Newcastle fans were not happy when we picked up only four points in the first seven league games of the season, although we had decent wins in the Capital One Cup at Gillingham and at Crystal Palace in that period.
Daryl Janmaat chases Saido Berahino in today’s game
And at that time Alan Pardew’s name was mud, and the fans wanted him fired by owner Mike Ashley.
But after the good 2-2 draw at Swansea, where Arsenal lost 2-1 today, Newcastle have won five games in a row, including a win at Manchester City in the League Cup, our first ever win at the Etihad Stadium – and we have kept four clean sheets, and three clean sheets on the trot.
And today Daryl Janmaat had an excellent game, and got two assists in our excellent 2-0 win at West Brom, with two perfect crosses for the two goals from young Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini.
Janmaat was at Feyenoord before he arrived on Tyneside in the summer, and was managed by current Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, and in the summer he was playing for Holland in the World Cup in Brazil, and was managed by Louis van Gaal, who is now manager of Manchester United.
In the Sun on Sunday today, Daryl has said he thinks Alan Pardew is as good a manager as either one of those Dutchmen:
“I worked with two very good managers in Van Gaal and Koeman, and I’m working with another very good one now. I see the similarities between them.”
“Top managers have belief in themselves, they have strength, they stick to their philosophies.
They do not allow anyone to change those. That is how Alan Pardew has been.¨ “He has stuck to the same principles of belief and knowledge that helped make Koeman and Van Gaal great managers and he should be admired for the way he has turned things around.”
Newcastle are now in 8th place in the league with 16 points from 11 games, , and we are only 3 points out of 4th place.
We play QPR at home in two weeks time, followed by West Ham and Burnley away in our next three league games.
Some good results in those games could see us up there in the league, before we host Chelsea at home in the game after Burnley
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