In almost every interview given after the charity game last Wednesday night for Steve Harper’s 20 years on Tyneside, former players criticized the current regime for the lack of success and investment we have had in recent years, and the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football in mid-June certainly seemed to be a backward step for the club.
Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew before yesterday’s game
There was a banner on display at Villa Park that said “Joe Kinnear – Director of F***all” – and let’s just say Joe has not managed to get much support from the Newcastle fans on his return to the club.
Joe could have helped himself big time in the summer by getting some decent players through the door, but it was another unsuccessful transfer window for the Magpies, as we seemed to lose ground to other middle of the table clubs.
And it seems that Joe has been gagged by Newcastle, and has not given any interviews at all, since the transfer window closed.
Alan Pardew has said in the Chronicle today that those former greats who returned on Wednesday night, have earned the right to criticize the club, because they have served us well in the past, in fact so very well in the past:
“These ex-players that made those comments have earned the right to have an opinion about the club. They have been brilliant servants for Newcastle United.”
“Out players can only aspire to what they achieved. We are not in a position to compete financially like they did because the game has changed dramatically.”
“Their comments, we accept, it’s OK. The only answer is to win games. My job is to get my team out there to win games as we did today.”
“When you are manager of Newcastle, it is a bumpy ride. But you just try to be consistent in your work and I try to be that.” This was a good day to be the Newcastle manager.”
Things were all gloom and doom after our Manchester City loss, because that result and performance seemed to confirm that we have a middle of the table team at best.
But the form of some of our players like Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Ben Arfa, and the arrival of the talented Loic Remy has given Newcastle three wins on the trot, and expectations are rising again on Tyneside.
Let’s hope the lads can keep it up.
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