Alan Pardew was asked during his press conference this afternoon what he though Newcastle needed to be safe in the league and he said more than once that he had no idea, but said he would go into each of the last three games trying to win.
Alan Pardew - our destiny is in our hands
It even seemed that Alan was annoyed at times of some of the things the journalists were asking him and when a journalistic said there were probably some stories he didn’t want to talk ab out – he interrupted the journalist and said he would talk about anything.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said this afternoon:
“As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result.” “The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulties has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem and we go to the next game.”
“Off the back of a difficult result, yes, it’s been a very hard week.” “When you are beaten like that at home, it’s never comfortable and not comfortable to deal with. That’s what we have had to deal with this week.”
“A lot of criticism has come his way, some of it completely unfounded and left-field, as you would expect when you get a result like that.” “It’s part and parcel of the game. Some of the wildfire that we have had has just been way, way off the mark.”
“But we put a poor performance in on Saturday and we need to put that right. That’s the most important thing.” “We have got a little gap and we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it.” “There have not been words that have been out of turn.”
“If you don’t get feedback from your players, trust me, you are not going to be a manager at any level.” “You need to have feedback and understand what the problems are that they are experiencing on the pitch.”
“It’s very very important as a manager of a football team that you focus on yourself and really and truly you cannot worry about anyone else.” “As I say our destiny is in our own hands and we have to make sure get the wins we need, whatever that i, if it’s two wins or three wins, I have no idea.”
“And then you have to make sure that you have a game-plan that works.” “We take a game-plan to a difficult place on Saturday. West Ham is a club that is going well and has got good assets, especially at home, and we need to be able to deal with those and we need to bring our own game and get ourselves three points if we can.”
Alan also said he hadn’t looked at the games remaining for the other teams in the relegation zone, and he said the destiny is in Newcastle hands and we have to get some wins and it’s what Newcastle did in the next three games is all that mattered.
Alan even seems a little frustrated with the journalists, but given all the turmoil there has been around Newcastle since we were hammered 6-0 by Liverpool – the Newcastle manager seemed calm enough.
Maybe it’s just me but there seemed to be a number of strange questions asked during this afternoon’s press conference, and the manager seemed quite calm, given Newcastle’s current situation.
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