If Newcastle are going to get back as one of the top football clubs in England then we have to get used to playing midweek games in European competition, something Manchester United do all the time. At Arsenal the manager Arsene Wenger, although he gets criticized all the time in the press, has always had Arsenal in the Champions League, and he’s managed to have Arsenal finish in the top four, ever since he took over at the famous London club in 1996.
Alan Pardew – coming to grips with being in the big time
That’s not too bad a record for any manager, and Arsene is one of the very best of course, and his management record at the Gunners is played 915 games, won 522, drawn 218, and lost only 175 for a win percentage of 57.05 and a loss percentage of only 19 – not too bad.
Newcastle are struggling just a little bit this season from having so many more games, and European games in mid-week, which every top club has to play, and it’s had some negative effects on Newcastle’s play so far this season.
Alan Pardew talked about it yesterday:
“We’ve actually been able to do some work with the team, and we’ve sorely missed that.” “Although we’ve been getting decent results, we’ve been grappling with the rhythm and passing options in the team.”
“Hopefully, we will have a bit more fluidity in our play and cause Liverpool problems.” “It’s been tough because, last season, we tended to go from one week to the next and had a week’s preparation while other teams were playing midweek matches.”
“That meant we had a slight advantage, and we were bringing that home.” “This time around, we have the pressures of a big club, playing midweek European fixtures.” “It’s nice, don’t get me wrong.” I’m not complaining, but it’s different and we’re having to get to grips with it.”
It’s an important game at Liverpool tomorrow (aren’t they all) and a win will see Newcastle get 7 points from three tough games, since we were whacked by Manchester United 3-0 at St. James’ Park.
We really need to start winning again, and draws are not much use, so we hope the lads can pick up another 3 points at Anfield tomorrow, and that would be agreat result for the club.
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