We watched the Liverpool Tottenham game yesterday, and manager Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool playing some great attacking football – it was just terrific to watch – and they mauled Tottenham – just like Southampton mauled Newcastle on Saturday.
Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley before the game on Saturday
It just shows that if you get a young manager in like Brendan or Roberto Martinez or Mauricio Pochettino, they can soon have the team playing some great stuff – Roberto only signed on at Everton last summer and they are in 5th place and pushing Arsenal for 4th place, and Mauricio took over 14 months ago at Southampton.
And it’s only Brendan’s second season at Liverpool, and he has them playing like Newcastle played under Kevin Keegan in the 1990s – and they are top of the league.
And Mauricio Pochettino has also turned around Southampton, and on Saturday his team were embarrassingly streets ahead of a pathetic looking Newcastle United side.
And while we keep hearing from the Newcastle players and managers that they are trying to get as many points as possible through the end of the season – their actions say something completely different.
Their hearts and minds are simply not in it and they were a disgrace to the club on Saturday.
We have lost the last two games by a cumulative score of 7-0, and still have to play Arsenal and Liverpool on the road in our last six games.
And that very last game at Liverpool could be another embarrassing one for us – especially if we have the attitude the players had on Saturday – they were second best all over the field from the very first whistle, so we have to question Alan Pardew’s motivational skills – we were simply hopeless – and could have lost 9-0 but for a great display by Rob Elliot.
We’re not sure what will happen in the summer, but there are players at Newcastle who have no future at the club – like Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.
And the way Ben Arfa was hauled off at half time on Saturday, it looks like his career could be over, and of course Loic Remy is off to a bigger club.
So with Newcastle sinking fast this season, we are still going to finish in the top 10 – even if Stoke City catch us – which is probable on Saturday’s performance, but we will still finish 10th, because we are 12 points above 11th placed West Ham.
But in the last 14 games since we beat a 9 man Stoke side 5-1, Newcastle have been sinking fast. and with the powers that be selling our best player in January – what hope do Newcastle fans have for the future?
At this particular time it doesn’t look good at all – and we can only hope that Newcastle bring in some very good young players in the summer and rebuild the squad.
But there are far too many inept performances taking place under manager Alan Pardew – like the pathetic home performances against Tottenham, Cardiff City and Sunderland this year.
For example, since the embarrassing 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland, the Black Cats have taken one point from their last five games since then, and scored only two goals.
So they got more points and scored more goals at Newcastle, than in the five games since then.
It just seems that every now and again Newcastle simply don’t turn up for games, and we are taken to the cleaners, and that happened again on Saturday – and it happens far too many times under Alan Pardew.
But on the bright side at least we are not struggling against relegation like another club is at the moment.
We’ll just have to hope we can have a stellar transfer window in the summer , but the hopes of having a top side in the next couple of years do not look very good – at least not at the moment.
Hope springs eternal.
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