As we reported late yesterday Alan Pardew will meet with Mike Ashley as soon as Newcastle’s fate is known – and it’s clear which league we will be playing in next season.
Alan Pardew – makes public case to keep his job
And that could come as early ass Sunday afternoon or next Tuesday night, when Wigan are at Arsenal for their second last league game of the season.
This is what Alan said in the Independent:
“My job is to manage this football club with dignity, with an honesty, which I’ve done, not just with the players but with the press and more importantly with our fans,”
“Hopefully it’ll be good enough to keep my job next year, but that ultimate decision is not mine so we could get the points we need and Mike could decide he needs to move to another manager.”
“I like to think that he won’t, that next year we’ll stay with myself, and we need to make some changes and we’ll do that and talk about that at the end of the year. We know we’ve got an uncomfortable conversation regarding the form this year, the under achievement that’s been mentioned and everything else.”
“It’ll be uncomfortable for us both, because we’ve both under achieved. Him as an owner and me as a manager. We need to find out what the reasons were and then it’s for Mike and hopefully with me to decide how to go forward.”
“I’m talking about the club, we’ve underachieved as the club, so the point is we all take responsibility. I’m trying to make the point that we’ve got to be honest. It’s about making sure when we go forward – and Managing Director Derek Llambias as well – that we put right some of the things we put wrong this year.”
“I’m confident enough that I want to be the manger of this football club. Some of the issues I’ve had this year, some of the selection times I’ve had to pick teams has been against me a lot of the time. The injuries more than anything have been a massive blow to this football club, to key players at key times, that’s something we can’t afford to happen.
“We’ve had a year where we’ve finished fifth and everybody perhaps assumed we’d roll into that season again. We didn’t. Those reasons I shall keep to myself for this time, but I have relative views on that. In terms of, are we good enough, well we couldn’t have been, because this is where we are.”
It’s clear there were mistakes made at the highest levels of the club – and the squad at the start of the season simply wasn’t big enough for a club that was back in Europe, and we played 14 games in the Europa League last season, and on a positive note we did well in that competition.
But even in January, Newcastle failed to replace Demba Ba who left in early January, and Loic Remy was that man, but he decided to move to QPR at the last minute.
That has hurt Newcastle in the last seven games as we find it hard to score goals, and have only three goals in the last seven games – and Shola Ameobi is out for the season with another injury.
For tomorrow’s game at QPR we expect Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran to be the two strikers up front – and we hope one of them can get a goal.
But bottom line the poor results of this season can be laid at the feet of the manager as well as at the feet of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.
We’ll have to wait and see what the owner decides – once the season is over or we’re safe.
We need a win at QPR tomorrow.
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