Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has become very philosophical of late, with the results in the last seven games being little short of pathetic, but he has a chance to save Newcastle this afternoon, if we can beat QPR in London.
Alan Pardew – it’s been milk and honey most of the time
With Wigan losing against Swansea last Tuesday night, it has given Newcastle a massive window of opportunity to save ourselves – but whether we are good enough to take that chance by winning at QPR today, we’ll have to wait and see.
The Newcastle side and manager have gone through lots of adversity this season – as have the Newcastle fans – who can’t quite believe what’s happening right now, and the fact we could be playing in the English second division next season is more than alarming – it’s simply unimaginable.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to the press today:
“The players have had to work hard and force games and we have to do that at QPR. Get ourselves a win. Get ourselves a result any shape it comes in and I think against Arsenal, a home game, I think we have got a chance of a result.”
“We’ll definitely be going to QPR to win. It’s a strange scenario, the whole bottom of the league. You can talk about Southampton and Sunderland, Norwich have got a massive game as well.”
“It’s a very remarkable way it is going to end but, for us, we don’t want it to go to the last game. That’s why we want to win.” “You learn in adversity as much as you learn in victory, sometimes more, and this has been a year when we’ve had adversity at crucial times.”
“We had a terrible run before Christmas, terrible injury problems and this back end of the season, a level of criticism that the players probably weren’t used to.” “Since I’ve been here, it’s been milk and honey a little bit for most of them, so I think we’ve all been a little bit shocked by that.”
We’re not too sure about things being like milk and honey for most of the time since Alan arrived.
It’s true that a measure of a man (or a woman) is how they react in times of adversity, and not when everything is going well.
And with all the adversity Newcastle have suffered this season, we should be able to tell in the summer who should stay and who should go – and that includes both players and coaches – always assuming Mike Ashley wants to keep the club.
Alan Pardew can make things a lot easier for everybody concerned with Newcastle today, by getting all 3 points today and making us safe – and it would be a massive relief to Newcastle fans.
A defeat would be another complete disaster and it’s hard to even imagine that could happen today.
A win would make things a heck of a lot rosier in the Newcastle garden and we could even then look forward to the future.
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