Alan Pardew has talked at length today about his four years at Newcastle, and he has refrained from criticizing the setup at Newcastle or the fans.
Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle
Alan Talked about the two good teams he had, but he was disappointed about the one we have twelve months ago, which was kind of torn apart when Cabaye moved to PSG.
This is how Pardew described the two teams:
“I can think of two really good sides I had at Newcastle.” “The one that finished fifth – in a way you’ve kind of won the league for a team like Newcastle when you do that.”
“But then I thought we actually had an even better team than that only 12 months ago when we had Loic Remy, Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul – that team was a really, really strong team.”
“I was really hurt that we never got back to that team.” “Cabaye leaving was out of our control, he didn’t give us any movement on that, and Remy got injured and we couldn’t secure the position.”
“We never got back to that and when that has happened before, it starts to hurt.” “They were ninth when I left, it’s a really good, stable club and it’s a good position for a different manager to take it forward and I hope they do.
“You have to show a depth of character at Newcastle and a resilience.” “At times, under difficult circumstances, you have to show you’re brave enough with your decisions to win games and I like to think that I proved that there.”
“I’d be foolish to say everything was hunky-dory and I was happy-go-lucky about it all.” “It’s a serious business for the Newcastle fans. You have to produce, you have to deliver.”
“I got used to that pressure after a while, like you do at any big club I guess, but it doesn’t mean it goes away.” “Defeats hurt, particularly big defeats.”
The Newcastle fans never took to Pardew, even though he is the only Newcastle manager ever to win the Premier League Manager of the Season Award and he won the Barclay’s award and the LMA award in 2012.
Pardew came under extremely heavy pressure from Newcastle fans earlier this season, when we had a poor start to the season, the sack pardew brigade got going.
What we think happened is that’s when Pardew decided it just wasn’t worth all the pain at Newcastle, but he stayed through the hard times early in the season, and even managed to put together a six game winning streak.
But there are easier and more enjoyable ways of earning your money in management than at Newcastle, when the fans are against you, and he took the first opportunity to leave, when the Palace job became open.
In the end Alan Pardew left on his own terms, and he is even being talked of as being quite successful at Newcastle, given the restrictions placed on him by Mike Ashley.
This news may not be helpful in our efforts to get in a top coach to replace the 53 year-old Londoner.
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