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Pardew – I’m Not Being Confident About Relegation

11:53 pm, Sunday, April 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Alan Pardew has insisted he is not taking it lightly, that Newcastle are still in the midst of a relegation battle, and we are hardly safe yet.

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Alan Pardew – not taking anything for granted

We have to hope Aston Villa lose at Old Trafford on Monday, where the Red Devils with a win, can now win their 13th Premier League title (unlucky for some) and 20th English League title in total.

We also have to hope that Wigan don’t go on a winning run in their final games of the season, like they did last season, because we could really be in trouble.

But at some point we need to help ourselves and we can do that by winning at least a couple of games in our last four games of the season.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say in the Guardian today:

“I’m not being confident, and I’m certainly not being arrogant about it,” “We’ve still got work to do, we’ve still got tough games to come. That’s why the point today was so important.”

“They’re gold dust at this time of year, especially when you’re away from home.” “I don’t really want to think about what it would take to put relegation fears to bed. You’re talking to a former West Ham manager who inherited a team that went down with 42 points in 2003.”

“You must never take your eye off that. You’ve got to keep pushing. So not even a win against Liverpool would make us safe. “This was our 50th game, which goes a little bit unnoticed – 50 professional games, and all the travelling involved as well, that’s tough,” s

“The Europa League is a competition that, I think, clubs will look at us at the impact that it can have, not only because of the extra games but also the injuries that we’ve had on the back of that.”

“It would be naive to argue that our league position would not be greater than it is without the competition.”

Alan probably meant to say he is not being over-confident about the relegation threat.

Glenn Roeder was manager of West Ham when they were relegated with 42 points in 2003, but Glenn suffered a brain tumor before the end of the season, which required a five hour operation, and Trevor Brooking took over as the interim manager, but couldn’t save the Hammers.

And then Glenn was fired after he recovered from the brain tumor, and then turned up as the Youth Academy Manager at Newcastle in the summer of 2005, and became the Newcastle manager within the year.

To get to 42 points this season, Newcastle need 5 points form their last four game against Liverpool (h), West Ham (a), QPR (a) and Arsenal (h).

We can do it.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jackel001 // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I can see us getting 3 points on Sunday, I know I said we would get mullered when I was watching the Liverpool game but that was the anger from the second half performance on Saturday. With all what’ll be going on with Hannibal Lecter this week it may cause a distraction and we might, just might get something maybe a cheeky win? Or am I getting to ahead of myself…

    We should really be beating QPR though ffs, they are terrible!

  • 2 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    If we play like we did in the 1st half against West Brom with Arfa back in Jonas place we could be out of sight by half time as Liverpool are not that great at the back

  • 3 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Thats me being really optimistic though

  • 4 jail4pardew // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    We are in the football business to play european football if we can get it, its what supporting a club is about, Stoke have struggled this season with no europa league, how mant games gave barca man utd real madrid chelsea played, again he is hiding behind excuses, they are paid nassive amounta to play something they love, pressure yea od course but they are proffesionals, they train two hours acdat and have a fame of footy twice a week, now fair enough its at a high level but a lad playing for a local team will take just as much out of himself, playing ar his level as he aint as fit as the proffesionals and he is probably doing 8 hours graft on top of that as well, an just not buying it ALAN.

  • 5 wolfshead@toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    i think pards is on trial from now on ash wont risk the better players wanting to be away the sake of keeping the manager even if he will look foolish ripping up an 8 year contract someone mentioned rafa as a replacement do we want someone who passes pieces of paper to players on the pitch?

  • 6 ash1001 // Apr 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Pardew is once again talking a load of TOSH, he should try and remember some of his previous mutterings, weeks ago he said we were safe, the fans knew we were not.
    We are going for a ‘Top Ten Spot’ well Mr Pardew look at us now, and its not the fans to blame, that lies quite simply at your door and the players.
    Hell 50 games a season, think the top teams in Europe – that’s the norm, you simply cannot have it both ways, sorry but you are way off the beam, its what happens on the pitch that gets the points and you are not helping Mr Pardew. Just check back on some of our results.

  • 7 obatoyou // Apr 22, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    hmm relegation isn’t that bad dude, you win lots more games…

  • 8 lesh // Apr 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Perhaps a bit late now. Can’t see any points for us from the next four games and we’ll have to rely on Wigan and Villa slipping up.

    Blame Europe? Bo••••ks!

  • 9 Black and White Blood // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    jail4pardew –

    European football is a great spectacle but playing more games does mean more injuries. Comparing us to Barca, Real, Utd and Chelsea is a bit unrealistic because they have enormous budgets and huge squads full of quality. Chelsea arguably have enough players to field two first elevens in the prem when they’re not loaned out.




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