From tin hats to real highs: Reborn Pardew took inspiration from Sir Bobby

Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat (centre) and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (right) both make a claim as the ball goes out of play during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat (centre) and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel (right) both make a claim as the ball goes out of play during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. Picture by Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

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REBORN Alan Pardew admits he’s taken inspiration from Sir Bobby Robson in his tough times at Newcastle United.

Pardew watched Newcastle beat Liverpool 1-0 at St James’s Park today, their fourth win in a row.

It propelled the club to ninth in the Premier League table, having been in the bottom three just a few weeks ago when Pardew looked to be on the brink of being sacked.

One fan in the ground, dressed as a skeleton, had a banner which read ‘Pardew back from the dead’, which the Toon boss admitted he’d seen.

And he used the words of legendary former Magpies manager Robson to explain his rollercoaster start to the season.

“This is Newcastle,” he said. “You have to know that there’s real highs.

“I think Bobby Robson said the highs are massive here and the lows are equally as low.

“He needed a tin hat at times, I need a tin hat at times.

“But when the good times come, this is as good a city as any to be in.”

•Gabriel Obertan came off after 27 minutes with what looked like a thigh injury and Pardew admitted the outlook is bleak for the Frenchman.

“Losing Obertan was real blow because he has been outstanding,” he said. “It looks like he’s got a bad injury so we’re all really disappointed for him.”