Smooth Handover

Trevor Brooking says there will be a smooth transition from his stewardship to when Alan Pardew takes over after the Burnley game.

Trevor will be in charge for that match as well as the Norwich game next week, and he explains:

"It is just the way the ruling was put at the time that he can't come in until the 18th - and I can understand from Alan's point of view that it is slightly difficult just to turn up on a match day and say 'hello lads, this is how we want you to play'.

"You would have liked him to have had Thursday and Friday on the training ground but that is not how it has been set up from the ruling and we don't want to jeopardise it late on.

"So I don't mind taking the Burnley one as the last game; Alan will come along and watch with his family and hopefully get the feel and the atmosphere of the place.

"I am sure the fans and everyone will give him a great welcome and then he has a great opportunity to get into the training on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the game against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

"It has actually worked out really well because I can go back to my day job for Radio 5 and see Arsenal playing in Ukraine in the Champions' League on the Tuesday.

"It is the ideal transition, and all I want now is to try to give him a couple of results against Norwich and Burnley so he can take it on from there.

"I wouldn't know exactly how he must feel but once the decision is taken the sooner it happens for everyone the better.

"Alan must be frustrated, though, because he is a very enthusiastic individual and I am sure he just wants to get on and do his best for us.

"It is drawing close now and the main thing is that we give him the opportunity to be within touching distance of those top few.

"Then the players and fans need to give him 100% support to move us on for the rest of the season and give it our best go.

"I am sure he has been looking at videos but he knows the division anyway and there is no substitute for just getting on with it and getting involved.

"I am sure he will be delighted when he can get on with actually doing the job."

With a total of 29 points from a possible 36 in his two stints in charge, he has an 81.6% success ratio - not bad by anyone's standards!