PARD MISSION: TOON ARMY TROOPS ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR MANAGER
Newcastle knocked Man City out of the League Cup after a spectacular night at the Etihad. Goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko dumped City out of the cup. The win comes as a huge boost for a team craving success after a torrid start. The club haven’t won a major trophy since 1969 and manager Alan Pardew is under intense pressure to get results.
After three wins out of three in all competitions, the Geordies could have turned a corner under the leadership of Pardew, a man loathed by many Toon supporters, there were even posters printed calling for him to be sacked.
One thing is for sure, though, there is a long way to go for Pardew to convince the fans he is the right man, there are still a lot of cracks in Newcastle United, despite the wins, and United could be grounded at any second with the number of lacklustre performances they have already displayed this season.
Performances need to improve too; the club ground out a win against Leicester in what was their first league win of the campaign, and although performances away at Tottenham and Man City were very impressive, performances like that must be maintained.
Newcastle as a club can be buoyed by the fact that although not convincing at the start, the players appearing to be fighting for their manager, and that’s something that Pardew can take a lot of pride in, and of course the fans too, they will be as pleased as any to see the players fighting for the shirt. The joyous celebrations from the players at the end of the City match showed that.
The win at City showed a togetherness and spirit that can’t be taught. This was perhaps demonstrated by Ryan Taylor the most, it was his first game in 26 months after suffering a double knee injury, but the Liverpool born player showed that he bleeds black and white after being involved in a number of key stages in the game, including a crucial block in which the ball hit a part of his body that nine out of 10 other footballers would not be willing to put on the line, his character must also be praised massively as he slotted into the team as if he’d never been away.
If Alan Pardew is to take the Magpies to Wembley, then he could be forgiven for the number of embarrassing defeats, the fans are craving Wembley let alone winning a cup, a Wembley final at the very least could be enough for the fans’ opinion of Pardew to change. I know I would certainly change my view of the manager if he won us our first major trophy in so long, and rightfully so to, that’s what we want, a trophy, we’ve waited long enough!
A rye smile occurred, though, amongst many Geordie fans when they were accused of being ‘fickle’ for basking in the glory of the cup win at City, and not saying a bad word about Pardew when the club were winning. In fact, the fans are not fickle at all, they are merely enjoying booking a place in the quarter-finals, and in spectacular fashion too, what’s wrong with that? The fans are still well aware there is a lot of work for Pardew to do if he is to get back on the good side of the fans, Pardew himself will know that, so for the media and other fans to suggest that Newcastle fans are fickle, is unfair and wrong.
For now, everyone involved with the club must not get carried away, though, there is some reason to be optimistic in the cup, as this season could truly turn out to be a special one for the North-East club. The League Cup could be pivotal in deciding the fate of Pardew.