Alan Pardew said that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias had made some mistakes last summer and this season and would need to take some responsibility for that, when the season ends and the big three meet to discuss what the heck happened.
Alan Pardew – ridiculous for me to criticize Ashley, LLambias
But now Alan seems to be backing away from those words, as he had this to say in the Independent today:
“I’m not criticizing Mike or Derek Llambias, the club’s chief executive,” “That would be ridiculous. I’m just saying we need to have a conversation. We know that. It won’t be a comfortable conversation, will it?”
“It’s not like last year when we finished fifth and said, ‘What a good job we have all done’. This season has been a trickier one.”“I did not expect this season to go as it has.”
“It’s been very difficult. I feel like I’ve worked twice as hard as last year. You have situations where you need to get the balance right between the information you give players.”
“Maybe we need to look at how the team has performed but we haven’t got the whole picture yet. That’s where I sit today, really in a state of flux. We’ve got two games left.”
“We don’t know what division we’re in. But we feel we’re confident enough to get over the line.” “I have not doubted myself this season,” “I don’t think as a manager you can ever do that.”
Alan Pardew can do himself some good today by getting a Newcastle win at QPR, and then Newcastle will be safe in the Premier League – and a draw would also be a decent result.
But a defeat will throw us right back into the relegation struggle – and we saw four years ago that when it goes down to the last game – we could take the drop.
We’d love to see Newcastle get our second away win of the season at Loftus Road today.
Howay The Lads!!
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