Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has said Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson has a “big future” on Tyneside.

He told the Chronicle: “I am a big admirer of him. He gives us a bit of energy.

“We were not bright in the mind against Swansea and Bolton – they were two tough games for us.”

The 20-year-old made substitute appearances in both games over the Easter period that saw Newcastle pick up all six points on offer and continue their run of five wins on the bounce.

“He wants to cross the ball, and that is brilliant when you have the strikers we have.

“He put a few crosses in and won us a few corners. He also did his job defensively – he has a big future here.”

Pardew also praised left-back Davide Santon following a difficult few months for the Italian.

“I thought Santon had his best game for us [against Bolton] – he was brilliant.”

5 comments
keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

I can't understand Shearers reluctance to criticise Ashley directly. Is it just me or is there a rabbit off somewhere?

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

I don't think Newcastle will get relegated, having said that though I also feel that they look least likely of any PL club to get another win this season, they can't score enough goals, and are conceding far too many! I'm really hoping that having Cissé and Sissoko back will make some kind of difference, combined with the potentially positive influence of De Jong coming back there's a slim chance we could get another win out of somewhere and save ourselves! We have a couple of winnable games, however I think if we don't beat one of Leicester or QPR, it'll likely be an extremely nervy final day of the season!

Keegan Quitter
Keegan Quitter

He should know about getting relegated. How dare he have the barefaced cheek after his pitiful performance as a manager in 2008-09. He couldn't even get anything out of his "mate" Michael Owen to get us one measly point.

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

You have to remember that a) Shearer only had 8 games in charge, by which point they were basically relegation fodder anyway, and b) the man had never coached before, a great player doesn't necessarily make a good coach, and you can't deny that Shearer knows a hell of a lot more about football than Carver!