This is a critical season for Newcastle United and certainly a critical one for Alan Pardew, and at the very least Newcastle will need to finish in the top ten if Alan is to remain the Newcastle manager next summer.
Critical season for Alan Pardew and Newcastle
Alan’s job is in danger not only because of the poor results of the last two seasons, but also because of his antics on the touchline which culminated in a long stadium ban after he head-butted Hull City player David Meyler
Unfortunately, whatever he does in his future career, that’s what a lot of people will remember Alan Pardew for – whether that’s fair or not.
And Pardew has not been shy in telling everybody he has been delighted with this summer’s transfer window, when we have brought in nine players so far:
|Siem de Jong||£6M||Ajax|
|Facundo Ferreyra||£1.6M - Season Loan||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Jamaal Lascelles||£4M||Nottingham Forest|
|Karl Darlow||£3M||Nottingham Forest|
But when you think we got around £32M for Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy this year that means it’s still only a net outlay so far of about £3M, although there may still be a couple of signings before September 2nd, and on the other hand if we sell Cheick Tiote this summer, we could actually make money this year on our transfers.
Newcastle now have some good players in the squad and Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Manu Riviere and Jack Colback all made their competitive debuts on Sunday against Manchester City, and debuts were also given to 18 year-old Rolando Aarons and 21 year-old Ayoze Perez, and all six played well.
Pardew talked about his new players today:
“They were solid – and they will get better too. It’s difficult to settle in the Premier League.” “They had to come in at champions level against Man City.”
“I think they did very well.” “The 2-0 scoreline somewhat clouded it but the fans had enough to see.”
2-0 was never reflective of the game, and if we could have equalized in those last few minutes with a couple of great chances we had – who knows – we could maybe have even won the game.
But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – it didn’t happen and we lost 2-0, but the display was good – especially in that second half, and now we have to go all out for a win at Villa Park on Saturday.
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