Alan Pardew made what was we think was supposed to be a light-hearted comment about not caring if we lose 4-0 at Arsenal on Sunday in our last game of the season.
Alan Pardew – he does care if we get hammered 4-0
But with the 4th place and the Champions League a close race between Arsenal and Tottenham – it’s hardly surprising that Tottenham feel a little queasy about Alan’s comments – and of course it’s also not helpful that we’ve been hammered 3-0 and 6-0 in our last two games and Arsenal are a better side than either Sunderland or Liverpool.
Alan Pardew has come out and tried to correct the situation:
“It is definitely not the case that I would be happy for us to lose 4-0 against Arsenal on Sunday. I simply want our players and fans to be able to enjoy the game without looking over their shoulders.”
“Even though we are now safe, we will be putting in the same effort that we would for any other Premier League game.” “Our last two results at St James’ Park – against Sunderland and Liverpool – have been nowhere near good enough.”
“Sunday gives us the chance to put that right.” “We want to end the season on a positive, to finish in as high a position as possible and to give the fans something to cheer about on the final day of what has been a frustrating season.”
“Arsenal will be doing everything they can to try and achieve a Champions League spot, and we won’t make it easy for them – make no mistake about that. This is a game everyone at this football club wants to win.”
To be fair to the Newcastle manager, he was elated after the win on Sunday at QPR, because it meant that Newcastle are safe – and the relief was there for all to see, and he made a flippant statement.
We’re not sure if we had been interviewed immediately after the game, in our high state of ecstasy – what would have come out of our mouths – nothing too intelligent probably – so no change there. 😀
But of course the Premier League is now a big money enterprise – and the manager had to put things right in case the conspiracy theorists come out in force.
But now if we do get hammered, it will not look good, and it will be embarrassing after Alan’s initial comments.
Maybe that’s an added incentive for our players to do well – and a win would be fantastic after such a terrible Premier League season.
Two wins in a row – wow – when the last time we did that?
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