Alan Pardew has revealed in the local press today that Newcastle have called off their Christmas party out of respect to Newcastle fans, who are more than a little worried about the club’s position in the league table at the moment.
Alan Pardew – cancelled Christmas party for the players
Newcastle are now just two points above the relegation zone, with four tough games coming up through January 2nd – and Alan Pardew has said he will keep the players completely focused on turning this terrible run of form around.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today:
“It’s out of respect to our fans, and what we’ve served them this year.” “There’s no party for us, and the same for the staff. That’s how it should be.” “Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we’re together.”
“And we’re fighting and trying to put it right. The fans have to realise this isn’t just a game to us – it’s our livelihoods and our profession. It pays our bills.” “Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans who pay good money to come and watch.”
“Looking at all those factors – we’ve not done enough this year.” “That’s why I think it’s right we called it off.”
Newcastle are in a very poor position at the moment, with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor not due back until early February, and Ben Arfa out until next year, and there’s news that Demba Ba could leave us next month too.
So it’s indeed a worrying time for the club, and the last thing we want this season is another relegation fight.
We couldn’t care less about Europe or the FA Cup, if it means Newcastle will be in relegation trouble this season, and the sooner we can get out of the hole we have dug for ourselves, the better things will be on Tyneside.
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