We expect Alan Pardew to always talk about his four years at Newcastle as being probably the best time of his football management career, and one reason for that is because he will never manage a bigger club or a club with more passionate fans than Newcastle – and he knows that.
Alan Pardew – misses Newcastle
But it seems that he just got fed up with the way Mike Ashley ran the club, when he kept selling our best players and not being quick to replace them – it became almost impossible to build a good team.
Alan will always talk well of Newcastle, and he did just that yesterday on Goals on Sunday, but he was at Newcastle four years not five:
“You’re going to get difficult years as a manager, and you have to see them through.” “I had five years there, and people come up to me and say ‘you must be so pleased you’re away from Newcastle’, but I actually miss Newcastle.”
“The support is such, that it’s intense. They want their team to win.” “If I was to be critical of my management there, I didn’t win the derbies and didn’t do well enough in the cups, and unfortunately they’re emotive games for Newcastle fans.”
“It’s a real regret of my management there, but I’m proud of everything else I achieved, and I sincerely hope in the summer they have a good window, buy well, and get that place rocking like it was in that second half against Arsenal.
“The transfer window really hurt us when we lost Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy got injured, and that’s when our problems started.” “It is difficult to try and stay with those top clubs when you haven’t got the investment.”
“We got so close – probably closer than Southampton are this year. We were two or three games away from the Champions League.” “The funds at Newcastle are way, way below Liverpool and Spurs, and those are the teams the fans expect to compete with.”
It’s a strange thing, but given Alan really had only one good season at Newcastle when we finished 5th top in 2012, he left the club with a higher profile than he had when he came in – and people outside Newcastle think he did well at the club – given the constraints put on him by the owner.
That doesn’t reflect well on Mike Ashley, but the thing we’ll remember Alan for is the big wins he had against the big clubs, when he somehow got the lads playing well against teams like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and most of all Chelsea.
This season we broke Chelsea’s winning streak in early December and before that we had beaten Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the League Cup with a patched up side that included a number of youngsters and fringe players, and we somehow came back to beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
He also was the instigator of the greatest comeback in Premier League history, when we came back and drew 4-4 with Arsenal after being 4-0 down after 26 minutes and being booed of the field at half time.
Alan had only been at the club just over a couple of months, but he’s right, losing four games in a row for the first time ever to Sunderland was not good, and we lost far too many 3rd round games in the FA Cup against lower league opposition.
Most of all we were impressed with Alan’s tremendous mental strength – and he was tested a lot while at Newcastle – and being manager of Palace must feel like a cakewalk for him in comparison.
At least Alan is being honest – but he was at Newcastle for only four years and one month.
With Palace planning a big summer transfer window it’s going to be interesting next season to see how the two clubs perform in the Premier League.
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