When Allardyce was sacked by Newcastle United last week, Nigel Pearson was asked to take charge of the team. Since then he has the pain of a 6-0 defeat under his belt, and he’s not too happy about that.
Nigel Pearson – in charge of the team again tonight
Nigel said today:
â€œIâ€™ve done this before and possibly that helps me deal with a difficult situation, but I would like to say I donâ€™t enjoy it and wouldnâ€™t choose itâ€
â€œUltimately, it means my boss has been removed, which I take no pleasure from. ” “It is not easy, but it is a responsibility that needs to be addressed. I take that on because it needs to be done.”
“All I would say is that the situation being resolved, sooner rather than later, is in everyoneâ€™s interest. Itâ€™s not about me, itâ€™s about making sure the club recovers.â€
Pearson was stung by the capitulation of the Newcastle players in the second half at Old Trafford last Saturday. A repeat of that performance just cannot happen tonight â€“ itâ€™s the disaster scenario. But itâ€™s not just up to Nigel to ensure that â€“ but the players themselves. Those are the guys at the club who earn those huge wages. Letâ€™s be honest here, most of them have hardly deserved their wages this season â€“ at least so far.
â€œAfter Saturday, our professional integrity has to be called into question,â€. â€œNobody likes to be on the receiving end of that sort of result, it hurts.â€ â€œPreparation was very difficult because of what happened. It affects the players in different ways and I donâ€™t want to elaborate on that, but it makes everyone unclear on where theyâ€™re at.”
“Although weâ€™d suffered a spell of games where things werenâ€™t going our way, the spirit was very good, there is no question about that.â€ â€œThe events of last week came as a surprise to us all and it had an effect on everyone because there are a lot of uncertain people here now, people who donâ€™t know whether they will still have a job, players and staff.â€
â€œAll I would like to say is that the emphasis this week is to make sure, when we take the field against Stoke, we get a good performance. The bottom line is getting into the next round of the cup, even if the situation we are in doesnâ€™t make it easy.” “We have to be professional; itâ€™s about being a professional footballer.â€
This is an uncomfortable time for everyone associated with the club, but Nigel has the very difficult job of making sure everyone is focused on beating Stoke tonight. Nigel continued about the manager selection process ongoing at the club:
â€œMy views on the matter are irrelevant,â€ â€œI have no idea whoâ€™s coming in, theyâ€™ll have their own ideas about that which have nothing to do with me.” “They havenâ€™t asked me for my opinion or given me any indication as to how long it will be before an appointment is made.â€
â€œ Whatever my feelings are on my future are basically irrelevant. I know it sounds blunt, but Iâ€™m not even at this moment in time thinking about that. Itâ€™s about getting through this next period which is the game against Stoke and perhaps Bolton at the weekend.â€
â€œA timescale has not been spoken about. Itâ€™s in everyoneâ€™s interest to be as soon as possible, whether itâ€™s before the weekend or not, I donâ€™t know, but it would be beneficial.” ” A couple of months? I would expect it to happen quicker than that. It needs to. Thereâ€™s no point giving you false answers.”
“Thereâ€™s a number of names being bandied about. I canâ€™t give you any idea on how accurate that is, or who is in the frame.” “Thatâ€™s not my concern. My concern is the staff and players.” â€œItâ€™s not right to share my views on who would be the appropriate candidate. Regardless of my feelings on the whole episode, I have to be neutral as possible.â€
Nigel is a good man and a very good football coach. But he cannot feel sorry for himself tonight, or let the players feel sorry for themselves – because of the current situation at the club.
Their job tonight is to be professional, and get Newcastle through to the next round of the FA Cup. After Saturday’s disaster,Â the payers owe the fans a win – and every Newcastle fan is expecting they can do just that – with no excuses.