Any manager who has presided over 11 defeats in 16 league games would be under pressure and then their job is to somehow get the team out of the rut, and that;s what Alan Pardew has to do in the final four games of the season.
Alan Pardew – not looking good on Saturday
But with two of those games being at Arsenal and at Liverpool on the last day of the season, we see no way we can get anything out of those games, and just hope we on;t get hammered – although by the last game of the season we should have a fairly decent team with Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko also back.
We have to remember also that this was a season where Pardew was to prove himself after we had that nightmare last season when we were almost relegated for the second time in just four years.
The first part of the season went very well – very much like when we finished 5th top in 2012, but it;s been an absolute disaster this year.
It’s hardly surprising the manager doesn’t feel safe with the fans and some of the local media having turned on him, and he had this to say in the Journal yesterday:
“I don’t feel safe. I never feel safe as a Premier League manager. We live sort of five to six games as we go, in terms of the pressure building from the media.”
“I don’t actually think the local media in the North East helped us this week. They whipped it up for whatever reason. I know one or two have been banned from the stadium and they probably use that as a bit of an agenda.
“Which is a bit of shame for us because we want them to support us.” When the matter of the fans’ frustrations was raised, Pardew, to be fair, did not try to hide from the fact the support have turned on him.
“It adds to it really, if you lose in the manner in which we lost, but also the quality of the opposition.” “We’ve had four really tough games and unfortunately they have all resulted in defeats and no goals.”
“That is a tough spell to have as Newcastle manager. The frustration, I understand.” “I can only do the best job I can with the group, and I’m honestly trying to do that.
“I can only respond by trying to get the team in the best possible place for a result.”
We have no idea what Mike Ashley is thinking at the moment, but the manager has to get some points on the board out of these final four games of the season, and it’s obvious that for whatever reason – he is simply not getting the best out of the players available.
And there have been reports of dressing room unrest, but it’s not clear how bad they have been, and after all it’s hardly going to be a happy place, when you lose five of six games and score only one goal.
In fact in that sense it’s good if the players are unhappy and frustrated in the dressing room – we wouldn’t want them to be any other way, under these horrible circumstances.
We need a win on Saturday to clam things down a bit.