Alan Pardew faced the press yesterday, and again he had to answer for the actions of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, whom fans hardly ever hear from.
Alan Pardew – speaks for the Board – again
We know Alan isn’t the most liked manager ever at Newcastle, but we have to give him credit for the courage he displays in these press conferences, when he is put in rather difficult situations by the non-appearance of Derek LLambias.
It seems Alan has to not only talk for the Board but to also justify what they have done too – a difficult task indeed sometimes.
Alan did the best he could yesterday, but really shouldn’t have to answer some of the questions thrown at him, but he did that again yesterday afternoon, so what’s new.
Things have got out of hand this week with the Joey Barton affair, and Pardew is rightly trying to get things back on track, and he had this to say yesterday:
“I don’t think chaos is the right term that I would like to use at any football club and I’m certainly not going to agree to that.”
“But are we having a difficult week? Yes.” “Are we having a situation where we need to get our fans in a better place? Yes.”
“Does the team need to improve on the pitch? Yes.” “I think that’s where we are.” “I think we’ve been disrupted heavily by two or three things this pre-season.”
“Perhaps they could have been avoided, I wouldn’t disagree with that,” “The issue I have is that I have to work with the group that I’ve got.” “The fitness of the players I’ve got is higher than we had last year – they’re at a better level.”
“We’ve lost three players to impact injuries – Guthrie, Ferguson, Ben Arfa – which has disrupted us, we can’t get away from that. But it happens.”
“And it’ll have happened at other clubs. As a manager you have to accept it and move on. We’ve had a tour of America which I thought was very very useful in terms of the games.”
“They were tough. Some of those internal flights weren’t ideal, something we should have done better.” “The visa problem with Joey we kind of foresaw, with Yohan Cabaye we didn’t. That could have gone better for us, because we really wanted him over there.
“And then we’ve had this situation which really stems from past history and Joey not getting a new contract.” “No, it hasn’t been the most perfect pre-season – but I’ve had pre-seasons like this before, where it hasn’t gone right”
“We’ve lost games and there’s kind of been a bad feeling and then we’ve kicked off the season and it’s been okay and we’re off and running.”
It’s good to hear the lads are fitter than last season, and Newcastle do have a game tomorrow, in case fans had forgotten, and it will be a good test for them against Fiorentina at St. James’ Park.
We don’t expect Joey Barton to take part, but you can never tell.
But the starting line=up will tell us what the first team will probably look like in eight days time, when Newcastle kick off the season against Arsenal, which will be a tough game
We hope things can now settle down, and the team can give a very good showing tomorrow afternoon, and they know they owe that to the Newcastle fans.
Howay the Lads!!