Alan Pardew has made quite a few statements today pertaining to Mike Ashley and the running, or lack thereof, of the Newcastle club.
Ashley and LLambias – have made mistakes on Tyneside – big ones
Pardew is a good communicator, and speaks every day to the local Newcastle press, but we wish either Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias were as forthcoming as Alan is.
But their policy is not to speak to the Newcastle fans, and that even seems to be even annoying Pardew just a little bit.
This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror today:
“They do realize they have made mistakes – Mike and Derek in particular. They want to build the club and make it the best they can under this regime.”
“My brief is to sign younger players that carry value, and have the club on stable footing.” “As a manager, and fans, we want the best team we can get. My job is to pressure Mike and Derek to give me the best opportunity they can.”
“There should be more communication,” “I am not a sound-bite for Mike or Derek. I manage here to the best of my ability.”
“In terms of the size of the club and the demands of being manager here, I have expected it. It is a difficult place to manage – we were just promoted and we want a successful year.”
“The low point has been the sale of Andy Carroll – a very difficult week – and this last period where we have had injuries, suspensions and interruptions to getting over the line. We have not relaxed – we are a bit tense. The squad have been terrific in welcoming us in.”
“If you look at the investment Spurs have put in to get to the Champions League and be in a successful position, if they get knocked out and also finish fifth, one or two of their players will be up for grabs.”
“Getting there is very difficult, but you see Birmingham winning a trophy this year, and I came close at West Ham. You can get a trophy under your belt.”
“This next period of home games gives us a great chance. Wolves, West Brom and Birmingham come here – and we get Manchester United here days after a tough FA Cup semi-final.” “It is important the mood in the stadium is important. The fans need to make the stadium as positive as they can.”
It’s interesting that Alan says he’s not a sound bite for Mike or Derek – so who is?
We just have to hope that Alan keeps up the good communication with Newcastle fans, so we get some idea as to where the club is headed, but we do have to secure our safety in the Premier League first.
Wolves will be without their star striker Kevin Doyle for anywhere from four to eight weeks after he damaged his knee ligaments, playing for Ireland last weekend.
He will be definitely be out of the Newcastle game this Saturday, so you would think Wolves will have an even more difficult time to score against Newcastle. We wish.
And news today that Wolves will get no compensation at all for the Irish FA. It turns out that England and Scotland are the only home countries who pay compensation to clubs who have their players injured while on International duty.
And that was started of course after then Chairman Freddy Shepherd pestered the English FA over compensation when Michael Owen was injured at the World Cup in Germany, back in 2006, when he injured his ACL (knee), and was out for all but the last few games of the following season.
If you remember Michael had been unavailable in the 2005-2006 season for months before the World Cup, and it seemed to many that Owen thought playing for England was more important than playing for Newcastle , who paid his ridiculously high wages of around £110K/week.
And in his first two full seasons on Tyneside, Michael appeared only 14 times for Newcastle.
Wolves on Saturday is a very important game for Newcastle, and if the lads play like they did at Stoke City, Wolves will score, but only because of Newcastle’s woeful defending.
That’s one key to the game this Saturday, that the Newcastle defense get back to their senses, and start defending as though their lives depended on it.
Certainly Newcastle’s place in the Premier League does depend on it.