Obertan singing the praises of Monsieur Pardew

Gabby loves Pardew
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!

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31 thoughts on “Obertan singing the praises of Monsieur Pardew

  1. I think Pardew has shown some great man management since he has been her in fairness. Just don’t leave him alone with your mrs 😆

    Nah seriously if he can get the best out of players then it bodes well for us. Long may it continue indeed 🙂

    Obertan still has an odd shaped head though.


  2. I was praising Obertan before the Blackburn game, and I think he has added another dimension to our attack.
    People were saying “not much better than Routeledge” but clearly some know very little about football.
    I’d say he was very ineffective in his first game. His best role is definately out wide.
    I love the way he and Jonas swap sides to muddle with the defenders.
    I like how Obertan comes inside occasionally to add an extra unmarked body, and I especially like how he can quickly bring the ball out from defence to attack because of his skill and pace.

    His workrate has improved massively and we now have two very pacy wingers who put in a shift, which makes us a dangerous counter attacking side. With a new pacey striker, that threat will be even greater.

    Marvauex adds competition for places and it all looks very good in the midfield area for us.

    Think Obertan and Cabaye have been terrific improvements on what we had last season in Nolan and Obertan, and they both promote a far more pleasing brand of football.


  3. I just saw this quote and made me think of us Toon fans and the difference between those of us who prefer to look on the bright side and the rest of the pishing, moaning, whinging feckers who pour scorn on anything that remotely resembles good news.

    “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”


  4. JJ
    September 28, 2011 at 09:06

    “People were saying “not much better than Routeledge” but clearly some know very little about football.”

    That sits with my gripe of people judging players too early. The people who said that were saying that after one or two games. It’s pathetic.


  5. Well, wherever you live, you don’t have to look too far out the front door to see the world is full of idiots.

    Poor old Troy just has to look in the mirror every morning.


  6. He really needs to learn from Marveaux how to deliver a much better quality final ball though, he’s been getting into some excellent positions but his crosses seldom clear the first man.


  7. TC

    Don’t see why everyone has a problem with Troy, he’s polite, respectful of peoples’ opinions and doesn’t wish ill upon anyone.


  8. Btw obertan is a very good player my mates who are sorry man u fans were all gutted he left! So I knew we must be getting a player.

    What’s great to see is we seem to be getting more and more positive noises at the club! What’s crazy is if colo signs a new contract too it would be borderline brilliance even though we haven’t got the new striker in we all wanted!


  9. Thad

    Troy is hardly respectful of peoples opinions, just because he is clever with his wording doesn’t mean he isn’t condescending. Your a fool if you don’t see past his act.


  10. Also, with regard to Obertans delivery, I’ve seen him put in some great crosses. And he is definately better than Jonas in that department.

    Sometimes I truely think people look for faults in players rather than looking at the positives they offer. He workrate, passing, first touch, pace, dribbling are all fantastic… So he can’t deliver a ball like Beckham every time.

    If he could, he wouldn’t be playing for us with all those attributes, he’d be at Barca, Madrid or still at Man United. We can’t expect perfection for 3.5mil.
    But he is certainly still a good player and great value.

    A massive improvement.


  11. 1. Routledge isn’t a terrible player
    2. Obertan does have similar strengths and weaknesses to Routledge
    3. On the evidence to date, Obertan is better than Routledge and potentially miles better


  12. Very good player and will only get better. I can imagine that he is growing in confidence playing regularly with us. He like ben arfa was a couple of years ago mega prospects, and he might


  13. The amount of comments about Troy clearly show that you’s think alot of him, becauseif you’s didn’t think much of him you’s wouldn’t be bothered to mention him, so its clear you’s do think alot about him.
    Batts he was on yesterday about teatime for a bit, Why is hesupposed to be working for you, and your just checking up on him.?
    As for Obertan I think he has still to get better, but even now he offers more than Routs


  14. Have lost his way abit at man u. Anyway if you have told me two or three years ago that we would have both ben arfa and obertan i would be over the moon.


  15. Witters
    Oh, ok. Never knew. I find Troy’s opinions on football/the club interesting.

    I find his opinions of himself and his silly fishing games pathetic.


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