After the terrible performance this afternoon by Newcastle, on retrospect the side ill prepared for this game, and we didn’t look like a team through much of today’s game.
Alan Pardew - must turn things around soon
And that does not reflect well on Alan Pardew and the coaches, but they will be given time to turn things around – but not too much time, and we would think Alan’s got to get Newcastle winning in the next six league games.
But when there’s just say 10 league games to go and we have our top players back playing ans we still cannot win then we don’t think Mike Ashley will stand idly by and watch Newcastle get relegated for the second time in four years.
We keep saying once we get players like Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye back we should be OK, and there’s a chance both could be back for the Norwich game as Alan Pardew said this after today’s dismal performance:
“Colo and Papiss missed out with knocks today, one had a slight hamstring and one had a slight thigh – you can’t take risks with them.” For Norwich though they should be OK. Hopefully Gutierrez will be back, maybe Cabaye, maybe Steven Taylor”.
So we do expect Mathieu Debuchy, Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez to be back – with an outside chance that Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye could be back - although they could possible start on the bench at Carrow Road.
But another defeat at Norwich will have Ashley and LLambias at least start thinking about who may be available if Alan Pardew cannot get us out of this terrible slump we are in – and we’ve won two and lost eleven of our last 16 games in all competitions.
Roberto Di Matteo is probably a manager who could be tapped – but only after Alan is given time to turn this disaster around, and a reason for that is that Ashley and LLambias have to take some responsibility for not strengthening the squad last summer.
And we’re sure Ashley and LLambais would be loathe to change managers, because there is a huge cost that comes with that – as we saw when Freddy Shepherd was running the club for 10 years from 1997.
But Alan Pardew did himself no good today – with a shambolic performance from the Newcastle side.
What do you think?
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