There are a number of reports out there wondering if Alan Pardew will get the sack today – but if we were to hazard a guess – we think Pardew will get the chance to put things right at West Ham on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – under severe pressure
But that’s not to say we think we’ll win at Upton Park – we think we’ll lose that game and lose at home to Arsenal in our final home game of the season in three weeks time.
Our best chance is to pick up 3 points at QPR in two weeks time, and just hope that 40 points will be enough – it probably will be.
But there’s also no doubt that Newcastle are again making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and it’s simply unbelievable that we were torn apart 6-0 on Saturday by Liverpool, who looked so much better than us right from the very first whistle.
What happened on Saturday is very worrying.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Telegraph today:
“I have no problem getting the flak,’ ‘I accept that. That performance was not one of my team’s. My teams are renowned for being organised and being on the front foot and you could not say that.”
“I will take responsibility for that.” “I genuinely believe we have enough in that dressing room and enough quality in my staff to get the points we need.”
“We have had difficult days in the past but if I don’t get a response then I will be deeply disappointed.” “Of course I am angry but I have to channel that anger in the right way.”
“The only way I can get that right is next week and make sure I have a team that enters the pitch at West Ham confident it is going to win.”
“The players are very much aware of the situation we are in and I don’t think they need a lot of telling. We need to make sure we start on Monday morning.”
“That we work really hard to show this city that we have the fight for it.” “There are a lot of people who will look at us and think we have a great chance of being relegated. We have to prove that wrong.”
We’ll get some upbeat messages from the manager this week and from the players too – but we will not be buying any of it – not after what has happened in our last two home games.
It all depends what we do in our last three games of the season – and we’ll wait until then to see if this Newcastle team is good enough to stay up.
It’s touch and go right now.
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