If you are a Newcastle manager, you can expect a lot of heat if things are not going well, and if things look like they are going to hell in a hand-basket – you can expect the pressure to be almost unbearable – and that’s what Alan Pardew has had to face this week, after Newcastle’s 6-0 loss to Liverpool – the worst home defeat since 1925.
Alan Pardew - nobody will break my spirit
Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday, followed by a number of interviews with local reporters, and this is some of what he had to say in the Newcastle Journal today:
“Nobody will break my spirit in terms of trying to put it right.” “I have a strong philosophy of how I think the game should be played and we’ll try and fit in that motive for the next three games.”
“We need to play a brand of football which threatens the goal a little bit more because if you say to me what is my biggest concern I would say ‘goals’.”
“I have just conceded six but sometimes if you are threatening the goal a little bit more you don’t need to defend as often, and you can defend with a little more confidence.”
“We need to offer a little bit more threat going forward – that’s the key for the next few games.” “In terms of dealing with outside influences – which we’ve had a lot of this week – we’ve gained from that.”
“We’ve gained a lot of experience from that.” “I’ve had my fair share of it from clubs I’ve been at.” “I understand you get all sorts of accusations thrown at you.”
“There’s not much you can do. You can deny them but it might add fuel to the flames. Sometimes you don’t know whether to fight some issues or just let them ride.”
“Some of them we think have been completely left-field and we have decided to fight in some areas and not fight in other areas.
We had a lot of interviews form players last week saying how they were going to put things right against Liverpool, after the disastrous 3-0 defeat against Sunderland at home.
And yes – we are getting the same thing this week – but talk is cheap – very cheap.
What we need is to see a committed performance form our lads tomorrow at Upton Park, but we also need to take something out of the game – we must take something out of the game.
But to be honest – we’re not sure what to expect tomorrow.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org