After the disaster on Sunday we could have guessed that when the players returned to training today we would hear talk that it’s time to restore the Geordie pride, after it was harpooned and almost killed on Sunday.
Alan Pardew will now be under considerable pressure
That must be the mission of Alan Pardew and the Newcastle players in the last five weeks of the season, but after the worst defeat in 34 years on Sunday – and at home too – and against a Sunderland side who had only 3 points in the previous 27 they had contested that will not be easy – by any means.
This is some of what Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Next year we have to prove that we’re a bigger and better club.” “That’s in terms of our Premier League position by finishing well above them. “
“That’s what we are going to try to do next year.” “But first we’ve got to make sure we play well in the last five games with good, solid performances.”
We wouldn’t talk too much about next season until we’re mathematically sure we will be in the Premier League next season, because anything can happen with just five games to go, and Newcastle simply pathetic against the Black Cats.
After the complete humiliation and shame of Sunday’s defeat, there will still be 3,000 faithful Geordies travelling to West Brom on Saturday to support the lads, and great credit must go out to those fans who are travelling to the game.
It will take a win at the Hawthorns for Newcastle fans to start feeling better about our side – anything less than that will not hack it on Saturday.
Call me negative – but I’m simply being pragmatic.
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