Alan Pardew has experienced the lows and highs – in that order – of being the Newcastle United manager – and that’s all happened in less than three months – in just eleven league games this season.
The solemn two managers recognize Remembrance Day before the game today
We picked up only 4 points from our first seven games, and have picked up a maximum 12 points from our last four games, and are now 8th in the table..
And while Alan has been disciplined in not getting carried away either during the bad spell or during this current good (excellent) spell, he was seen to give the thumbs up sign to owner Mike Ashley in the stands, during stoppage time today.
Pardew talked about Mike and how he supported him this season:
“He’s stuck with me and was very supportive, particularly after the Southampton game, and you’ve got to have that as a manager.”
“You’ve got to have that faith in what you’re doing at the training ground – that you’re doing the right things.¨
“I like to think that buys you a bit of time and it bought me just enough time on that occasion. It was nice to just say ‘good win’.”
“I think Newcastle fans are an extreme of any fan.” “They’re emotional; when we win they go mad and when we lose they go mad, too.¨
“We weren’t winning games, I’m paid to win games. I tried to be consistent through that period, now we’ve got this lovely little spell and I’ll be consistent through this.¨
“I hope that they respect that. We’ve got a lot to do, a lot to learn these young players, but so far, so good.”
To put what Alan has said in another way – we just love winning, but we hate losing.
Alan still has a management challenge on his hands with so many young players in the side, although they have been great for us over the last four weeks or so.
But they are still unproven in the long term, and youngsters tend to make mistakes as they learn.
But over the last three games they have closed down the opposition and every one of them has given everything for the team, and you cannot ask for more than that.
That passion was epitomized by local lad Paul Dummett near the end of the game today.
Paul, who had another good game at center-back, headed the ball clear from the six yard line, and before the ball had come down just outside the penalty area, he was there to out-jump a West Brom player to head the ball further away and clear the danger.
That kind of 100% commitment is what has driven this current winning run – and long may it continue.
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