Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has been reviewing the game on Saturday between Arsenal and Newcastle, and he has had some good things to say about the way Newcastle have been playing recently.
Jamie Carragher – Sky Sports pundit
And he has gone a little bit further by giving out some accolades to the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and even to the owner Mike Ashley.
This is what Jamie has said today:
All in all, Alan Pardew has done a good job at Newcastle. He got Manager of the Year one year as well, the next year they went into the Europa and found it difficult, and then they started the following season very well, but lost Yohan Cabaye.
But I think that the fans’ frustration comes more towards the owners than Alan Pardew, and the fact that when you have a manager for so long, I think that at times people become bored and they want change. They want something new, something different.
And of course, it was a difficult start to this season after the end to last season, so you can understand the fans’ frustration.” However, credit to Alan Pardew, I think he handled himself really well. He was dignified in his interviews afterwards, he always said the right things and as I said, I think at this moment they have come out the other side.
And I also think that you have to give owner Mike Ashley some credit, because obviously in the past a lot of owners have got rid of a manager early after the fans turn on them. But he has done a really good job and I am sure that the Newcastle fans, even though they were criticizing him, will want this to continue.
From the defeat we suffered at Stoke City on Monday night, September 29th, I was convinced Alan Pardew was going to be fired on the following Tuesday morning – but I was wrong (again).
In fact we had just beaten Crystal Palace 3-2 after extra time in the Capital One Cup the previous Wednesday, and drawn against Hull the previous Saturday, so maybe there were even some signs of improvement in those games.
But Newcastle have turned things around in dramatic fashion in the 10 games since the Stoke defeat, and we have won seven, drawn two and lost only one at West Ham.
This season has already been very strange – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and we are hoping the game at Arsenal on Saturday turns out to be in the “good” category.
But we have never done well at the Emirates for a long time.
But there again we had never won at the Etihad Stadium either – before this season – and we won there with a number of our youngsters stating that game.
Howay The Lads!!
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