Been a little negative this morning, but I had to get some things off my chest, but now we have to turn our attention to the Newcastle players and the game tonight, which of course is all important.
Alan Pardew – challenges Newcastle players
Just think, if the lads can win their next 3 games things will be flying again on Tyneside, and don’t forget we have 8 points form our 4 league games so far this season (without Andy) and we’ve been unlucky too!
And news today that Alan Pardew, whose had a difficult last three days at Newcastle, to say the least, is fully expecting the lads to go out at Craven Cottage tonight and prove there is life at Newcastle United after Andy Carroll.
This is what Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’re professional and we will do a professional job.” “I am employed here as a football manager.”
“I go out and do the best job I can and so do the players.” “Were we buoyant and happy and smiling? No.”
“Did I see a little streak in us and that we want to show he’s not a loss to us? Yes.”
“They know what they have to do. They must be fools if they don’t know that Andy going is an opportunity for them.”
“Opportunity comes in certain paths, and we need everybody to come to the fore.”
Alan has already confessed that the mood yesterday during training at the Benton Training grounds was not great – there was disillusionment all around – as the players themselves will have been disappointed and shocked that one of their own had left the club, or been sold by the club – or whatever.
“The mood wasn’t great, but it’s about us and seeing if we are strong enough.“ “We wish Andy all the best, but we need to see this season through and get the best possible finish.
“Then we rebuild in the summer.” “There is disillusionment in everybody.” “From the masseur to our best player – you can’t hide it.”
“Liverpool have gained Suarez and Carroll, Chelsea have gained Torres and we haven’t gained a striker in the process.”
“The reaction time was too short to get somebody good enough and that’s what it’s about – getting somebody good enough.”
“That’s been made clear by Mike Ashley.” “This club only got relegated two years ago and finances have to be in order.”
“I think he’s made it clear.” “We’re going to have to replace Andy with two or three. In other areas we’re weak.”
And it was clear in yesterday’s news conference that Alan wanted no animosity to exist between Andy Carroll and himself, or Andy and the club, and he went out of his way to make that point very clear during the press conference.
And he has reiterated that sentiment today:
“My final words to him were such that he knew I didn’t want him to go. I think I made that clear to him.
“I sold Darren Bent when I was at Charlton and I’m good friends with him still. I hope I’m good friends with Andy next time I see him.”
We need a win tonight, that’s the only thing that really matters right now.
Howay The Lads!!