It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley will open the check book in January, to help Alan Pardew participate in two leagues this season – the Premier League and the Europa League, which seems to have taken a big toll on our players so far this term.
Mike Ashley – will he help Alan out in January?
Alan Pardew was asked if Mike Ashley will help him bring in new players in January, and Alan dismissed that, as he concentrates on the task at hand, and getting Newcastle out of their slump before it becomes even more serious:
“There is nothing I can do until January anyway. We just have to get on with it.” “Since I have been here it is our first time we have had a difficult spell.” “So we have to keep our heads.”
“We know we have to get it out there. That is the problem I have had.” “Apart from Sunderland away I have not had a full squad to pick from.” “There’s no doubt about that, the squad is being pushed to the limit.”
“That is why we have a squad and we had a very young bench.” “You look around and those boys should be playing in the reserves and gaining experience, but we are asking them to do a job.”
“We have Maritimo on Thursday and that is a tough game for us after two defeats now. We have to get a win there.”
The good news is that both Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will return to the squad on Thursday, and that will give Newcastle that extra experience on the field that was missing on Saturday.
A win would be good on Thursday night and see us through to the last 32 in the Europa League, but we have to get something out of our trip to Southampton next Sunday, and they are second bottom of the league table with only 8 points from their 12 league games so far.
We cannot even imagine another defeat.
I wish I hadn’t even mentioned that.
Whether Mike Ashley will give Alan Pardew some support, by opening his check book and bringing in up to three good players in January – remains to be seen.
We hope it happens, because we are not even one third through the season, and we still have lots of time to climb the table.
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