My best man many moons ago was Terry, a former IBMer and still living in Hursley near Southampton, and he’s been supporting the Saints for around 50 years now – and of course they have been through some tough times over the last few years, but they have come roaring back into the Premier League last season, and Terry was more than pleased with Southampton’s performance on Saturday against an insipid Newcastle side – and of course he was at the game.
Alan Pardew greets Mike Ashley Saturday before the game
And we exchanged emails before the game, and my point was I couldn’t see who was going to score the goals for the Magpies, and the weakness at Southampton was their defense.
And earlier today I finally got the courage up to send him a note about how good the Saints were on Saturday – and the fact that Newcastle’s performance was so bad (insipid?),. that it is causing waves among the fans.
And this is part of an email I received from Terry this morning:
“The worst thing about Newcastle’s performance was their lack of effort throughout. They didn’t seem to care. “
“I can’t see Pardew lasting much longer. He hasn’t done well since getting a reported 8-year contract.”
Terry, who was brought up in Aberdeen, hit the nail on the head there with that first sentence – and that’s what’s really terrible about Newcastle’s performance – the players didn’t seem to care.
Newcastle fans can be very critical of their team and their players at times, that’s part of the territory at Newcastle, but when they see 100% effort and commitment from the players, as we’ve said before, they hold back their criticism of the players.
And the opposite is also true, and a lack of caring, energy and effort on the pitch, has to be the manager’s responsibility as well as that of the players.
If they cannot put 100% effort in for Newcastle in these last six games, then we should get rid of them in the summer – whoever they are.
Far better have players at Newcastle who want to be on Tyneside, and will always give their all for the team.
And as far as Pardew is concerned, we think he will still be here next season, but it could be the season he has to have Newcastle be successful and maybe in the top eight, for him to continue as the manager.
And something in his favor is that we lost our most creative player in January – Yohan Cabaye – and that was Mike Ashley’s doing.
It’s certainly a very difficult time at the moment for Geordie fans everywhere, but maybe a miracle will happen, and we’ll see a great performance from the team on Saturday – it could happen – couldn’t it – maybe? 😀