Alan Pardew Explains About His Captains
After Saturday’s performance against Liverpool, especially in that battling second half, Alan Pardew could well have talked about everybody being a captain in that display.
Instead after the match, the manager explained his reasoning as to why he chose Cheick Tiote as captain ahead of Yohan Cabaye, despite the frenchman having had the honour previously.
“That was as good as I have seen from Cheick. I decided to give him the captain’s armband on Thursday as I felt that if you take Steven Gerrard out of the Liverpool team then that is what losing Coloccini is to us, a big big blow.
“I thought that we needed somebody to replace him with the same kind of instincts and that’s to lead by performance, Cheick needed to do that against Liverpool and I thought he was absolutely brilliant.
“I spoke to Yohan and I said ‘look, the events that happened at the start of the season in terms of the club and the fans, we need to spend some time together as we are.’
“He took it as you would expect as he is a brilliant person, accepted it and then he hits that wonder goal, plus he was superb as well.”
Undoubtedly a big decision but like pretty much everything else on Saturday, credit to Pardew for getting it right. After the early season chaos surrounding Cabaye it could have produced a negative reaction from some if he’d given it to Yohan, plus the Ivory Coast midfielder was so disciplined in his new role that he didn’t even get a yellow card!
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