We think it does make a difference to have the manager on the touchline during a game, but whether we could have done better over the last seven games when Alan Pardew was banned from the touchline – we don’t know, but probably not – because we have played so poorly as a team in those games.
Alan Pardew after win against Manchester United
But when Alan Pardew makes his case to Mike Ashley to stay on as Newcastle manager at the end of the season, he will probably make the case it was because he was banned.
But that works both ways – and of course he was the person responsible for getting himself the ban in the first place – when we were winning the game easily 3-1 at the time of the altercation with David Meyler – and it was through a complete lack of discipline and decorum.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about being on the touchline:
“It always makes a difference because we are a team and it is important the manager has a voice on the side.”
“There are a couple of times you need to control a player if he has made a mistake or done something good, to reinforce some belief in them.”
“I am disappointed we have ended up with a defeat on Monday, but I think overall we have no injuries so Saturday is an important game for us,” he said. “We need to focus on that to get ourselves a win.”
The advantage Newcastle have on Saturday is that Cardiff City maybe even more demoralized than we are, and after all – here’s a little bit of positivity I’ve managed to get into this article - at least we will be in the Premier League next season.
But in the initial voting on the result of the game, fans are not confident of a win – with less than one in five thinking we can beat the bottom of the league side at home on Saturday.
That doesn’t sound too good.
But you never know, maybe Newcastle can surprise us on Saturday – on the positive side?
It’s happened before.