Alan Pardew had faults as a head coach, but you cannot argue that he is an experienced coach who has been through the wringer quite a few times – including about five times at Newcastle, and he can motivate his players.
The best to remember with Alan at the club was his 5th top finish in 2012 – and we were close to getting 4th place – plus the many wins we got against top teams during Alan’s four years at the club.
Alan Pardew – during the 1-0 win against QPR
That was our fifth league win in a row
We are still trying to work out what he exactly said to the team at half time in February of 2011, when our lads came back magnificently from four goals down to Arsenal, to draw 4-4 at St. James’ Park – and that fantastic comeback will long live in the memories of Newcastle supporters.
Alan has offered his support of Newcastle, and he had this to say about Sunday’s game during his press conference today:
“Newcastle is close to my heart,” he said, before confirming he will send messages of support to Newcastle manager John Carver and senior players ahead of their final game on Sunday.”
“My players who I worked with for four or five years are still there, as are the staff as well and, more importantly the fans. That group of fans need to be in the Premier League.”
“They need to get this season out of the way and use this scare as a kick-start for their next year of going forward. They are one of the best clubs in the world and they just need to get over the line this time. I hope John and the team can do that.”
“Their destiny is in their own hands,” he added. “Win that game against West Ham and the Hull result is irrelevant. I’m sure the stadium will be in tip-top shape in terms of positivity to get the team over the line.”
“Although there has been a lot of disappointment and moaning about the situation, they know they have to get behind the team and when the do that, it’s a very difficult place to go.”
“Newcastle were ninth when I left, with 26 points from 19 games. They had a transfer window coming up as well, so they were in a good position, but they didn’t capitalize on that. I can’t give you a reason for that.”
We don’t blame Alan too much for sticking in those stats when he left – and they are right – we had 26 points half way through the season and if we had continued that we would have ended up with 52 points and in the top ten.
And since Alan has gained 33 points in his 18 league games at Palace this year and they are now 9 points above Newcastle after being 10 points behind us when Alan joined.
So for Pardew – he’s on 59 points after 37 games managed in the Premier League this season – not too bad and it would get 7th or 8th position this season, if they were all for one club.
There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew’s star has risen since he left Newcastle for Crystal Palace.
We have only 10 points from 18 league games played this year under John Carver, which is why we are now in big big trouble.
Maybe some of the messages Alan will send to our key players will motivate them for Sunday – and he can even inspire the senior players (who are the important ones on Sunday) to play near their very best.
It doesn’t seem that Carver has man-management and motivational skills in his coaching tool box – unfortunately.
We are still hoping (and praying) we can survive on Sunday – but we also know we could take the drop, just like we did six years ago.