Alan Pardew could well be managing his final game for Newcastle at Liverpool on Sunday in the final game of the season, and we just hope we can end the season on a positive note and get a result.
John Carver and Alan Pardew discuss tactics on Saturday
Is that too much to ask?
This is what Alan told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’ve got to apologize for the six games that went before Cardiff.” “At least, we’ve put it to an end. It’s not cured the situation, but we’ve stopped a difficult period.”
“We had winning momentum in November,” “But when momentum goes the other way, it can make you look worse than you are, which I think it did. It wasn’t that bad. We proved that.”
A question at the end of those comments – how and when did we prove it wasn’t that bad?
Certainly not against Cardiff City on Saturday – we were awful in that second half and a better side would have taken advantage – but Cardiff demonstrated why they are going down to the Championship – by missing their chances to score.
Maybe Alan is trying out some of the lines he will use when he meets with Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board early next week, as they review the season, and presumably Mike Ashley decides Alan’s fate, and whether he stays on as Newcastle manager.
It’s simply been a nightmare for Newcastle fans since Boxing Day, but we could still finish in 9th place in the league, and if that happens it could be that Pardew even keeps his job, especially since the owner sold our best player in January.
But news today in L’Equipe that Newcastle are looking at St. Etienne manager Christophe Galtier, but he’s largely an unknown quantity, and the few French managers – apart from Arsenal great Arsene Wenger of course – who have tried their luck in the Premier League, have not been too successful.