Newcastle will go to Liverpool on Saturday trying to get our first win there since Kevin Keegan’s team of 1994 won there 2-0, but there are not many Newcastle fans who think we can get a result on Sunday – given the very poor form we have shown since Boxing Day – but you just never know with Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – still determined to get the players ready for Sunday
And Alan Pardew was asked what he felt about some groups who are pushing for Alan to be fired, and this is what he told the Shields Gazette:
“Obviously, I’m a little bit sad about the situation,” “But my resolve has to be strong to make sure the players are ready for Liverpool.”
“We need to go to Anfield and put in a top performance.” “We need to make sure that we start next season in the same position we started this season.”
“We had a strong team and were challenging for Europe.” “But towards the back end of the season, we have not been that good. We need to accept that, accept the criticism and make the right calls.”
Of course it has to be said in Alan’s defense that the owner Mike Ashley – in his wisdom and for the second time in three years – sold our best player in January and didn’t replace him.
And that not only deprived us of a goalscorer and creative player in Yohan Cabaye, but it couldn’t have gone over well with the players and probably hit the morale of the squad.
Ashley again showed money is more important than the team at Newcastle.
But our fall has been almost catastrophic in losing 13 of the 19 league games since Boxing Day, and our players should have done a lot better.
The players also have to take some of the responsibility of our season dying on the vine – and a number of them will not be around come September.
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