Blackburn supporters are going to protest tonight against their under-fire manager Steve Kean.
Under fire Blackburn manager Steve Kean
Newcastle are still unbeaten in 11 games this season, but this will be a tough test for the Magpies, and we expect a tough game from Blackburn at Ewood Park.
Steve Kean gets a lot of sympathy from the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and that’s because the Newcastle manager has experienced similar situations at both West Ham United and Charlton Athletic, and Alan thinks it’s not a good position for any manager to be in.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the Blackburn situation:
“What Steve is experiencing right now is damaging, very damaging,” “I’ve had it myself at West Ham, at times when we were trying to get out of the Championship, and I also had it at Charlton.”
“It’s very, very difficult and very testing on the manager. It affects everyone at the club because you get a different reaction from your staff than you do when everything’s going well. You have to be strong enough to deal with it all.”
“As a manager, you don’t want to hear your fellow managers get stick. If the home fans are having a go at Steve, perhaps it might help us, but I try not to look at it that way.”
“I believe we can win the game without the need for that. I’m not saying it wouldn’t assist us, but it’s dangerous to assume.”
“Steve’s a good person, he understands the game, and he’s been around some good people including Chris Coleman, who is a good friend of mine.”
“He’s had some good clubs and he knows the game. But like anything when you start in management, you need a good start, and he has never really got over that testing start so it’s difficult for him at the moment.”
“He’s a battler and a fighter and will come out fighting on Wednesday.”
We don’t think that Alan Pardew will make the wholesale changes to the side that he made for the last round at Nottingham Forest last month, and at most four or perhaps five players will be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game.
We do think Davide Santon, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will get definite starts along with Peter Lovenkrands and possibly Danny Guthrie, and those are the players who could come in and not weaken the side much at all.
We wouldn’t expect Steven Taylor to start the game with his broken nose, but the news last night was that Steven is ready to play in a protective mask tonight.
Shola Ameobi is out for six weeks, after suffering yet another hamstring injury in the game against Wigan on Saturday, but we do expect his younger brother, Sammy, to be on the bench and the 19 year-old could see some action in the second half.