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I’ll Go On Trying To Win Until I’m Told Not To

8:12 am, Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

One of the things that’s always been true of Alan Pardew is that he is a confident man – a person who has supreme confidence in his own abilities, even when things are not going well – which is the case at Newcastle at the moment.

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Alan Pardew – under pressure

Newcastle have now lost four games on the trot and failed to score in any of them, and in our last 16 league games we have lost 11 and failed to score in 12 of them – and that’s just a terrible record in anybody’s book. :(

And we have to remember that last season we had a run of 10 defeats in 13 league games – so it’s not like we are coming off a good season,  because we just avoided relegation last May.

The first half of the season went well – very well – and we picked up 33 points in our first 18 league games, and that’s saved us this season, otherwise we’d be like Sunderland and fighting relegation for a second successive season.

Alan Pardew has talked today at length about his relationship with the Newcastle fans, and it’s not good and the fans are not happy:

“I was in the city this week and a little boy standing next to my car had a sticker on him saying ‘Pardew Out’ and his friend was taking a picture of him. I waved at the little boy.”  “You’ve got to put up with things like that at times like this.

“My relationship with the fans has suffered. Their mentality towards me is not good at the moment. I’m in a precarious position with them but you can’t go through a managerial career and not experience something like this.”

“You have to understand this club has a religious fervor and it goes to extremes,” “I don’t think that will ever change.”

“Newcastle United is a club where you live and die by results and we’ve had four straight defeats so I’m in the doghouse at the moment … but life goes on.”

“I’ve been talking to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley about various matters other than the immediate problem. Transfers, the summer schedule. So although we know Saturday’s result is very important, the work goes on.”

“I don’t think of a worst case scenario,”  “I don’t have those negative things in my mind. I’m focusing only on winning against Swansea. You have to work to win the next game until you are told not to.”

One thing in Alan’s favor is that the owner took our best player away from the side in January – Yohan Cabaye – and that was another bad mistake by Mike Ashley.

Ashley didn’t replace Yohan and Joe Kinnear was then fired in early February, after a simply disastrous eight months as the Newcastle Director of Football.

Losing Yohan Cabaye could yet save Pardew his job, but there again if we lose the last four games, there’s going to be even more frustration and anger from the fans, who will want a change in management at the end of the season.

So these last four games are important and it’s also important we still finish as high up as possible in the league.

8th top is the best we can do, but if we allow both Stoke (3 points behind) and Crystal Palace (6 points behind) to overtake us – that could be the thing that will finally cost Alan Pardew his job at Newcastle.

A win today would go a long way towards that scenario not happening.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    So basically what he is saying is he will never walk?

    …how’s that for respect?

  • 2 Marty-Toon // Apr 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    He is for sure saying he won’t walk until he’s told to.
    Can’t see us getting anything today,again.
    Shola will probably be on the pitch ;-)
    De Jong and Cisse,Armstrong and Cisse or maybe it’ll be Ben Arfa and De Jong

  • 3 catchy in norway // Apr 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    ways to earn respect

    win games
    pardew had a nack of winning games ugly, playing his brand of “on the front foot football” it’s not how I like football , but it got him a lucky fifth place

    play fan favourites
    this is where he is going wrong big time, he talks about having no creativity in the squad, yet he has 2 very good players sitting there, pardew has spent 3 years telling anyone who would listen that HBA is a bad player because he does not track back , highlights every mistake the kids makes , then hangs him out to dry, yet if anyone cared to check facts , HBA has great attacking stats that DO warrant him being in the team , he is in our top 3 for pass completion with 83% complete he is still one of highest goals and assists , in fact he was higher than cabaye , in fact I bet if paul scholes was in our squad he would never get a game too, he was terrible at the defensive side if football , yet he was amazing going forward, he gave the ball away and did not chase back , hmmm make you wonder
    fans are backing HBA over pardew now

    then we come to the lies .

    pardew carnt help it, every time the guy opens his mouth, another lie, either covering himself or fat boy above him, he has already started with the fans should be excited about who we are bringing in the summer, hmm how many time will we fall for that old chestnut ?

    then you have his big book of excuses.

    no we have not had the dog ate my home work yet, but we have had every other one out there, it took a humiliating back page for the Sunday sun for him to kind of backtrack and say I have to take some of the blame , SOME?

    no there is a point of no return , and pardew has now passed that
    results
    poor football
    lost the fans
    lost the local press
    lost some if not all the players ( not Elliotte)
    the only one I see him getting back is results, by flucky lucky wonder goals

    time to earn some respect by doing the right thing and walking without compensation , then and only then will you get it

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Good work little man. You’ll have the adults chanting that all game with any luck, Alan. Just like the last game. Then you can disappear off and take your abysmal football with you.

    He is used to the turmoil which comes from being a less than capable chancer of a manager. His other clubs held demonstrations to get him away from their clubs. It worked for them, but under the obese one, who knows?

  • 5 Sav // Apr 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Losing Cabaye may save Pardew? If we hadn’t sold him we wouldn’t be in this mess. That, my friends is still down to Monster Mash and no-one else.

  • 6 isleofmanman // Apr 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Since when has a Premier League football manager ever been told not to win FFS !!!???

    Even if we win 5-0 today the man is and will remain out of his depth at this level

    Nothing personal. Just a fact.




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