ALAN Pardew has warned his Newcastle United players to expect a hostile atmosphere at the Madjeski Stadium tomorrow – because of the ex-factor.
Pardew takes his side to former club Reading for the first time tomorrow and he’s not expecting a warm welcome from the club’s supporters because of the acrimonious nature of his departure to West Ham nine years ago.
A win over Pardew’s Newcastle is coveted by supporters, who have never forgiven him for forcing a move to Upton Park.
After Reading turned down an approach for Pardew from West Ham, he resigned from his post, eventually joining the east London club after an agreement was reached.
While Pardew has fond memories of his time in Berkshire, the manner of his departure still rankles with many fans.
“I won’t get a good reception,” Pardew said. “In fact, it’ll be horrendous probably because of the way I left.
“It will be a pretty charged-up atmosphere and we’ll need our fans to be as vocal as they can be in their support as they always are.
“I went back with a West Ham team a few years back, and they didn’t grasp the intensity of the opposition. We have to understand that they’ll be fuelled up again this weekend. With the atmosphere tomorrow, I really need our fans to give their backing to the team.”
Pardew and his staff have been given new eight-year contracts as the club tries to establish some stability on Tyneside.
Pardew, assistant John Carver, coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman have all signed new long-term deals which bring them into line with chief scout Graham Carr, who put pen to paper on an agreement which extends until the end of the 2019-20 season during the summer.
Managing director Derek Llambias said: “You look at the last 25 years at Newcastle and it has only known drama, from the highs to the lows.
“They worked on those glory transfers and all the dramas behind them – glory and bust, with no success.
“What was the success? It was basically, ‘I’ve signed a player!’
“That has to end. It has.
“The financial side of the club is very stable – we believe we’ve done a really good job – and the next part is the football side. We feel long-term contracts will give us success.”
Meanwhile, Fabricio Coloccini is battling to be fit for tomorrow’s game.
The club’s captain made his comeback from a hamstring injury in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United. He was given an hour-long run-out at Old Trafford and left the field with no problems.
However, the defender – who suffered the injury while on international duty with Argentina earlier this month – reported some discomfort yesterday morning and may not be risked.