In his press conference today for the game at Palace on Wednesday night, John Carver was full of praise for former manager Alan Pardew, and said he was a real coach, really hands-on and John learned so much from him – especially how to handle things in adversity.
John Carver with Alan Pardew at Newcastle
And we suppose they had enough opportunities to handle adversity – because we did have our fair share of that over the last four years.
This is what John said when the game at Selhurst Park was mentioned, and that he would be meeting his former boss:
“We speak on a regular basis, we text each other nearly every other day, we are good friends and to be honest I didn’t know him before I came back to the club.”
“He’s given me the opportunity to come back here so I’m entirely grateful for that, but we are good friends – he’s been fantastic to work with and I’ve learned so much from him.”
“How to deal with things in adversity is one of the biggest things, but what I have to say is I’ve worked with a lot of top coaches and managers, and he’s certainly one of the best coaches I’ve actually been on the training pitch with.”
“And that’s saying something, and that’s being respectful to everybody else and he was such a hands on manager he was a coach, but he trusted me when he wasn’t there to get on with things – and I did.”
“It doesn’t surprise the impact he has had with his fantastic record at Palace – four wins of five in the league and a cup game”
In fact Alan has two cup wins at Dover and Southampton, and he’s won three games out of four in the Premier League for an overall record of five wins in his first six games in charge at Selhurst Park.
But John Carver also said we have a good record at Selhurst Park, and we did win in the League Cup earlier in the season after extra time, and he hopes we can get the win.
Don’t we all.
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