Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the important game against Swansea City on Saturday, and he has said one or two interesting things – one of which is that the Newcastle fans are fair, but the team have not been fair to the fans in the last four games.
Alan Pardew – fans are fair
Alan caused great controversy after the defeat at Stoke, when he basically blamed the local press for the defeat, and that didn’t go down too well with the fans, and it certainly didn’t go down well with the local press.
And it caused a fire-storm early last week, and at times it was a bit scary with all the negative press, but it seems Alan has tried to be more conciliatory today – at least to the fans.
This is some of what Alan has said in his press conference
“If you lose four on the trot as Newcastle manager it’ll always be difficult.” “We all have to shoulder the responsibility, none more so than myself.”
“I think the fans are fair.” “And we haven’t been fair to them recently with our performances.” “I want to bring back that harmony we had with them not so long ago.”
“We have got three or four back in the training ground, Remy and Debuchy are back training, Sissoko is running.” “I hope that the fans give the team great backing.”
“I hope that we can put in a performance that helps because it goes hand in hand.” “Swansea are a great footballing side, they keep the ball and frustrate you – we have to be patient and take our chances.”
Pardew has done the right thing, because the number one rule of leadership when things are going wrong is that the leader must take full responsibility – it goes with the territory – and Alan seems to have finally done that – and that’s a good thing.
It’s also good that Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy look like they will make the Swansea game, and Moussa should be back for the game at the Emirates a week come Monday night.
There were signs unfolded wanting rid of Pardew at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, and there could be similar protests at the game on Saturday.
Quite honestly, for the sake of the club, we just hope we can break our four game losing streak and get a win on Saturday, and of course Swansea have their own problems off the field at the moment.
But we know the Geordie fans will always support their players – just as long as they are giving 100% – so it will be important for the lads to make a good start in Saturday’s game.
We are hoping for a win on Saturday – but 64% of our fans think we’ll lose the game.
A win will significantly lift the dire mood on Tyneside at the moment.
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