Paul Dummett has opened up in a long interview in the Chronicle today on the initial difficulties he had with former manager Alan Pardew around the 2012 time-frame.
It turns out that Alan didn’t think Paul was be good enough to play for Newcastle, but that simply motivated the Kenton lad to prove Alan was wrong – which he has done.
Paul Dummett with Rafa Benitez and budding star last Monday
Paul had loan spells at Gateshead – March through May 2012 – 10 games, and St. Mirren – two loan spells in 2012-2013 season – 36 games with two goals.
Paul did especially well at St. Mirren which was his real breakthrough season – he put some excellent performances in north of the border and got some rave reviews.
This is what Paul has said in the Chronicle today:
“Under Alan Pardew I was told I wouldn’t play for Newcastle United or the Premier League.”
“When he told me I replied that I wanted to prove him wrong. And he said: ‘That’s the attitude I like to hear’.”
“With me I have that attitude that I don’t give up. Two or three years ago I thought I’d never play in the first team.”
“I went on loan to St Mirren and Gateshead and knew I would have to come back and prove the manager wrong, which I did.”
“Eventually, Alan gave me the chance to play for Newcastle. I am thankful to him even though he said I wouldn’t be good enough.
“Maybe it was his way of encouraging me and go on and make a player of myself. Thankfully he gave me the chance and I am here now.”
“I was at the Academy from the age of eight, when you are younger you play all the time, at school, in the streets, everywhere.”
“The most important thing is that the youngsters learn as they grow up. When you are eight you watch Newcastle on TV and think about players like Alan Shearer and you want to be like them.”
“When you’re at school the teachers tell you it probably won’t happen because not many make it.” “That’s what I was told: ‘It won’t happen, only one in a million will make it.’”
“But if you work hard, practice, make sacrifices and you are dedicated, you always have a good chance.”
Some really wise words there from a mature Paul Dummett.
It’s not easy being a professional footballers these days – with being in the media spotlight all the time.
But Paul has shown real courage in his career so far and we saw him improve a lot once Rafa Benitez arrived at the club last March.
Paul knows he will have a fight on his hands this coming season to be a starter for Rafa Benitez, with two new full-backs likely to be signed.
The local lad certainly has an outstanding attitude.