Alan Pardew was asked by the Shields Gazette if he is still the right man for the job, and surprise surprise, he said he is – yes absolutely.
Alan Pardew at the game on Saturday – another 4-0 defeat
This is what Alan said when asked if he still believed he was the right man for the job at Newcastle”
“Yes, absolutely.” “But the only thing I’m focused on, if I’m honest, is Stoke.” “Nothing more, because every game is essential for us, especially on the back of those three performances.”
“The opposition have been quality, but let’s be honest, we’ve been a distance away.” “We need to close that gap, but that’s a question for the summer.”
“The last few results, particularly the last three, have been tough, tough games for us,” “The opposition have been above us, there’s no doubt about that, and we have not really had any breaks in the games.”
You wouldn’t really have expected Alan to say something like the following:
“No – I think the results in the last five games have proved to me and the fans that I’m not the right man for the job, and I am certainly not getting the best out of the players I have available.”
“I expect to be fired, but only after we are hammered in the last game of the season at Liverpool.”
And that last line of what Alan really said is not completely accurate, because Southampton were below us in the league when we played them, and now of course they are above us – which is one reason we needed at least a draw in that game.
And Southampton took a 4-1 beating at Manchester City on Saturday, to bring them back down to earth, after we had made them look like world-beaters in the previous game.
City concentrated on their weakness, which is defense, something we were unable to do at St. Mary’s with the powder puff attack we have at the moment.
And the same is true about Manchester United – we made them look much better than they really are – and they probably need to keep their feet firmly on the ground, and not get carried away by their 4-0 win against what was a poor Newcastle side.