Newcastle’s 52-year-old manager Alan Pardew’s job seems to be on the line in the last three games of the season, and the team needs to put in three good performances against Arsenal, Cardiff and Liverpool and get at least one win in those last three games.
Alan Pardew – we need a win
If we can do that then it’s likely, although not certain, that we can fend off both Stoke City and Crystal Palace, and get 10th place and finish in the top half of the table – and meet our target for the season.
And if we do that then the bonuses will be paid out – so maybe that could becomes an incentive for our players to show some fight and guts in the upcoming games, and that’s one of the things that’s been missing most of this year.
This is what Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’ve got a lot of hard work to do before the Arsenal game.” “We definitely need to give a credible performance and hopefully get some points.”
“Certainly, against Cardiff, we’ve got to win, whatever route it takes.” “Now we need to make sure regroup this week. “That was a body blow, really.”
“It’s important that we win at least one of these last three games top secure ta top ten place.” “Obviously, there have been teams who are chasing us down, and that’s the last thing we wanted.”
It’s the last thing we wanted, only because we have been so pathetic this year and especially the last five games – when we’ve managed to lose them all, and that’s the first time in our history that Newcastle have lost five Premier League games on the trot.
The relegation teams are all showing up for their games, and the players are now playing their hearts out for their clubs – but it’s hard to accuse Newcastle players of that.
The bottom four clubs Sunderland, Fulham, Cardiff City and Norwich City are fighting like crazy to keep their Premier League status, and it looks like Sunderland can even pull off a miracle of survival, after getting 4 points on the road at Manchester City and Chelsea in their last two games – and they are playing well.
That back-drop of guts and determination makes our side look even worse, and it’s very clear that Alan Pardew is simply not getting the best out of the players he has available, and if we lose our last three games – then Mike Ashley could call time on Alan Pardew’s tenure as manager on Tyneside.
What do you think?