The local papers today are full of interviews with Alan Pardew about the very poor position Newcastle are in, after a terrible year so far, but the Newcastle manager is making it clear to fans that he will not give up, and will face things head on.
Loic Remy – back today hopefully
A fifth defeat on the trot today at home to lowly Swansea could be the tipping point, and things could get very ugly if Newcastle again play poorly and lose – which has been far too common this year.
This is what Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“This is tough, as this city lives and breathes its football,” “There are 52,000 at St James’s Park every other week, and that makes it very, very difficult.”
“I’m not the sort of person to hide or run away. I face it full on.” “I hope they back the team with their normal support, which is absolutely brilliant.”
“I’ll take responsibility if we win, lose or draw.” “We’ve got to live it with, and it’s tough being the manager of this football club with four defeats.”
“I had a similar situation at West Ham after we got beat in the play-off final by Crystal Palace.” “We had a run of games in the Championship where we didn’t do well, and there was real pressure on.”
“I’ve been in tough situations before.”
That experience should stand Pardew in good stead, but a manager’s job is all about getting results, and we haven’t done that too well over the last four months.
Today could be a pivotal game in Alan Pardew’s career at Newcastle and from the things he has been saying in the press today – it’s clear he knows that.
We should have Remy and Debuchy back, and that should help. and of course in our final four games we play two teams fighting relegation – Swansea and Cardiff – and two teams fighting for a top four place – Liverpool and Arsenal – so our opposition is under pressure too.
But another loss would be a disaster today.
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