We suppose there’s not too much else Alan Pardew can say other than he will continue doing the best he can and will fight on, as the Newcastle manager became the first Newcastle manager ever to lose six Premier League games in a row, and the first Newcastle manager to lose six league games in a row since Iam McFaul did that back in the 1986-1987 season.
Alan Pardew – I think fans are frustrated
Unfortunately Alan is also the first manager to lose three successive games to Sunderland since 1923 – or was it 1924?
And last season we lost 10 league games out of 13, when we just avoided being relegated, and if we play like we have this year next season, we will be relegated.
This is some of what the under-pressure Newcastle manager had to say after the game last night:
“I think they are frustrated. “We had 2,000 here. They made a long, long trip.” “Although we are playing a good team, they expected us to win the game.” (what – that’s crazy????)
“They have seen us lose again and they are not happy. I have to respect that.” “All I can do as a manager is make sure I do this job to the best of my ability.”
“We have been top 10 all year. This recent run is not something I am hiding from.” “We should have performed better in this run. We have to finish in the top 10.”
“If Cardiff think it is important for them on Saturday, trust me it is important for our fans we win.” “It is as big a game for us as it is for them.”
It will be like a relegation clash on Saturday – not because we are in relegation trouble – we are still 9th top of the league – but in the last 18 league games we are bottom of the Premier League with only 13 points, with Cardiff City second bottom.
And we have lost 14 of the last 19 games in all competition, because the same Cardiff City side beat us 2-1 at home in the FA Cup third round.
So we gave new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a winning start to his career as Cardiff City manager, but not many sides since early January have been so kind.
But that’s Newcastle this year – hopeless – completely hopeless – and the players also have to take responsibility for that.