The way Alan Pardew was talking when he first arrived on Tyneside, we thought Newcastle may be able to get three or four new players in during the January transfer window.
Alan Pardew – must be able to inspire his players
Following the complete humiliation of the Newcastle club yesterday, against a fourth division Stevenage team, during which the Newcastle team were both outplayed and outfought, manager Alan Pardew is turning his attention back to the transfer window.
Well that’s a lot better than talking about yesterday’s pathetic performance – that’s for sure. And just a quick thought – do our players still get paid when they didn’t turn up for the game yesterday?
Mike Ashley – it’s just a possible idea to save some money.
Alan Pardew could have done a lot better after the game than to say his players were tired – if they want to know what tired means try running a marathon (26.2 miles) and see how you feel when you hit 25 mile mark – that’s what tired is.
Not playing 3 games in a week, for heavens sake, and some of our players getting paid a ridiculous £60K for the privilege of doing it.
Tired? Please think of something else Alan – or just don’t say anything. Most Newcastle supporters actually work hard for a living – and it’s an insult to them to say the Newcastle players were tired.
Unfortunately, by saying the lads were tired because they have played so many games, introduced the idea again that football players today are nothing but a spoiled lot of softies, who’ve just had it too easy in life.
Anyway – you can see I’m none too happy with our players yesterday and the daft excuses put out for them.
Alan talked about the transfer window today:
“I certainly need one (player) but we are working on the idea that we can get two in.”
“We had no Andy Carroll, no Shola Ameobi,our two top strikers, and we didn’t retain the ball up top at all well.”
“That was a problem for us. Fingers crossed that at least one of those, if not both of those, are back next week and that we add to the squad too.”
“This competition was important to us. I have tried to focus on that with the players and get them to understand what this was about.”
“They had a grasp of it but we just didn’t have the energy to deal with it. That’s the truth of it.”
That comment doesn’t say too much for the futures of Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best at Newcastle, does it?
The truth about yesterday is that Stevenage simply outfought the Newcastle side, and didn’t look like a lot of them even wanted to play in the game.
And that’s what had got us very worried, because it reminded us of the relegation season when we would go a goal down, and then it was almost guaranteed the other team would win the game, because some of the lads, not all mind you, would give up.
Yesterday was a game like that – what reaction did we see after going 2-0 down – that’s right – no reaction whatsoever – and that’s what so worrying.
It’s far too early to judge Alan Pardew as a manager at Newcastle, and it’s unfair to lay the blame at his feet for yesterday’s results – it’s the players we are simply furious with, because of the lack of effort.
When Chris Hughton put out a side, you just knew the lads would fight to the death, even if they were beaten, it was because of the way they played and not the effort – which they always put in – always!.
It may have just been one of those days yesterday, but in Alan’s 6th game in charge the lads gave up and a bunch of them looked timid and scared.
And in Pardew’s 6th game in charge he managed a Newcastle side to a result that will now live in the history of Newcastle United – and not because it was a good result.
When the FA Cup comes up each year, Newcastle supporters will now not only think of a certain Hereford United, but Stevenage will also come up – and the memories of an all too willing surrender.
Oh, and one last thing, but very important, we expect every one of our players to sleep for the next three days – that’s an order.
So whatever happens at Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, tiredness will never even be mentioned as an excuse.
Comments and any alternative sleep plans for our players are welcome.