In his press conference this afternoon, Alan Pardew seemed to be a little upset at some of the questions he was getting, based on the news that’s been reported in the papers over the last few days, most of which is probably untrue.
Sylvain Marveaux – out for the season
Alan did report on injuries and said both Tim Krul and Sylvain Marveaux are out for the season, but that Italian International Davide Santon has a slight chance to be fit before the end of the season, and he reported yet another hamstring injury – this time to 20 year-old Massadio Haidara.
One question from a journalist got Allan’s ire raised – and it was whether the foreign players knew how important it was for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League.
This is how the Newcastle manager answered that question:
“I just find the accusation that players doesn’t realize staying in the Premier League is important – it’s insulting if I am honest.” “If you think because some of our players are from a foreign country, they are not bothered, it’s just ridiculous.”
“Of course they are bothered. Our frustrations and our professionalism are on the line. But we have our destiny in our own hands, no-one else, and only we can put it right.”
And more than once is the session Alan was asked how many wins or how many points did he think it would take for Newcastle to be safe and he kept answering that he had absolutely no idea, and it was important that Newcastle and the team concentrate on what they had to do – and not worry about what other teams may or may not do.
As far as we are concerned that was an excellent answer, because we should be going all out to secure our safety based on what the team can do – and not hope that teams like Wigan don’t win.
That’s the right approach for sure – and we just hope the lads can bring home the bacon in the last three games – and we need some points on the board badly because was have just one point from our last three games.
And our goal difference has been made worse by a full nine goals – so it would be good if we can score a few goals – but somehow we don’t see that happening.
But if Newcastle can win on Saturday at West Ham and Wigan are beaten at West Brom – that probably would make Newcastle safe.
We hope that happens.
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