Alan Pardew is under some pressure at the moment, and after the game yesterday and out 8th defeat in 11 league games, he took a shot at the local media and specifically ncjMedia, (the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun), who have been banned from asking questions since early November.
Alan Pardew – criticizes local press
This is some of what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“The local Press up in the North East has been damaging for us. They have come for us. They have been banned from the stadium, that has been reflected in the fans.”
“Yes, of course I noticed the protests. Four defeats in a row for a Newcastle manager – and we have ten senior players missing – that’s a difficult hole to fill at the moment.”
Pardew should explain what he means by 10 senior players missing – we have only four missing at the moment – Santon, Remy, Sissoko and Debuchy.
And as you may have expected, the Chronicle have come out today defending themselves against the after-the-game attack by the manager, and it’s all getting to be a sorry mess at the club.
Fans are furious with the play of the team over the last four games, and it hasn’t been all that much better in the last 17 games in all competitions, and we have lost 12 of them.
That’s simply a terrible record, and goes with the 10 games we lost in 13 league games last season, but at least we are not fighting relegation this season.
But Sunderland are, and they lost 1-0 at home to Everton yesterday, but they put in a some good effort in that game, but with Cardiff winning 1-0 at Southampton and Fulham winning 1-0 at home, it’s looking bad for the Black Cats — who visit Manchester City on Wednesday night and then Chelsea next Saturday.
We suppose the positive news is that Newcastle are at least not anywhere near the relegation zone, but that seems small comfort following the terrible form and results of this year.
We hope this Alan Pardew against the local press argument doesn’t get out of hand in the coming week – but it seems battle lines have been drawn.