Alan Pardew’s Path To Redemption
What a refreshing performance that was!
Having played with ambition and determination in the first half, after the sending off few would have predicted that we would take a more than deserved point, perhaps even that was harsh on us with 10 men!
Now is the time for perhaps another rebirth, that of Alan Pardew.
For the first time in a long time there was vocal support to our manager, something few could have expected to hear again after this fixture in April.
Newcastle have shown some good improvements this season but too often go cold when it matters, consistency is the key to unlock the success of 2 years ago.
Many may try to disguise the fact but derby games have had dramatic impacts on players and managers careers at Newcastle.
Now I haven’t got anything against Liam or Andy O’Brien but do their Newcastle careers define the right to have their name sung at every game. Current boy Ryan Taylor could also fall into that bracket with him celebrated in song. The reason for their place in Geordie history is goals against Sunderland.
Hughton was respected for saving a sinking ship and bringing us back to the premier league, but will he not be most remembered for winning 5-1? Shola “the mackem slayer” is a legend amongst some fans (not for me thank you). The other side is managers like a certain Dutchman dropping our two best players and losing 2-1 at home, there was no return for him.
The opportunity knocks for Pardew, all won’t be forgiven by any stretch of the imagination but a derby win will give him around 10 games without any pressure and go some way to rebuilding his reputation with the fans
I rather embarrassingly predicted a landslide to Newcastle in April, and won’t make that mistake again, but I believe if we play with the spirit of this weekend and use our superior quality the least we can expect is a point.
A week of nerves has started but a chance of redemption awaits both us and our manager.
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