and that the winning streak is essentially a flash in the pan.
We assume they will be out in full force again after our next defeat.
It doesn’t exactly work to keep protesting to fire the manager when the team keeps winning – Newcastle and Pardew are not cooperating and losing games any more.
Mike Ashley, either by sheer luck or good management stuck by Pardew and lo and behold, after a terrible start to the season, we now have 13 points from the first 10 games and are in 12th place, one place behind West Brom.
This is what Alan Irvine told the Gazette today:
“I have to say I’m really pleased for Alan and the staff who are there as well,” “It’s been hard for them.” “I saw them playing at Stoke, where Newcastle lost 1-0, and I thought they were a bit unlucky.”
“I didn’t think they were too far away from getting results.” “I’m really pleased to see it’s turned round for Alan and everybody associated with the club.”
“I felt for Alan. I think he’s been great throughout. He’s been really dignified. I’m pleased that it’s turned around.” “Obviously, Mike Ashley’s stuck by Alan, and it’s nice to see.”
“The easy thing is to give in to the pressure. He obviously thinks Alan’s the right person for the job.” “Alan’s had some really good times there already, and I don’t see why he can’t have them again.”
“It’s great to see an owner sticking with the manager.” “Lots of people say continuity is required and time to build things. It’s great to see Newcastle backing their manager.”
“I’m hoping that it’ll be an attractive game, and I’ve said how much I think of Newcastle, but obviously I’m hoping that we get a win,” said the 56-year-old.
“It would be great from our point of view, but I realise how difficult that will be.”
We’ve noticed how the managers stick together, but it’s getting such a difficult job in the Premier League these days, with so much money involved, and sackings will continue to be made by clubs in trouble of losing out on the big money and being relegated.
Pardew has behaved well in the latest Newcastle crisis this season, and at some of his press conferences, you wouldn’t have been able to tell he extreme pressure he was under – he seemed so relaxed.
For the good of Newcastle United and for the good of Alan Pardew, the manager now has to keep winning games.
That’s easier said than done of course, but we must have a reasonable chance of winning again ta the Hawthorns on Sunday.
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