Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Positive Pardew Perfects Art of Focusing on the Plus Points

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Positive Pardew Perfects Art of Focusing on the Plus Points

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ALAN PARDEW has already admitted that, after a year in the Newcastle United managerial hotseat, his position is one of the most demanding but enjoyable jobs in football.

Not that Pardew often shows it in the company of TV crews and print journalists.

Pressure and controversy appear to leave the cool cat from Wimbledon pretty much unfazed.

Indeed, if there's one thing that Pardew has brought to Newcastle in the last year or so, it's much-needed context and reality to the frequent challenges that the post throws up on an almost daily basis.

A good example of this has to be the way Pardew has tackled the "defensive crisis" this week and turned a negative into a positive.

Clearly losing Steven Taylor is a significant blow for Newcastle and Fabricio Coloccini's thigh problem could not have came at a worse time.

Instead of flapping, Pardew kept it real at his pre-match Press conference yesterday. He quickly acknowledged that losing Taylor for the rest of the season wasn't great, but rather than whip up a frenzy about the situation, it was clear that his absence wasn't the end of the world.

Rather than waste energy whining about a problem he can no longer control, this week he has talked up the roles of who WILL be playing.

He praised Coloccini for bravely battling to be fit, while he also spoke of the key roles of James Perch and Tamas Kadar. And he was also keen to remind us all that even if Coloccini misses out at Norwich, both the skipper and Mike Williamson will be back against Swansea City where a solid performance akin to the duo's partnership in the early part of last season will leave a "crisis? What crisis?" feel to the whole defensive debacle.

He didn't moan and he didn't complain about the hand that he had been dealt.

All of it is a far cry from moaning managers of the past who would often have Newcastle a beaten side before a ball was even kicked.

And certainly a far cry from the days of Graeme Souness' weekly wallow in self-pity that injuries had denied him his best team, with hamstrings going off like party poppers on New Year's Eve during his stint in charge. …

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