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Alan Pardew On Yohan Cabaye, Monkeys and What Newcastle People Live For

8 years ago

The new TV deal works both ways and while extra tens of millions are going into every club each season, the broadcasters want their pound of flesh.

As part of that, managers now have to do pre-match interviews once the teams have been announced.

Minutes before the Fulham match this is how Alan Pardew summed up his and his team’s position;

“I think the two guys (Anita and Sissoko) in midfield did a good job for us and I’ve got to be fair to the squad, you (Yohan Cabaye) can’t expect to come straight back into the side.

Loic Remy is on the bench and that will be a bonus for us as well, if near the end of the game we are searching for a goal but hopefully we’re not because we need that little monkey off our back in terms of a goal and a win.

We have a few more weapons on our bench than we had last week (West Ham), which may be significant hopefully. The importance for us is our fans, that we put on a performance that brings them happiness, because it is their week, it is what Newcastle people live for, their football team.”

As they say, it’s good when a plan comes together.

The late subs undoubtedly created the platform for Hatem Ben Arfa to score that glorious winner but if the winner hadn’t come then fans might have been right in asking why the subs hadn’t come on earlier as they gave a drive and energy that had been previously missing, as Newcastle had been doing ok but without a real cutting edge.

So Alan Pardew has got that monkey off his back and us Newcastle people can live a happier week now our team has won.

I sometimes think the manager patronises the fans but I do also think that at times he does really get it and understands what Newcastle United and the supporters are all about.

Maybe if he didn’t have countless other ‘monkeys’ on his back at St.James’ Park we could see the real Alan Pardew all of the time.


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