There is an awful lot of negativity surrounding Newcastle United right now, after a terrible run of results this year, and the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers commented on it after the game yesterday, which we lost 2-1, although before the game we would have probably been OK with that fairly close result against the Premier League runners-up away.
Brendan Rodgers – don’t blame Alan Pardew
The truth is for the first 60 minutes we looked a good side, and played well, and we had an excellent game plan that seemed to be working well.
But then two goals in two minutes from Liverpool and Shola Ameobi was sent off and then Paul Dummett was sent off, made it into another bad day for Newcastle, and this year has been a nightmare for fans.
This is what Brendan Rodgers said after the game:
“I have to be honest, I can’t believe the stick Alan Pardew has got. He’s finished top ten. I understand the sheer scale of the club, Newcastle are an incredible football club with the size of it.”
“They went close to Champions League football and they’re a club who can be up there but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what has happened there.”
“I saw banners saying ‘Pardew out’ around the ground. The team hasn’t bought a player in 18 months, they’ve sold their best player in Yohan Cabaye. He’s not a magician.”
“When he had the players there they just missed out on Champions League so it’s not Alan Pardew’s fault. It’s not him. He’s a wonderful coach.”
“He showed when he had the players there’s a good organisation about his team, his team was dynamic, the supporters loved it and they got into Europe the following season.”
“They did well but it was difficult and I know because we were in the Europa League the first season I was here so I know how tough that is.” The shouts and the bits I’ve seen about whether he’s going to be there or not? He’s perfect for Newcastle.
“I think he’s shown that. If you’re a manager and you take the club (nearly) to the Champions League and you don’t sign a player permanently then don’t blame the manager. ”
And the obvious next few words there would be blame Mike Ashley – and Brendan is right in that we haven’t bought one permanent player since we brought in the five Frenchmen a year last January.
Owner Mike Ashley was desperate to save us from relegation, and four of the players were brought in over five days, after we lost at home to Reading – our 10th defeat in 13 league games.
Over half the managers in the Premier League lost their jobs this season, and the three relegated clubs – Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich all replaced their managers – and Fulham did it twice.
So replacing the manager is not a magic bullet that suddenly turns the side into a good one, and the truth is we finished in the top ten for only the third time in the last ten years, since Sir Bobby Robson was fired on 30th August, 2004 – the day before I retired from IBM.
That’s a stat that should leave fans really worried (the Bobby Robson one that is) – but on the positive side Alan Pardew has two of those top ten finishes in the last three seasons.
From the reports coming through, it looks like Alan will keep his job as the Newcastle manager.
What do you think?