Alan Pardew has led a bit of a charmed life as Newcastle manager this year, and Newcastle basically collapsed in the second half of last season and picked up very few points – and even when we had our best win of the year – the 4-1 win at Hull City on March 1st – Alan Pardew still almost lost his job.
Alan Pardew leaning into David Meyler
That’s when the manager lost control of himself on the sidelines, and softly head-butted Hull City player David Meyler, and that made negative headlines around the world for Newcastle United.
Alan immediately apologized, but Newcastle issued a statement that same night, and warned Alan Pardew as to his future conduct – and he was fined £100K by the club.
The warning was widely interpreted that if he did anything like that again – he would be fired as the Newcastle manager.
Pardew has talked about that in his interview with the Evening Standard yesterday:
“I never really hit him but it’s important when you do something wrong that you don’t hide.” “You admit that you’ve done something wrong and you have to correct it.”
“I’ve worked with a mentor, somebody who’s helped me focus my winning mentality.” “My capacity to want to win has over-spilt in a couple of incidents and I’ve had to channel that in a better way.”
“That winning mentality will never leaves me.” “But I need to get it across on to the pitch in different ways, in a more intelligent way, in my preparation, in my concentration at half-time and full-time.”
Hopefully we will not see any more altercations on the touchline from the Newcastle manager from now on.
Over the summer Newcastle bought in some decent players, but we still made a very poor start to the season, and the manager was again under severe pressure.
4 points from the first seven games was not good, but then some magic happened – and the whole thing has turned around – and we have won our last five games in a row. 😀
So while a lot of Newcastle fans wanted to see the Londoner fired at the start of the season, Alan is certainly a survivor – and still the Newcastle manager.
We hope the lads can keep up the winning streak for a few more games yet – and it’s great being a Newcastle fan at the moment – where the expectation is that we will win games – rather than the other way round.
Howay The Lads!!
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