After a sixth successive defeat in the Premier League, the heat is now on Alan Pardew full blast, and you wonder how long owner Mike Ashley is going to stand by doing nothing, as the team has simply completely collapsed this year, and we have the worst record of any club in the Premier League this year, and in our last nineteen games in all competitions, we’ve lost a staggering fourteen – how bad does it have to get?
Alan Pardew – it’s not comfortable
Alan Pardew returned to the sidelines following his seven match ban in which Newcastle lost six of those games, but there was no improvement tonight, as we were rather too easily beaten 3-0 by a vastly superior Arsenal side.
This is what Pardew said after the match:
“It is not comfortable. When you have gone six games and have not won the pressure builds in the Premier League and you have to be counted. In the second half we showed real character because it would have been easy to fold in the circumstances we were in.”
“It was tough for us tonight. We dug in, worked hard and tried to offer a threat but they were too good. We looked like we were in a good zone, coping well with a lot of movement from Arsenal, but it was a bad time to concede the first goal.”
“We need to focus on finishing in the top 10 and to do that we need to win on Saturday. We’ll be really up for it and hopefully we’ll get a win. We’re going to work hard in the summer to make sure we have a team that can make this city proud. I’m looking at the job as a long-term opportunity for myself. That’s how you have to focus.”
It’s interesting that Pardew mentions looking at the job as a long-term opportunity – but maybe he should look at the last two games as a short-term opportunity, and put an end to one of the worst losing streaks in Newcastle’s long history.
And last season wasn’t much better, when we went 13 league games and suffered 10 defeats, and we only just avoided relegation, and we have lost the last three games against Sunderland, for the first time since 1924.
It’s not good enough. 🙁