Alan Pardew Forced To Change His Christmas Plans
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match, Alan Pardew has been forced to reflect on ‘that’ game back in April and how it may affect the result this time, plus given the latest update on both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini.
The Newcastle manager has also revealed how his Christmas plans have been forcibly changed, this is what he had to say when speaking at his pre-match press conference on the club’s official TV station;
Any regrets not facing Paolo Di Canio after he milked the win?
“No, it will be the fourth manager I have faced for Sunderland and it is a difficult environment to be a Premier League manager, or any manager in the north east actually because we’ve lost everybody (Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and even Gateshead have all changed) since the start of the year. My Christmas plans are out of the window as I was going to invite all the coaches – so I have had to re-jig them.”
“They have got good players, definitely got the standard to stay up but if we can win it will put them in difficult position and obviously that is what we want to do. A win for ourselves.”
Do you worry that there are still mental scars from that match (at SJP)?
“Yes, I hope there is. There is a bit of that in every game, especially a derby game, and also that last result, therefore the team need to reflect that.
“Steven Taylor is ok, he has trained this week and we are going to see whether he is going to start. We have Colo who is not too far away as well, so it will be touch and go on both of those guys. We will have to make the choice either tomorrow (Saturday) or Sunday.
“Colo’s had a really good week, we let him stay out in Argentina for another four or five days just to let the injury settle down. That has been a good decision, he has worked with his national team and it has stood him in good stead. It would be a great boost if he can come back for this one, if not this one then Manchester City or Chelsea.
“He has been outside but not trained with the group. I will only play him if he is right, I can’t afford to lose him for any length of time. If he is right then I will have no hesitation in putting him in.”
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