It’s really difficult being the manager of Newcastle United when the team gets smashed 5-0.
Cheick Tiote – will be back again in Newcastle colors
But that’s what happened to Alan Pardew and Newcastle on Saturday, but we thought Alan after the game showed a bit of class.
He made a special point of going over to the fans who had made the long journey down to London, and thanked them for their support.
It would have been very easy for them to have turned on the team when we were being slaughtered 4-0 in that first half, and that happened with other fans sometimes.
But they stayed behind Newcastle, and the Magpies’ manager was really thankful for that.
And when Alan was interviewed by nufcTV immediately after the game, he looked a bit dazed, and he blamed himself for playing too attacking a formation against a very good side.
This is what Alan told to local press today:
“It was a tough day for a fan and they could easily have turned their back on us,” “We could also have turned our backs on each other to a degree. One or two could have pointed fingers and blamed each other.”
“We talked about that at half-time and stuck together and I think the fans probably recognized that we needed to do that. I went over to thank them for sticking with us.”
I’ve always thought the fans who travel to the away games to support the lads are Newcastle heroes, because they go out of their way to support the side.
It’s something my father did in the 1950s and I still remember that wooden rattle he had – painted in black and white stripes of course – and what a real racket it made – at least in our home in Evistones Gardens.
It’s something my brother Rod remembers well too.
The traveling fans give Newcastle such a good name when they attend the away games and show the tremendous fan support Newcastle have always enjoyed.
Alan Pardew and the players know they will need to produce a performance against Wolves in the next game, to at least make up for the terrible loss and performance at White Hart Lane.
All we want to see a week on Saturday, is a strong and passionate display from the Newcastle players, and of course all 3 points.
Some goals would also help our goal difference, which is at zero at the moment.
And we have a decent idea what the team could be with Cabaye, Tiote and Ryan Taylor all available again:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Still no room for Ben Arfa, but that’s not a bad starting line-up at all – what would your team be against Wolves?