Alan Pardew has been backed down in the betting to be sacked, from 10-1 to 3-1.
Alan Pardew – too busy building a new Newcastle side
And that’s probably because Newcastle have lost Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan this summer, both of whom are experienced players in the Premier League.
But Alan is not worried what the bookies think (good for him), and is simply concentrating on getting a good team together on Tyneside, and a decent point against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday was a solid start to the season.
Alan commented on his shortened odds:
“That is very much due to the nature of the players who have gone out the building.”
“There are people who think we will struggle and one or two pundits are predicting we will be relegated and I can see the logic in that because it is a new team.”
“The proof is going to be in 38 games time.” “I accepted the job in terms of the financial structure that they wanted to put in place. I can’t bleat and moan about it.”
“What I do have in my armory is experience. There was a period in my career where I lost some energy because I was disappointed with what had happened to me.”
“But that is back. My appetite is very strong.” “In periods of adversity is probably when I am at my strongest. This week and last week I have been very much resilient to the media and everything that has gone on.”
“And I feel that I have a fan base and a club that if I do it right over the next two or three years we can perhaps challenge the top group.”
“But we need to understand that there are financial restrictions that are going to harm us from time to time.”
If you look at the players who have left, you also have to look at which players have been brought in, and so far Newcastle have acquired five very good French-born players in Marveaux, Ba, Cabaye, Obertan and young Abeid.
While it will take a little time for them to acclimatize to the top English Premier League, the lads nevertheless made a good start on Saturday, and certainly Cabaye and Obertan both looked very good in the second half..
But Newcastle must also bring in a top striker, and that was apparent today, as Newcastle did not look at all dangerous up front until half way through the second half.
And a top left back is also required before September, now that Enrique has left, and we are assured by both Alan Pardew and Managing Director Derek Llambias that will happen.
We shall see, but there’s no reason for doom and gloom at Newcastle, especially after we take Sunderland apart next Saturday.