Alan Pardew revisits the Newcastle United fans don’t like cockneys claims
Alan Pardew was appointed Newcastle United Manager exactly nine years ago today.
After Mike Ashley disgracefully sacked Chris Hughton, only weeks after he had overseen a 5-1 win over Sunderland and a 1-0 away win at Arsenal.
Alan Pardew was out of work at the time, having been sacked by then League One club Southampton.
As Pardew got the job on 9 December 2010, a Sky Sports poll of 40,000 supporters showed only 5% support for him to be appointed.
At the time Alan Pardew said:
“I am not a Geordie of course but I am a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.
“Chris Hughton did a great job last season in guiding the club back to the Premier League and he continued that good work this season.
“It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward.
“It (Newcastle United) is one of the top five clubs in England.
“It’s a daunting prospect but something I couldn’t turn down.”
Alan Pardew has now been talking about his time at Newcastle United and revisited the ‘Newcastle fans don’t like cockneys’ untrue storyline.
He talks positively as well about the likes of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, yet both were forced out of the club by the owner only months after Alan Pardew arrived, the two players having been part of the senior players group who had stood up to Mike Ashley in a row over bonuses.
Alan Pardew has been talking to Eamonn Holmes on his new Heineken podcast ‘A Pint with Eamonn and the Gaffers’ and relates what happened nine years ago…:
“So, now I’ve got this big job at Newcastle and the fans are saying, ‘why is he here?’
“Obviously, I was from London, which probably didn’t go in my favour, because I think they had a thing about London with Dennis Wise and Mike Ashley and everybody else, so I was coming in on a negative and an even double negative.
“The first day I was there, the door goes and Joey Barton’s at the door, he comes in and typical Joey, no formalities, goes, ‘just to let you know that me and the players don’t want you here, we don’t think that you should be here and you need to know it.’
“That was his opening line so I’m like, ‘Okay.’ I like that though because at least with Joey you know where you stood; big characters like him and Kevin Nolan, you’ve got to win respect from, and the only way you can do that is to win it on the training ground and by getting results – you need to win games to raise the spirit of the club.
“We managed to win games and I loved it at Newcastle, the fans were amazing, they didn’t think I was amazing and were just sort of coping with me and we had some massive success there with the budget we had.
“The year we finished fifth I think we were the bottom club in terms of net spend so we were really overachieving,
“I had a great group of players and like all managers you live and die by your players.”
“I had a great leadership group, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi, players who knew what was needed to win games.
“The atmosphere and the electricity of the stadium will never leave me, never; some of the nights and days we had there were amazing. Beating Man United 3-0, I always love to bring that up!”
“There are times with Joey, as you’ve seen, where he loses the plot; he can lose the plot over a dog having a wee up a tree, it doesn’t take a lot. Numerous times I took him off the training ground and made him stand with me and he was going mad and I’d think he was going to attack me from the back but he never did, calmed down and I put him back on the training ground.
“Those type of characters you’ve got to be strong with and others you have to be very soft with their self-confidence. Joey’s self-confidence, if you actually asked him on a lie detector, ‘where would you put yourself on a list of the best players of all time’, he’d probably put himself about sixth.
“That’s great because he [Joey Barton] has that super self-confidence, but some players are the complete opposite, ‘how good do you think you are?’, ‘Oh, I’m not sure I could play in this team/not sure I should be at this level.’ You’ve got to kind of coax it out of them and get belief in them so it is kind of judging characters, it’s like anything when you manage in life, whether you’re running the local supermarket or whatever it is, you’ve got to understand the criteria of the person and their make-up – what’s going to touch their buttons/hit them?”
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