Caretaker manager Pearson was not at all happy with the way the Newcastle team allowed Manchester United to score three of their six goals in the last five minutes on Saturday, as Newcastle crashed to their heaviest Premier League defeat ever.
Nigel Pearson – must inspire the players tomorrow night – somehow
Nigel Pearson and fellow first team coach Steve Round have been asked to do a very difficult job since Sam Allardyce was sacked, and will be uncertain of their own positions at the club, once the new manager is announced.
Pearson survived the sacking of Glenn Roeder who brought him to Newcastle, and we have always thought that Nigel is a good coach. He will need to inspire the players tomorrow night, but they also need to inspire themselves and be true professionals. For the wages they are picking up at the club, we can at least expect 100% commitment tomorrow nigh, or so you would think.
The game against Stoke will provide Emre with a rare start as both Alan Smith and Nicky Butt are starting a two match ban and are not available. Emre didnâ€™t have many chances under Big Sam as his style of play hardly suited the way Sam likes to play the game.
While there were noises earlier that Emre could leave in January, there is not way the Turkish International will be leaving Newcastle in January and indeed he will be looking forward to see who the new manager will be because he will be in the mix with Newcastle owner Ashley wanting to play attractive and attacking football. Thereâ€™s no doubt Emre has loads of skill and has always been committed to the club.
Some of the fansâ€™ frustration at Sam Allardyce was that he would play Smith in every team, in any position he had to. Even if it meant he was out of position on the right wing and Milner was on the bench. He seemed to prefer Smith to even Emre in Emreâ€™s position of central midfield â€“ enough said.
Thatâ€™s all Newcastle history now and most of us are waiting for a new era under a top manager that will help ignite the Mike Ashley era at Newcastle United. But Mike has to move quickly when he arrives back from Hong Kong today.