Alan Pardew has admitted today that he put pressure on the Newcastle Board to get players through the door during the summer transfer window
Alan Pardew – momentum has been lost
Of course Alan was continually asked at his press conferences what the status was on bringing players into the club, and especially a top striker to replace Andy Carroll.
And in retrospect he now seems to have regretted saying he was certain a striker would come in, and that’s a mistake he also made with Andy Carroll last January by saying there was no way Andy was leaving Newcastle, and then he was gone:
“There are quotes from me saying, ‘100 per cent, we will get them in’, but I must have been asked the same question 180 times and maybe I slipped up now and again.”
“Most times, I’m pretty guarded because of the Andy Carroll situation I had here.” “That was a mistake on my part. But when you get asked hundreds of times a day, and the fans want the number nine shirt filled .”
” I now just hope we can fill it in January.” “I think it’s important that I put pressure on the board in any way I can. There is a little bit of that involved. I can say that publicly.”
But I still feel the enthusiasm we have generated at the start of the season has gone with the signing not coming in.” “I think that was very important and I’ve stressed that many, many times to Derek and owner Mike Ashley.”
“My responsibility to my players is to make sure we use this and turn it the right way around.” “It can make us stronger with the group that we’ve got.”
“I feel it’s very important I try to bring some sense back to where we are. We have got good players here and I need to make sure our fans don’t carry this burden into the games,”
“We need their backing. It’s important we don’t lose them and I’ve got to make sure the team on Monday at QPR gives a display worthy of the jersey and takes that on to Villa five days later.”
What Newcastle need and what fans want to see is to keep up the good results that the lads were getting before the transfer window closed.
Three wins and a draw in the first four games is a good start by anybody’s standards, and a win next Monday night at QPR is exactly what the doctor ordered.
We have confidence in the players and the coaching staff that they can get the win at QPR, but of course it will not be easy, but that’s exactly what the fans need.