There will be a bunch of new interviews with Alan Pardew today, and of course if he is to get the sack it will happen today – Bobby Robson was sacked on Monday, 30th August, 2004, following the 4-2 defeat at Aston Villa on the previous Saturday.
Alan Pardew – against Liverpool on Saturday
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today, and he started talking about the language barrier, and was asked if he thought he’d get the sack:
“I don’t think the language barrier is so much of a problem as the lack of experience in certain scenarios,” “A lot of those players will never have been beaten 3-0 at home, never mind 6-0.”
“I think that showed; we became ragged, some of our play was naive and disorganized.” “Well whether I stay or not is out of my hands,” “Until I’m told otherwise, my job is to lift the team and make it as good as I can.”
“I’ve got to make sure I put things right. We’ve got to show we’ve got the fight for this because I think a lot of people will look at us and think we’ve got a great chance of being relegated.”
“We’ve got to prove them wrong but I genuinely believe we’ve got enough quality to get the points we need.” “I’ve got to channel my anger in the right way,” said Pardew. “But if I don’t get a response after this I’ll be deeply disappointed.”
There are no indications that Alan Pardew is to be fired today, but it’s hard to have worse successive results at St. James’ Park than losing 3-0 to Sunderland, and then 6-0 to Liverpool – two of the worst results in Newcastle’s history.
And our French players on Saturday – there were seven who started the second half – didn’t seem to be quite ready for the fight – as they try to come to grips with the culture shock they are now experiencing on Tyneside.
However the 6-0 loss puts Newcastle in line to be relegated, if Wigan start to win some of their final four games.
To think that Wigan could survive (again) and Newcastle don’t, would be very difficult to take.
That’s the truth.
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