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Alan Pardew ‘Owners, Managers And Players Come And Go But Newcastle Fans Are Always There’

10 years ago

Speaking in New Zealand ahead of the two match tour, Alan Pardew has stated that, “Owners, managers and players come and go but the fans are always there.”

The Newcastle manager reflecting in particular about supporters such as Liam Sweeney and John Alder; the time, money and effort they and others would put in to following their team quite literally to the other side of the World.

Alan Pardew has promised to put out a strong side in honour of Liam and John;

“It’s important that we represent ourselves in the right manner, especially in the light of losing John (Alder) and Liam (Sweeney), that we conduct ourselves in the right way on and off the pitch.

“That we get some strong results because that is what they’d want and what we want. So particularly in memory of those guys, we want this to be a successful tour.

“Tomorrow I will be playing a very strong side because I think that is only right and fair in light of what has happened.

“None of us would be sitting here without our fans; owners, managers and players come and go but the fans are always there. The lengths that these two guys were going to, to come out here and support us, has brought home just how important they are to us.

“We have signed a number of new players, most of which are not here. We are fortunate though to have Siem (De Jong) and Emmanuel (Riviere), so that’s helpful because in the striking department we started to look needy towards the end of last year. So we have addressed that and out here hopefully we can get a better balance between defending and attacking.

“We are known for attacking football and at the end of last year you wouldn’t have thought that if you had watched us play.”

Alongside Alan Pardew at the press conference, it was a surprise to see Fabricio Coloccini next to his manager, with Siem De Jong and Vurnon Anita also speaking. My memory tells me that this is the very first time that the Newcastle Captain has spoken in English to camera, this move very likely coming after a number of fans had pointed out that United’s captain should also be expected to be representing the club off the pitch by talking before and after matches, as happens at just about every other club.

For the record, Colo looked very uncomfortable during the eleven minute press conference and his only contribution was confirming that he had previously played in an enclosed stadium with a roof, as will be the case on Tuesday when Newcastle face Sydney FC at the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin.


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