Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has told the press of his admiration for rival boss Arsene Wenger, who he will line his side up against at the weekend.
Newcastle travel to the Emirates on Saturday evening as they hope to build on their 2-1 win against previously unbeaten side Chelsea last weekend.
The Magpies manager has been on the wrong end of heavy criticism this season, although his fans are full of praise for him following a spectacular run of form, which has seen them climb up to seventh in the Premier League table, despite failing to win any of their opening seven matches.
Pardew has come out to defend his weekend’s opponents boss, and express his desgust at the treatment bestowed on him by angry Gunners fans.
He said: “This is a guy that’s done an unbelievable job, and in some ways the stadium should be named after him. If he hadn’t been as astute in the transfer market as he’s been they couldn’t have competed in the Champions League with that stadium debt.
“He’s done an absolutely marvellous job. He’s had a couple of difficult results recently, but Arsene has those as every manager does. He’ll get through it.
“His treatment in that train station was was total disrespect, and I’m sure every Arsenal fan was ashamed of that. They may be looking to put that right on Saturday night.”
Some fans have been rather harsh on our long-standing boss at present, but it is because our club has instilled such passion in us that sometimes we over-react at the bad. We want what is best for our club, and we want to win trophies.
I do believe that Wenger has failed to build a side worthy of competing for the Premier League and Champions League trophies in recent seasons, but with the Emirates now paid off in full, we should allow him two seasons to show us he is still the man for the job.