The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is being realistic about all the news in the press this week, about his job being under pressure, and the favorite to replace him as the Newcastle manager is the recently sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes, who was always thought to be almost the perfect manager for a Mike Ashley owned Newcastle – since he had always got the very best out of his Everton team over eleven years – before making the move to Manchester last summer.
Alan Pardew – on the touchline again at the Emirates
Of course David Moyes has been torn apart in the press this week too, but you cannot accuse many of the Red Devils’ players of getting behind their new manager – to be fair to David – and they must share the blame for a terrible season at Manchester United – it will be their worst ever finish in the Premier League.
Of course Newcastle have also lost their last five games, and two of the last three games are at the Emirates and at Liverpool, where we very rarely take anything out of those games.
The last time we won at the Emirates was in early November of 2010 by a score of 1-0 – an Andy Carroll header just before half time – and that was a short five games before Chris Hughton was given the sack by Mike Ashley.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about all the speculation in the press this week:
“When you lose five games in the Premier League, if you can’t accept that there’s going to be some speculation about your job, then you are not being realistic.”
“I have to be realistic, but what I won’t do is focus away from what I do.” “I have worked really hard this week with the team and really focused on the team to make sure we put a performance in at Arsenal that we can be proud of.”
“The situation, the longer-term here, looks good, but in the short-term, we need to put it right.” “I think I will sit down a little bit more, but I still will be on the touchline.”
“It’s important that the team sees I’m there – we are a team and I am part of that.” “I have thought about my situation going forward, and I think I will be better for it.”
The best Alan Pardew can hope for is something like a shock win at Arsenal or at Liverpool (or both?), and then we have to hammer Cardiff City in our last home game of the season.
That’s especially true after they beat us 2-1 at home in the FA Cup third round in January, in what was another shameful result at St. James’ Park.
There’s still time to get some Geordie pride back on Tyneside before the end of the season – but it’s not looking particularly good.