Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diplomacy Is Order of Day from a Can- Pardew

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Diplomacy Is Order of Day from a Can- Pardew

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Byline: John Gibson

WORDS have been as precious as a drop of iced water on a parched tongue.

We have waited and waited for an explanation, and so when Alan Pardew at last broke cover this week what he said was eagerly gobbled up by a transfixed Geordie public.

He knew he couldn't be silent for ever, of course and, having let Joe Kinnear virtually hang himself, the return of all to training meant Pardew's fateful day had arrived.

Were his words interesting? Yes. Revealing? Only a tad. Predictable? Of course. Politically clever? Certainly. Pardew expertly trod the thin line between offending his paymaster Mike Ashley and lampooning his line manager Kinnear. There was no welcoming of Kinnear with verbal gushing which, should things turn pear-shaped, would not help any case for recompense. Neither was more ridicule heaped upon a man who has repeatedly done that himself. r

Whereas Kevin Keegan, who always wore his heart of his sleeve, clashed head on - privately and pu1blicly - with Dennis Wise, Pardew was always going to be craftier in his dealings with a director of football.

Keegan was impetuous, quick to spit out the dummy, as well as inspirational and infectious. Pardew is more of a political animal - courteous and a good speaker yet measured and fully aware of his current standing whatever it may be.

Indeed, Kinnear could do with some of Pardew's shrewdness when it comes to public speaking. He engages his tongue before his head, and if he does that during the season the explosion could be enormous.

Of course, Joe starts off from the better position than Alan being the "eyes and ears" of Ashley round the training ground, but the real test of characters is still to come.

There were no public gaffes from Pardew this week but then we knew there wouldn't be. …

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