Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the game at Stoke, and any chance of getting win went up ion smoke when he said Loic Remy wouldn’t make the game, but at least he’s back in training now and could make the home games against Swansea a week on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – even Alan cannot watch
Newcastle have been in bad slump over the last five games but we’ve also been without two of our best players in Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy, and Moussa Sissoko also missed the last game and will be out another two weeks too.
The season is limping to an end – and it’s just a good job we got 33 points in our first 18 league games, otherwise we would have been fighting relegation – with only 13 points from our last 15 games.
Alan was asked about the appointment of Lee Charnley as the new Managing Director at Newcastle:
“I’m pleased that Lee’s been appointed in that role,” “He’s somebody who knows the club inside out.”
“He’s worked on transfers and has good experience on those, and I hope we can work together in the summer to secure the players we need and we’re focusing on that at the moment.
“There’s absolutely no conflict in terms of where we’re going. The owner’s set out the criteria and we’ve got to bring in players to take us forward.”
“We’re in a position to bring in players in the summer and hopefully push on from where we finish this season, and that’s likely to be eighth, ninth or tenth.”
Lee’s appointment did not bring much hope to Newcastle fans because the very long statement issued by Lee on his appointment looked like it had been written by Mike Ashley.
And it basically said the club will keep doing what they’ve been doing, and not over-spend on players, and keep running a tight ship financially.
We’ve heard all that before.
Mike Ashley – not much to smile about
And that hasn’t got us much success in the seven years Ashley has owned the club – and in that time we’ve only qualified for Europe once.
And that was last season, and we were so inadequately prepared for that competition that we only just survived being relegated.
So Mike may have been wildly successful in his other business pursuits, but he has not brought much success to Newcastle United, and in the seven seasons he’s been owner, we have finished in the following league positions:
2009 18th – relegated
2010 – promoted as Champions from Championship
2012 5th – qualified for Europe League
2014 – 9th or 10th likely
That’s mediocre at best, and in the Premier League our average finishing position has been 12th, and that’s simply not good enough for a club with the prestige, history and fan support of Newcastle United.
That’s the truth about the third best supported club in England.