Alan Pardew has talked to the press today, and has said Newcastle are in good shape.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle in good shape
And Alan was asked today about the taking down of the St. James’ Park signs by the workmen last Thursday, who used crow-bars to take those sacred black letters off the wall.
And news yesterday that twelve MPs appealed to the Newcastle United club to reconsider their decision to change the name of St. James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena, named after owner Mike Ashley’s company.
Alan was asked about the name change today, and he had this to say:
“That changed a while ago – it’s the product on the pitch that’s important.”
“They might be upset beforehand about taking the signs down, and I can understand that from a fans point of view.”
“They trust the players, and they know they’re going to get a performance out of them.” “I think we’re in good shape.”
“And it’s important that we put in a performance that justifies where we are in the division.”
“I’ll pick my best team – that’s vital now.”
Of course Pardew is not involved in the naming of St. James’ Park and his job is completely on the playing side, and he will be hoping to get the lads back on track against Wolves.
It doesn’t look like Wolves will have time to appoint a manager before the game kicks off at 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.
Assistant manager Terry Connor will be in charge of Wolves for the game, and it seems those still in with a chance to become the new Wolves manager include Steve Bruce, Ray Wilkins, Ian Holloway, Lee Clark, and Roy Keane.
Alan will be able to field a very strong side for Saturday’s game with Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor all available again, and Newcastle are still in great shape in the league with a win taking us to 45 points, which is just one point behind last season’s grand total, and we would still have 12 games to play.
As we said, we’re still in great shape in the league, and a win will surely put the smiles back on Newcastle fans’ faces, after the Tottenham mauling.
That’s what we are hoping for. 😀