Alan Pardew is a relieved man today – just like Newcastle fans – as we can bask in the safety of knowing we’re not being relegated, and in fact we’re in 13 place – but whether we can stay there after the Arsenal game is debatable.
Coloccini and Williamson – delighted after the game – Willo was solid
There has been a growing contingent of fans that want Alan Pardew sacked, but news today is that Pardew was told last night his job is safe – and that being the case Newcastle must try to strengthen the squad in the summer, and why not try for 4th place next season?
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve had to put up with some absolute rubbish.” “The people who said there were rifts were stupid.” “You can’t get draws at teams like West Brom and West Ham and a win in London against QPR with that sort of thing going on.”
“It’s rubbish. It’s an absolute disgrace.” “And those people who said it and brought it to the attention of everybody outside of Newcastle for no reason but being malicious, will be crying into their beer.”
“It was a great win for the football club and a great win for the city.” “It was a great win for the area too.” “Sunderland got a draw and I hope they are safe. We want to play them next year.”
“I was aggrieved about some decisions – especially the goalie.” “You have to be right with those decisions. It was definitely a borderline decision.”
“With 10 minutes to go of a game of that magnitude? Blimey, you can’t make that call. But he did.” “Luckily for us we had Harps, who came on as if it was a Sunday afternoon and he was going down the pub with his dog.”
“That calmed everybody. It certainly calmed me down.”
There was a great scene on the sidelines after Elliot was sent off, when Steve Harper came up alongside the manager while putting on his gloves, and Steve gave Pardew a wry smile, and Alan started to laugh.
It was like – “hi boss – don’t worry I’ve played for this team before” – and Pardew said he felt a lot better when Steve was so calm in the Newcastle goal and calmed everybody down.
Now Steve Harper will get a great send-off from the fans next Sunday, when he plays his 201st and last game for Newcastle – you cannot make this stuff up.
There were a number of times in the second half when Newcastle had excuses to collapse – but we didn’t.
Coloccini was a tower of strength for Newcastle, and who says this guy doesn’t give his all for Newcastle,
Colo has been simply magnificent for Newcastle in the last two games – and just think what could have happened if hadn’t missed those 12 games.
We must try to keep him Tyneside – he can be the man who leads Newcastle back into the top six – or even the top four.
We’re starting to dream again.
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