Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has taken responsibility for the loss against Sunderland, and in his comments to the local press today, he’s said it’s the players fault for the humiliating 3-0 loss to Sunderland, and not the manager’s fault.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – players responsible for terrible loss
But the fans have laid the responsibility for the defeat squarely on Alan Pardew’s shoulders, be that right or wrong, and the last five games of the season are now vital for the future of the north-east club.
Another relegation in four years would be completely disastrous for Newcastle, and while it’s not exactly probable, it’s possible unless Newcastle can start picking up points quickly.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is clear that it’s the players who have to pull their socks up:
“I believe the responsibility for performances and results lie with the players.” “We have to take care of winning the next game.”
“The coaches and manager will help us, of course, but we need to take responsibility to show that we want to win the next game and keep the club in the Premier League.”
“It is an intense time.” “All us players understand that there is a lot of pressure on us right now because there are some massive games coming up.”
“You have to learn to live with the pressure as professionals. This is our job.” “This is such an important time and because of this you have to pay attention to everything; what you eat, when you sleep, how you rest, if you want to avoid injury.”
“Everyone needs to be ready now.” “This is what you must do to have a professional life and if you want to be a success.” “It is so important to win at the weekend because we obviously want to stay in the Premier League. It is a huge game for us.”
We need a win tomorrow to allow the Newcastle fans to start to recover from the disastrous and humbling loss last Sunday to Sunderland – the worst defeat by Sunderland since back in 1979.
It’s just not good enough.
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