The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that from what he knows behind the scenes, Newcastle are in a strong position, but you would have a hard job convincing fans of that – although Alan does say five defeats on the trot have put a stain on things at the club.
The top three at Newcastle – Charnley, Pardew and Ashley
Pardew returns to the dug-out tonight for the first time since he was seen to head but David Meyler of Hull City – news that made (negative) headlines around the world for Newcastle United – we may add.
That happened on March 1, and since then we have taken 3 points from those seven games.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the state of Newcastle:
“From where I sit as Newcastle manager, looking at the club, I think it’s in a strong position,” “These short-term results over the last five games have really put a bit of a stain on it.”
“We need to remove that stain by getting a result and then we can look forward to a good summer.” “We came close to replacing Cabaye but not close enough for our fans.”
“They wanted someone over the line as a replacement for Cabaye but we just couldn’t manage to do it. We ran out of time but it wasn’t for the want of trying.”
But it still was a stupid thing to do – to sell your best player halfway through the seasons and not be able to replace him, and that was the Newcastle owner who did that – and not for the first time either.
What Mike Ashley needs to understand is that financial figures are not everything at a football club – and real success must happen on the pitch – and not just with Newcastle’s financial figures.
If he ever realizes that then maybe we can start building a top side again.
But the truth is – we cannot see that happening – not anytime soon anyway.
Maybe we’ll get some idea this summer if Ashley’s vision and ambitions for the Tyneside club have changed for the better?