Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will find out this week that he has a lot of work to do in the next five games, if he is to repair the damage done to his reputation at Newcastle, after his team lost to Sunderland at home for the first time in 13 years, and by the biggest margin since we lost 4-1 at home way back in 1979.
Alan Pardew – under pressure
It probably shouldn’t be like this but how Newcastle teams do against Sunderland matter a lot, and to lose 3-0 has completely embarrassed Newcastle fans, who were simply humiliated on Sunday afternoon.
And it’s not enough that the referee had a terrible game and all that, but the Sunderland payers wanted it more than Newcastle, and that’s simply unacceptable.
So fans will be watching to see how the lads play in the last five games of the season, and especially at West Brom on Sunday afternoon because Alan did himself no favors at all on Sunday, and also after the game with his comments about players being tired.
It’s all in the mind and I remember in the marathons I ran in the 1980s I always sprinted the last 100 yards, even though they are that hardest thing I’ve ever done, and that’s simply meant as an illustration that tiredness is all in the mind – and that sometimes I can be an idiot. 😀
Alan has talked to the local press today:
“We certainly can do a week’s work with Hatem and Debuchy, who had his first game (back from injury.”
“And Cheik, we’ll do more work with him.” “We’ll give a rest to some of the other guys,”
“Certainly, Thursday and Friday we’ll be working on team shape, because our shape wasn’t right. It was a little bit loose – we can’t have that.”
A number of our players did look poor on Sunday, and in particular the captain for the day Yohan Cabaye, and Moussa Sissoko – two od our best players who haven’t had the impact over the last few games.
But tiredness is not an excuse that can be used in any of the last five games of the season, and we still need at least 6 points to get to safety.
Alan Pardew needs to use those five games to rehabilitated himself as the Newcastle manager, after the worst Newcastle loss to Sunderland in 34 years, and that after Sunderland had lost six and drawn three of their previous nine league games.
It’s not good enough.
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