Gabriel Obertan has been speaking to The Chronicle about Alan Pardew’s man-management skills.
Obertan found himself left out of the Manchester United team for long periods of time under Sir Alex Ferguson and although he does not regret the experience he had at the Red Devils, the Frenchman is glad to be working under Alan Pardew as he is aiming to rebuild his footballing career at the Magpies.
In the matches so far, Obertan has shown that he is beginning to recapture the promise that he showed whilst at Bordeaux which then allowed him to move across the channel to Manchester United. The French winger feels that Alan Pardew has begun to find his best form.
Obertan said to the local press, “He is a great boss because he is close to his players. He talks a lot to us and he’s good at managing ego’s in a team. It is a great to have a coach like this.”
It certainly seems that Pardew has had a definite effect on Obertan and it seems like he has been able to help nurture the Frenchman back to his best form.
We are now unbeaten in six games in the Premier League and our next trip is away to Wolverhampton Wanderers with the whole team hoping to extend that run to seven games. Obertan has two particular aims for the Wolves clash. Firstly to continue his from and to make sure that the team’s unbeaten run continues.
“I am starting to settle in game by game. There’s no reason why we can’t get a good result down there. The confidence is near the top at the moment after the win at Blackburn. We’ll work hard this week and get prepared, then we’ll be ready for the game.”
The message coming from Obertan is that the team are focussing on each game as any other game, they want to get a great result from the match and the mentality is to work hard to be prepared for each match.
The Frenchman voiced his opinions on how he feels that the Magpies should be ambitious this season and says that he would not have joined the Toon if he didn’t feel they were a club moving in the right direction.
“I knew this was a big move. I knew when I came here that this is a big club in England. Historically it is big too, so I was just glad to hear of the interest from the club. It’s a great opportunity and one that I didn’t want to miss out on.”
It is clear from Obertan that he knows about the background of the club and knows that this is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talents to all those in St James’ Park. Along with this it highlights that he was very keen to move to us when he heard of the club’s interest.
The winger finally spoke of the warm welcome that he has received on Tyneside: “It’s just a great feeling- the fans are brilliant. I was expecting a big, passionate club and I am not disappointed at all. We are on a great run at the moment and hopefully we can keep it that way.”
Obertan seems like he has settled well into life on Tyneside and he wants to be a part of keeping the team on their unbeaten run. He seems genuinely pleased to be a part of the club and determined to showcase his talents to the Geordie faithful.
After a slow start we are starting to see the Gabriel Obertan that was so highly a couple of years ago. He caused no end of problems against Nottingham Forest when he came on, and then played so well against Blackburn at the weekend. He is making that right-wing berth his own and is showing game by game improvement.
Long may that continue!