Newcastle are in mid-table and presumably nothing to play for , since we have no chance of making the top six, and we have no chance of being relegated.
But it’s simply ridiculous if our players turn out in the last six games of the season and put one more inept performance in, like we all saw last Saturday – and were rightly disgusted at Southampton.
Alan Pardew – a test of the manager
There’s professional pride, and if that’s not enough, each of our players should check to see how much money they earn from playing the game of football on Tyneside – the wages are just ridiculously high.
So they need to earn their wages.
Newcastle have a bit of an injury crisis brewing at the moment, with Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Tim Krul are all out on Saturday, and they all started when we beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in early December, and also missing tomorrow is Yohan Cabaye, the scorer of the winning goal in that game.
So there will be five missing from the team that won a game at Old Trafford for the first time since 1973.
But it’s not about the skill of the side we are talking about, and the big job Alan Pardew has to do is to motivate his players to play with some energy, passion and commitment on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“I think we’re in a difficult place, I make no bones about that. We’re on 46 points, we have a few excuses in terms of injuries so it’s easy to go ‘oh well, okay, the summer’s not far away’.”
“Certainly, I have made that very clear to the players – that’s something that cannot happen. We can’t do that in front of 52,000 people paying good money to come through the door. We have to put on a performance that shows real commitment.”
“It’s difficult when you get to an area of the season where there’s no real goals for you, other than a league position. That’s something we’ve been trying to focus the guys’ minds on.”
“We didn’t combat all of that desire from Southampton, theirs was certainly greater, and I don’t think that will be the case on Saturday. When you have desire on the pitch, things fall into place.”
“The answer to a performance like that is putting in a display in the following game.” “As a professional, you’ve got to accept you get beaten and sometimes it’s a bloody long way away and you have to accept responsibility as a group and to put it right.”
“Therefore, that’s what we hope to see on Saturday. The focus very much this week is on our stability and the structure to the team, which we’re really good at.”
“For most of the season, we’ve had that right, for every game apart from one or two, but that game completely got away from us.”
As far as we are concerned, the final six games of the season are more a measure of how good Alan Pardew is as a manage than anything else, and can he motivate his players?
The players and the manager failed miserably last week, and it was the complete lack of commitment that rightly upset Newcastle fans.
That cannot happen again on Saturday or in any other game through the end of the season, and it’s the responsibility of the manager (along with the players) to put this right.
And we shouldn’t forget there still hangs a dark cloud over Alan Pardew’s head, because of his terrible behavior at Hull City that utterly shamed the famous Newcastle United Football Club.
We haven’t forgotten that – which is another reason the 52 year-old must shake things up and get the very best out of the players he has available in the final six games of the season – starting on Saturday against Manchester United..
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