Ahead of tonight’s trip to face Stoke City in the Premier League, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has thanked the club’s fans for sticking by him since he succeeded popular boss Chris Houghton at St James Park.
There was plenty of unrest when Pardew was announced as the new Newcastle manager, while there was also lots of concern when key players were sold in the summer.
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Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique all moved on, following the departure of Andy Carroll earlier in the year. This left fans of the club wondering about the short-term future, but after an excellent start to the season, Pardew has thanked the Geordie faithful for their trust.
The Newcastle boss – who has guided his team to 4th in the Premier League – said: “I think it’s very important that you have a good feeling running through the club, from the terraces right down to the pitchside.”
“I think there’s a trust from the terraces in what we’re doing, especially in the players that we have.”
“That trust has come out in a number of areas this year that have seen us get victories. And you can’t do that without the tremendous backing that we’ve got here.”
“I think they see that we’re trying to do it the right way, approaching the game in the right style, and hopefully producing football that makes them want to come back every week.”
The former West Ham manager will hope this pattern continues at the Britannia Stadium this evening of course. Stoke are always strong at home though, so it is a tough test of Newcastle’s unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.
As for the Potters, they have a hectic fixture schedule to endure at the moment. They have a trip to Israel on Thursday for the Europa League, so they will hope to get through tonight’s game without any injury problems.
They will be keen to move up to 8th in the table too of course, so Tony Pulis men will be focused on picking up three valuable points against a Newcastle side that has only conceded six goals in nine Premier League games this season.
This Monday night football clash gets underway at 8pm this evening.