We’ve noticed a big increase in the adverse criticism of Alan Pardew since the defeat to West Ham on Sunday – and he should have done this – and he should not play 4-4-2, and he should have brought on other subs at different times – and all that stuff – but that’s all part of the rather difficult job of being a top class football manager these days in England.
Newcastle are not doing well – therefore Alan Pardew is taking the heat
Whenever a team goes through a bad patch the first person to take the blame is the manager, and as Graeme Souness used to say – it just takes two successive defeats and Newcastle will be in crisis mode.
But the Newcastle hierarchy have tried to stabilize the club over the last few years, and Alan Pardew and his staff will be given the leeway, as well as masses of time to get it right, and hopefully have Newcastle in the top six on a consistent basis in the seasons ahead.
We’re sure that’s what the target is, and yes, we haven’t done too well so far this season, but we’ve also lost some key players to injury and suspension – such as Colo, Krul and Tiote – and Papiss Cisse hasn’t looked half the player he was earlier this year.
Our view is that the tactics part of the game is way over-rated and always has been – and we tend to agree with what Brian Cough used to say – and he wasn’t too bad a manager either, winning the European Cup two seasons in a row with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980.
This is what Brian thought about tactics:
“Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.”
And Bobby Robson was much like Brian – in that his special skill was to inspire the players to play at their very best – and both managers were successful at getting the best out of the players they had available – and that’s the measure of a true coach.
We think Alan Pardew is a fine manager and of course he won the LMA Manager of the Year award and the Premier League Manager of the Year award last season – and good managers are like good players – they don’t suddenly go bad overnight.
Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson have received their fair share of criticism in their terrifically successful careers, and it’s not surprising Alan is getting some heat, after our defeat on Sunday.
Alan knows what’s needed now is to put in a fine performance against Swansea City next Saturday afternoon – and win that game – and we can start to turn things around.
It’s simple really.
Howay The Lads!!
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