It’s two years since Alan Pardew took over the Newcastle manager job from the sacked Chris Hughton, and in some interviews out today, the Londoner has admitted that the last two months at Newcastle have been the hardest of his management career.
Alan Pardew – training in the snow last week
Newcastle lost four league game on the trot until that ugly streak was broken last Monday night with a nice 3-0 win against a 10 man Wigan side, but after yesterday’s games, Newcastle are still only 4 points above the drop zone and 3rd bottom Sunderland, who lost again yesterday 3-1 at home to Chelsea.
We are at Craven Cottage tomorrow night, but we have some tough games upcoming with Manchester City our next home game, then we are at Manchester United on Boxing Day and home to Arsenal three days later.
This is what Alan said about his recent tenure at Newcastle:
“The last two months have been as difficult as I have known as a manager.” “This is a critical period, from now until January. I do feel after January this team is definitely going to be stronger.”
“But we are going to lose Cheick, we have obviously lost Cabaye, we have lost Steven Taylor and we have got some big teams coming, big clubs, bigger clubs than us – and there aren’t many that are bigger than us.”
“It will be a real test in the next two months. We have got to really nail ourselves down and get as many points as we can and see where we are.” “We are not actually too far away from that fifth, sixth place – probably the same as we are from the relegation zone.”
“That’s where our season is right now.” “This is undoubtedly a critical period for us from now until January 1st. I do feel that after January this team is definitely going to be stronger.” “But before that we have a real test in the next few games.”
“We really have to concentrate and get as many points as we can and then see where we are.”
While Newcastle are four points above the drop zone we are now 7 points behind 6th placed Arsenal who beat West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates yesterday – but we have a game in hand.
If we are to move up that league table then wins is what we need – and hopefully we can get all 3 points tomorrow night at Craven Cottage – that has to be the goal.
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