So I used to do a few of these a couple of years back, with us playing Spurs on Sunday I thought I would get the perspective of a Tottenham fan ahead of the fixture and their expectations of the game and their thoughts on us. I spoke to friend and Spuds enthusiast Jack. Here’s what we discussed:
So Newcastle are coming to The Lane on Sunday, what do you make of Newcastle as a club?
Newcastle are clearly one of the largest clubs in the Premier League with a great history and extremely passionate fans. I think many of the fans expect to be at the top end of the table because of the club’s size, but they need to be patient and just aim for small improvements year on year.
What do you make of Joe Kinnear’s appointment as Director of Football? Is our owner doing a good or a bad job in your opinion?
Joe Kinnear’s appointment is an absolute farce. I don’t see what his role at the club is, other than to piss off Alan Pardew. I think the summer transfer window proved just how effective he is at helping the club’s recruitment – and what about the rumours of his attempt to sign Shane Ferguson?
I think Mike Ashley is doing a poor job overall. Obviously he provides very useful financial stability, but he still views the club as an extension of his businesses. The appointment of Joe Kinnear is just the most recent in a list of ill-judged decisions. Does giving Alan Pardew an 8 year contract seem so clever now? Or alienating the fans by offering naming rights for St. James’ Park?
What is your opinion of Alan Pardew?
Alan Pardew is pretty clueless. He’s not only unable to get the squad playing as a cohesive unit, but he’s also ruining the confidence of individual players. I doubt he had much to do with the top quality players signed by Newcastle (such as the French contingent), I expect Graham Carr’s scouting team played a much bigger role.
If you could have any Newcastle player in the Spurs squad who would it be and why?
Loic Remy (I know he’s on loan from QPR). Spurs could do with more striking options, and Remy also offers the versatility that he can play as a winger. Yohan Cabaye is the most gifted player in the Newcastle squad, but I don’t feel his style compliments the formation Spurs play.
If you had to chose, who would you say is your favorite Newcastle player of all time and why?
Probably Alan Shearer. It is probably the most obvious choice because of his goal scoring records, but I think he personofies many of Newcastle’s qualities. I’m also a bit young to remember some of the greats from the history books…
Who should we be weary of on Sunday from the Spurs squad?
Hugo Lloris should be your biggest worry. Although our high line playing defensive boasts an impressive 7 clean sheets in the league this season, there is a chance to catch them out with long balls over the top. There’s a much smaller chance of catching out quick off his mark, sweeper keeper Lloris as well.
We put one over on Chelsea last weekend, can we cause another upset over you guys this weekend?
I think it will be much harder to score against us, especially if Sandro is back to partner Paulinho in midfield and protect the defence. On the other hand, we’ve struggled to score many goals in the league. If you can stifle our creativity for long enough then I’m sure you will find yourselves with more and more chances in the game.
Your score prediction?
Thanks to Jack for his time and participation, think he has made some very plausible and interesting points. The main thing I picked up on were his comments about Alan Pardew, a few of our fans have spoken about his ability to man manage. It seems neutrals feel that could be a contribution to loss of form to certain players. Jack did say after I asked the questions that he felt our performance on Saturday was excellent and credited the manager, however he isn’t sold on him on the whole.
I also felt Jack’s choice of favourite player may of been different with players such as David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Ruel Fox, Chris Waddle, Jermaine Jenas, Steve Carr and Jonathan Woodgate, all representing both clubs. Oh well, Super Al it is!
So Jack thinks his Spurs will see Newcastle off with a narrow 1-0 win, do you agree? What do you think of the interview on the whole?