There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew lost support among some Newcastle fans over those last 30 minutes of the game with Reading on Saturday – which we ended up losing – but still remain only 5th bottom of the league table.
Alan Pardew – Reading just scored
The Newcastle manager has admitted to making errors in his substitutions against Reading, and it cost us all 3 points against a side who are now only 2 points behind us and who had previously been in the bottom two all season.
But Pardew is showing some courage, fortitude and some guts too, as he has said today he is more determined than ever to turn things around at Newcastle.
This is what he said in the local press today:
“None of it will deter me – if anything all of this makes me more determined to succeed with Newcastle.” “I will take the criticism from the fans. That is part of the job at Newcastle – I have to accept it.” “And I’m certainly not going to ignore it.”
“Once we get our best players on the pitch and fully fit again – and sign new players – I am confident we can get out of it.” “They are frustrated with the team and frustrated with me. But I can promise we will emerge stronger for it.”
“I can handle the situation. And I am determined to get it right.” “Those rumors (about getting the sack) are way off the mark. We are here to get it right.”
We hope Alan Pardew can turn it around with upcoming games next Wednesday and Saturday at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea respectively – and these are now two massive games for Newcastle.
We think Mike Ashley has been extremely patient with the manager through almost three months of more than trying times – but if we lose the next two games – it’s hard to believe the owner would stick with Pardew for too long after that .
Especially if that means having to drop down to the Championship again for the second time in four short years.
I’d be very happy if we just survive this season – and with the number of players we could get in this month – Newcastle will then have a clear-out of players this summer, and we think we could be in great shape to take another crack at a top six place next season.
But first of all we have to stay up – that’s all that matters right now.
Howay The Lads!!
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