Some Newcastle supporters have simply not accepted Alan Pardew’s list of reasons for such a poor season in the Premier League, or the disastrous defeat against Sunderland at home almost two weeks ago – but it still seems like yesterday.
Alan Pardew – expects the criticism
And some Newcastle supporters don’t accept any excuses for Newcastle’s performances – we had enough excuses from Graeme Souness for why Newcastle did not perform when he was manager.
But then Glenn Roeder took over in February of 2006 and turned the season around – although Glenn lasted just over 15 months as Newcastle manager, before he was fired by Freddy Shepherd.
Alan Pardew today said he was not surprised at the criticism, and that it’s to be accepted at such a big club:
“When criticism comes at a big football club like this, you have to be big enough and bold enough to deal with it.” “Whether you’re the manager, the player, the chief executive or the chairman, it comes with the territory.”
“I’ve got absolutely no problem with that.” “There’s only one way to deal with it, and that’s through performances. Me talking means nothing.”
“At least last Saturday, at West Brom, I thought we got a performance that suggested that we had been hurt by losing to Sunderland.” “That’s how it should be.”
“This is about the club. This isn’t about me. It isn’t about any one person.” “We need three points to keep Newcastle United as a Premier League team next season.” “Then all the plans we have in place can move forward.”
And Alan was then asked if he thought the players he had on board were big enough to turn things around in the last four games of the season.
This is what the Newcastle manager said:
“Yes, I think they are. I think they’ve proved that.” “There’s a determination within the group and the most important thing this season now is to get over the line. “ “Anything else would be a bonus for us with the season we’ve had.”
With Luis Suarez not playing on Saturday against Newcastle, it takes away from Liverpool a lot of their goal-scoring power, with Luis having scored 23 of Liverpool’s 61 goals in the league.
Newcastle have been given some luck with Suarez out for Saturday, and we should take the opportunity and capture a valuable 3 points.
That would be great.
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