Alan Pardew gave his press conference very early at 9:00 this morning for the Arsenal game, and he was surprisingly upbeat when he talked to reporters, and it seems the squad has had a good week in training, and that Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy, and the fit again Moussa Sissoko, will all start at the Emirates on Monday night.
Alan Pardew – upbeat at press conference
We mention the manager was upbeat because he’s taken a bit of a mauling in the press this week, with so much talk that his job is on the line, and he could be replaced at the end of the season..
Alan admitted the results have just not been good enough, and that what the squad and the coaching staff need to do is to turn it around before the end of the season, and Pardew will again be on the sidelines, after serving his seven match ban for head-butting David Meyler on March 1st.
Shola Ameobi’s comments in mid-week, that the squad was simply not strong enough was brought up, and Alan addressed that, as well as saying the squad would be strengthened in the summer.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said:
“Shola’s comments were something that we carry across the whole club,” “He’s an experienced player at this football club.”
“He has good knowledge of the game and a good knowledge of this football club.” “He knows there’s an improvement we need to make here.”
“Since we lost Yohan in this window, we need to go back to that level at least.” “A stronger squad is the way forward.”
“That’s something I don’t think me, the board and Mike have any issues on.” “We’re all pretty solid on it.”
On the positive side, it does look like Newcastle are already in negotiations for a number of good players, and we just hope a number of them are brought in early in the window, so they are available for all of pre-season.
Stoke City were beaten 1-0 at home today by Tottenham, so they are still just 2 points behind Newcastle and they have two games to play, so if we can get a win before the end of the season, we would have a decent chance of staying above them in the league, and maybe finishing in the top ten.
If we can get anything at all at the Emirates on Monday night it will be a (very) good result, that’s for sure.