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    cotswoldsaint wrote:
    The Echo is a little bit in love with Pardew it would seem, based on the number of pro-AP articles its reporters have produced lately. I can only assume it's because he'll talk to them when others won't. Perhaps they need to work harder developing better contacts with those in the know at Saints, then we might get some interesting stories.
    Still, nice to know Schneiderlin appreciates Pardew's input earlier in his career. He seems like a really nice guy and a good ambassador for the Saints. Surely can't be too long before he gets a deserved international call-up.
    I don't think the Echo is "in love" with Pardew. I think it's just that the Echo got to speak to Pards and Spidey on Sunday and they're making stories from those interviews last several days.

    In an age of austerity you have to admire this."
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Schneiderlin: My debt to Pardew

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN

MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted his debt of gratitude to former boss Alan Pardew after agreeing terms on a new four-year contract.

The French midfielder, who has been in superb form for Saints since their return to the Premier League, revealed it was Pardew who added the defensive skills to his natural passing game that has made him the player he is today.

Schneiderlin who this week penned a deal to keep him at St Mary’s until 2017, was once nicknamed ‘ZZ’ by former coach Dean Wilkins, who likened the midfielder’s talents to those of French legend Zinedine Zidane.

Now, though, Schneiderlin has adapted his game, making him one of the most under-rated players in the top flight – and thanks Pardew for doing that.

“He was the one saying to me to improve on my defensive skills,” he said.

“He was the one who was telling me ‘come on, you need more tackling.’ “So, thanks go to him and his words every day saying that to me.”

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