With some (but not all) Newcastle fan organizations pushing for a walkout at the game after 69 minutes tomorrow, it’s got to be very difficult for the lads to win the game, even if we manage to score a goal and are ahead at that time, and it seems a terrific chance for Cardiff City to get all 3 points and maybe even go above Sunderland again in the relegation battle.
And it could be seven defeats on the trot, but if there’s a walkout those circumstances probably will help Pardew more than hurt him in owner Mike Ashley’s eyes at the end of the season – that’s the way he thinks about these things.
Alan Pardew – pleads with fans to support the side
Of course not all fans believe in this walkout, and they want to support the team tomorrow in the terrible times we are in at the moment.
And Alan Pardew is aware of the walkout, and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:
“The club is the most important thing on Saturday,” “I know there are protests, and walking out on 69 minutes, but what comes first? This is a football match on a Saturday afternoon with fans wearing the black and white.”
“Trust me, the team is desperate to win, as it was against Swansea.” “You can’t imagine the disappointment afterwards.”“Then we had such a tough game at Arsenal, but we dug in.” “If we show that character on Saturday, I really hope they stay with us and support us.”
“We need support this week, we really do. We want to win for our staff at the ground.” “And we want to win for our fans and ourselves.” “No, I won’t walk away,” “I love this job, and I am going to fight as long as I can for it. That’s what I have always done.”
“I have been in tricky situations before. This is a situation where I perhaps need to dig deep, and I have got no problem in doing that.” “I will dig deep on Saturday and make sure I make the right decisions to get us a win.” “But really and truly in this job, you have to be cast in iron because if you start doubting yourself, then you are going to pass that on to the players.
“I have made it very clear that I am the manager at this football club, and let’s make sure that we make the right decisions on Saturday.” “But really and truly in this job, you have to be cast in iron because if you start doubting yourself, then you are going to pass that on to the players.
“I have made it very clear that I am the manager at this football club, and let’s make sure that we make the right decisions on Saturday.”
It’s almost like a civil war starting up at Newcastle at the moment, but there’s always been a history of strong fan action when things are not going well.
Newcastle fans are the best in the world to play for when things are going great, and we saw that in the fairly recent Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson eras over the last 20 years or so.
But when things go wrong it’s one of the hardest clubs to play for, and certainly one of the hardest clubs to manage.
There’s just no doubting that.
Fans at the game will have to make up their own minds about what they want to do after 60 minutes tomorrow – and do what they think is right.
We’d like the team to win tomorrow – shocking as that might sound – after six successive defeats.