Newcastle got a massive 3 points at home to a 10 man Wigan side on Monday night, and that was a fantastic result for the club and a good performance, and lifted some of the dark clouds that had gathered over the club in the previous four league games – all of which we had lost – and we had just a single point from our last five league games.
Alan Pardew – tough run of results for Newcastle
And although there have been calls from a minority of fans calling for the axing of Alan Pardew, most fans understand that when you lose something like nine players from your first team squad – any club will suffer.
And most of the responsibility for Newcastle’s plight has been placed at the door of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, who failed to strengthen the squad sufficiently in the summer.
Pardew and his staff are on an eight year contract at the club, and Alan has given an interview to the BBC in which he talks about managing Newcastle:
“In a big footballing city like this, it’s not easy to stand tall after four defeats.” “It was a massive victory for us against Wigan, and I am very proud of my staff and my players.”
“The passion is difficult to put into words.” “I’ve seen grown men getting their groceries with their full kit on, socks and everything.” “But that is your fuel. That passion comes down from the stands, it has been a great weapon for me. If you are a football person this is the city you want to work in.”
“One or two have said that I’m an adopted Geordie – but as a manager you just want respect. I think I have earned that.” “It is a unique contract.” “Mike Ashley wanted and felt I was the manager for him. And he felt that things had gone well, although, of course, the pressure is on to continue that.”
To be a real adopted Geordie Alan must work on how he pronounces Newcastle – and then no R in that name.
Newcastle have come through a mini-crisis, and now we have 4 points from the last 6 league games, and we need to improve on that at Craven Cottage on Monday night – a win would be nice – and 7 points from the last 7 league games would be so much better.
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