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Last Two Months The Most Difficult Of My Career – Pardew

8:27 am, Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Let’s See.

    The proof of the pudding lies in the eating

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Action speaks lauder than words!

  • 3 bambams // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Well its going to get a lot harder if we dont bring in players in January………

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Demba Ba ?@dembabafoot
    I would love to see people’s nose grow like pinocchio when they lie.
    Expand

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Bambams
    Tbf its all in the board really pardews made it clear we need players in now so its up to laurel and hardy to get the deals done

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I read something in the Mag from a life long NUFC fan. Here’s a quote:

    ‘…For the first time in 40
    years we haven’t got a nutty
    Newcastle fan at the helm
    of the good ship NUFC,
    we’ve ended up with a
    businessman who actually
    supports Tottenham, who
    has a Purple player policy
    that makes no sense
    whatsoever, who has a
    value formula in relation to
    potential player acquisitions
    and who has already
    decided that the team won’t
    do anything this year so
    won’t be investing any more
    money into it.’

  • 7 bobby vee // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Last two months have been the hardest! You aint seen nothing yet Pards, wait until January, God knows what
    MA has in store for you!




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