Alan Pardew got close to apologizing to the over 2,000 faithful fans who made the long hard trek down to Southampton yesterday, and were served up with a load of tripe (I never liked that stuff) from the Newcastle team, and that performance was simply unacceptable, and we need to hear an out-and-out apology from manager Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew – before the disaster unfolded yesterday
And we still don’t think Alan Pardew is safe in his job on Tyneside, and as we mentioned yesterday there’s still one big strike against him this year – that stupidity at Hull City and now the team is playing for not having him around in his full capacity on the touch-line for seven games.
It’s called shooting yourself in the foot.
This is the interview where Alan Pardew came close to apologizing to the Newcastle travelling fans, but didn’t actually come out with the apology:
“What can we say? They’ve left at 5.30 am this morning and came and watched a performance that isn’t us,” (well who was playing Southampton yesterday?) “I’m not really going to talk about the individual players in the team. Collectively we have to accept responsibility.”
Newcastle fans don’t mind if we get beat 4-0 – they don’t like it - but if the lads give 100% and just go down to a better side – then the fans will mute their criticism of the players.
But it wasn’t like that yesterday, and most of our players seemed to be sleep-walking in that first half – or at least giving a damned good imitation of it.
Heaven knows what owner Mike Ashley thought of it all, and he watched Newcastle for the fourth successive game, and Pardew was sitting just behind him in the Director’s box.
We now need to hear Pardew apologize for that performance.
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