Alan Pardew knows he is in trouble with the fans at Newcastle United, after a terrible year of results so far, with five defeats in the last six games and four defeats on the trot.
Alan Pardew – last week at the Britannia Stadium
And before today’s important game at home to struggling Swansea, Pardew has talked about the trouble he is in – at least with the fans:
“I would suspect that more than half the fans would want me out.” “It’s somewhat frustrating because I want the respect of these people and when you haven’t got it, it hurts, I’m not going to hide from that.”
“Opinions do change, though,” “And I’m determined to change the fans’ opinions.” “This is a club which brings a lot of pressure and you do feel that pressure.”
“It’s been a tough week. There’s a lot of pressure on my players to win this game, but the team is not playing with great confidence.”
If things don’t go well this afternoon then things could boil over at St. James’ Park very quickly, and last week there were banners wanting Pardew out – so it’s important for the side, and for Alan Pardew in particular, to get a good start in this match.
If Swansea do go ahead, things could get very nasty very quickly.
Let’s hope we have both Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back in the side from injury – we hope it’s 52,000 at the ground – and we hope we can get our first win in five games.
That’s what’s needed to lift the mood on Tyneside today.
Note: Craig Finnigan is a Newcastle fan and graduated from Newcastle College in 2011, and he has created a one-off key ring, and all the profits will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
You can view and buy the specially designed key ring here.