Alan Pardew gave his press conference for the Aston Villa game yesterday afternoon, and as usual he was upbeat and buoyed by Newcastle’s new signings, and the manager said the new arrivals this week have already lifted the spirits at Newcastle.
Even Alan Pardew couldn’t watch last Saturday
So we have forgotten the terrible sinking feeling we all had when we were beaten by Reading last Saturday – a team that had not won away from home all season – and it turns out had not scored a goal in the second half away from home all season either.
But Newcastle were so scared and lacking in confidence in that second half, that we leaked two goals in seven minutes, after Pardew had replaced the very bright Sylvian Marveaux with the very defensive James Perch after 64 minutes, and Reading knew Newcastle were trying to hold on to a slim 1-0 lead.
But you very rarely win when you try to hang onto a lead – and at home to – and sure enough we lost our 10th game in 13 league game s- an abysmal record if ever there was one.
But one good thing coming out of that pitiful defeat was Mike Ashley’s drive to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and Mike has produced four player in four days this week – to his credit – and now Alan Pardew must show that he is a good manager who wants to play good football.
But most of all Alan Pardew now has to produce some wins – quickly – with a much strengthened squad and five new players, all French have been brought in this month – and three of them are full Internationals.
With so many players now French – we have 10 French players in the first team squad - Alan was asked if he was bothered by that:
“I don’t care if I’m honest, it doesn’t bother me.” “The most important thing is good players because good players will find a way to be successful.” “I always do the same – I speak to my French players and say I will speak in English and they all need to learn English very quickly for their education and for the team.”
“We talk in English on the pitch. French dialogue can go on among themselves, but they have to understand English and understand me. One or two of them are a bit limited and need to practice.”
“It’s something we’ve had success with and, if you’ve had success, that influences French players who want to find a footing in the Premier League and a new challenge.” “We are a good club for them because we have so many Frenchmen and that obviously makes it easier to settle. That probably swayed Mapou”
” Graham Carr doesn’t speak a word of French, so it’s amazing he’s done so well there. We have very good contacts in France and I think that’s the main reason these transfers have come about. The most important thing is good players and we think the French market is a good market.”
For the record Newcastle have now signed Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haïdara, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko this month – all for around £18M – and the squad is now much stronger than it was in December.
Aston Villa were beaten 2-1 by Milwall at the Den last night, and they have gone out of both the Carling Cup and FA Cup by lower league sides – and they seem there for the taking on Tuesday night at Villa Park.
How Newcastle play in that game will tell us if we can get away form the relegation zone quickly – we hope we can – but if Alan Pardew struggles with the new recruits he has – we don’t think Mr. Ashley will let Newcastle take the drop without trying something else – like a new manager.
And Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League who have not won away from home -so it’s time to fix that one on Tuesday night.
We hope Alan Pardew shows what he’s made of – and that our lads come out fighting and play some great football on Tuesday night.
A win would be fantastic and add to the growing optimism the new signings have brought to Newcastle’s fans over the last four days – after last Saturday’s disaster.
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