Freddy Shepherd has given another interview tonight, and this time he suggests the Newcastle fans have to get on with things, and start supporting the new manager Alan Pardew, who is expected to be announced tomorrow.
Alan Pardew – should be announced as Newcastle manager tomorrow
This is what Freddy Shepherd told ESPN:
“If results go the team’s way then Alan Pardew will be the best thing since sliced bread in six weeks.”
“The fans might not want him and would have wished for a big name manager, but my message is to get on over it, get on with it, and the fans have a duty to get behind their manager and their team.”
“Look, who thought Chris Hughton would have made a manager? Nobody, is my guess. They all thought he was a good coach but not a manager, and look what he’s achieved.”
“He didn’t have a new contract, he didn’t have a transfer budget, and didn’t have the ability to choose his own No. 2,” “Under those circumstances, of course it was right to sack him – because he wasn’t getting the backing.”
“However, I personally don’t think it was right to sack Chris Hughton. Not at all. He should have been given that new contract, he deserved it, he earned it, he should have had funds for new players and had the right to pick his No. 2.”
“If he had been given that at the start of the season, then I am sure he would have carried on.”
We expect Alan to be announced as the new Newcastle manager tomorrow morning, and he will in all likelihood take the training and meet with the players, and start preparing hard for the tough game against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Alan is a hands-on manager and likes to oversee the training, so we have to hope the players will give him their full backing.
As we said earlier today, it’s not Alan’s fault that the Newcastle club is in a bad way again – it’s owner Mike Ashley’s responsibility (fault) – once again.
Once Alan Pardew comes in it’s time for Newcastle fans to at least support the man, and if they cannot back owner Mike Ashley for the mistakes he keeps making, surely we can at least support the manager and the players.
Isn’t that what the fans did last summer with Chris Hughton?
And good news tonight, in that Liverpool are unlikely to risk Steven Gerrard for the game on Saturday, so hey, maybe things are going our way for a change.
All we need is a surprise win on Saturday, and things in the Newcastle garden could look a lot better come 7:30 pm on Saturday evening.
If we can win on Saturday, then I’ll be downing a few Newcastle Browns on Saturday evening – that’s for sure – and Newcastle fans could be feeling just a little bit happier – if that’s the right word – after the trials and tribulations of this past week.
Howay The Lads!!