Alan Pardew is under some pressure at Newcastle after the side has been in an almighty slump since we hammered Stoke City 5-1 at St. James’ Park on Boxing Day – but of course Stoke were leading that game before the referee sent two of their players off in two minutes and also awarded Newcastle a penalty just before half time – so it’s fair to say we got some help in that game.
Alan Pardew – last Wednesday night
But since that time we have won only one game of the last nine, and the 4-0 defeat by Tottenham on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park was a watershed game, because it seems a number of our players had even given up the ghost by the end of the game, as Spurs scored two goals in the last eight minutes.
That’s simply not allowed – period – full stop.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the local press today:
“In terms of where I am with the players – I have made it clear to them what their responsibility is to the fans and the city.” “And that needs to be reflected in the next game.”
“That’s the only thing we can do.” “I will make sure when we play Aston Villa that won’t be replicated.” “That performance wasn’t good enough for me and shouldn’t be good enough for our fans.”
“Leaving early, moaning about some of the things that went on on that pitch, I understand all of that.” “Trust me, I wasn’t happy either.”
But we also think there will be a number of Newcastle players leaving this summer for one reason or the other and they could include Fab Coloccini, Loic Remy, Romain Amalfitano, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa and perhaps one or the two of the younger players like James Tavernier.
And that’s a lot of players who could be leaving Newcastle this summer.
Hopefully the only way for Newcastle to go now is up – and that start with a home game against Aston Villa w eek tomorrow, and a win in that game would be just what the doctor ordered – and certainly Newcastle fans could do with some good news – which has been in very short supply since Boxing Day.
Job one from now through end of the season is simply to restore the pride that is Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!
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