When Alan Pardew left Newcastle it seemed it would be the biggest club he ever managed, and that he would draw on all the experiences he had during some (very) tough times at the club – over four years, and that already seems to be happening.
Earlier today we published an article where Alan said he would send messages of encouragement to Carver and the senior players in an effort to help them win the game against West Ham on Sunday.
Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle
Now Alan has gone even further and refers to Newcastle as one of the best clubs in the world:
“I’ve had a few Newcastle fans suggest to me that it would have been an easier season if I had stayed, let’s just put it that way,” “I had some difficult times at the start but we managed to turn that around and I have gone on record as saying that I can look back with pride that I managed to come through that.”
“If I doubted myself we wouldn’t have done that seven-match unbeaten run (it was six).” “I am disappointed for the players staff and fans. Sometimes you get in a rut and it’s difficult to get out of.”
“It’s one of the best clubs in the world and they just need to get over the line on Sunday and I hope John Carver and the team win.” “Their destiny is in their own hands. They need to win that game and then the Hull result is irrelevant and that’s where their focus should be.”
“And I’m sure the stadium will be in tip-top shape in terms of positivity to help the team get over the line.”
That first sentence is hard to take, but it’s obviously correct – there’s no way we would be in this mess if Alan had stayed – that may be difficult to accept for some fans – but it’s the truth.
Pardew has managed for 18 games and gained 29 points by our reckoning for Crystal Palace since he joined them, and John Carver has managed the same number of games and gained 10 points.
That’s why Pardew was the top man at Newcastle and Carver was his assistant.
If Crystal Palace win at Swansea on Sunday they could finish in 10th place with 48 points and that’s a fantastic turnaround for Pardew.
Palace were third bottom on 16 points after 19 games when he joined them at the beginning of the year.