It’s becoming too obvious that Newcastle just don’t have the strength in depth that we need to survive in the Premier League this season.
Alan Pardew – has a job on his hands now
While Newcastle did well in the first half yesterday at White Hart Lane, the extra class that Spurs showed in the second half, even after the London side were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Kaboul who stupidly head-butted Cheick Tiote, was just too much for the Magpies.
So the good news yesterday, and there wasn’t too much of that – is that it should have showed the powers that be at Newcastle – translation – Mike Ashley – that we need more top players in the squad or else we are going to struggle with relegation this season, and too soon for comfort.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“In the three games I’ve been here that is the least quality we’ve shown. I think it’s evident that we could do with a couple of additions,”
“On its day, we have a team that can compete with anyone, we’ve proved that against some of the top teams in this division. But is there that competition and quality in all areas when other players have to come in?”
“I thought James Perch did terrific at left-back, but he isn’t naturally left-footed; we maybe lacked a little bit of balance down that left-hand side.”
“We couldn’t get Jonas in the game as much as we would have liked, and little things like that make a difference. We are looking at the market, and hopefully we can bring someone in.”
“You can only stop looking over your shoulder when you win. That’s the mentality. When you win you look upwards; when you lose you look backwards. “That’s the tendency, but we’ve got three really tough games out of the way and we’ve taken three points from them.”
It’s interesting that many experienced managers – like Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa, Avram Grant at West Ham and Mark Hughes at Fulham are struggling with their teams this season.
So it was even more puzzling why Newcastle owner Mike Ashley decided to sack Chris Hughton because of his lack of experience. It seems that he fixed something that simply was not broken – and if Newcastle now go plummeting – we know who to thank – again!
There’s nothing wrong with billionaires buying football clubs, but what is wrong is when they then try to run the clubs themselves, when they don;t know one thing about the game.
Unfortunately that’s what Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle, and rather than bring in a football man as Chairman, he has his pal Derek LLambias trying to do that – and it shows.
It’s clear that Alan Pardew will have to arrest the slide of Newcastle quickly, or else we’ll be in some trouble this season, but that can all be put to bed with two wins in our next two games against Wigan and West Ham – teams we should be beating.
But poor results in those games would not be good, and we hope Alan can put things right sooner rather than later.
And we look to the players to keep their spirits up, as they have for the last 18 months, and grind out some good results – especially against the weaker sides in the Premier League.
But it’s always dangerous to change a manager in mid-season, because he has different ideas and the team starts to play differently – and it takes time for the players to adjust to that.
But Pardew has come across very well so far, and we’ll support him 100% to get things back on track – and it would only take a couple or three good results to do exactly that.
A win next Sunday at Wigan would be a very good start.