65 year-old Neil Warnock will be on the touchline tomorrow at St. James’ Park, for his first game in charge again of Crystal Palace, who he managed from 2007 through 2010.
Neil Warnock – on the touchline tomorrow
Newcastle have lost, drawn and won their first three games – in that order – and we are really hoping we can get our first league win tomorrow, although the concern is whether we can scored goals against Crystal Palace.
There’s a two week International break coming up, and it’s always good to win the game before that, and terrible if we lose. 🙁
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“I know Neil well,” “He’s been there before, so he knows the club.” “It’s a good signing for them in terms of experience, and we play them in the cup as well, so we’ll see how they’re playing under Neil at close hand.”
“I understand why they appointed him.” “As a club, Palace are trying to grow.” “One year in is not growing, you need that second and third year, as Hull have done.”
“You look at them, and their squad, and they look like an established Premier League side.” “With the TV deal, all of us already in the Premier League have a huge advantage over the rest, and we’re all trying to capitalize.”
“My romantic vision is to aim higher than Palace manager, not being disrespectful to Palace as it’s still a club which is close to my heart.”
“If we get a win, it would have been a good start for us,” “I’ve actually been very pleased with the start.” “The City game was always going to be defining, to a degree, how we coped with so many new signings – not with the result, but the performance.”
“We took that into the second and third game and now, in the fourth, there is a little more pressure on us.” “And that is something new players have to cope with.”
“I don’t think our fans would have expected us to win at Villa, but they expect us to win on Saturday, and that brings a different pressure – new players will have to cope with that.”
The task tomorrow for Newcastle is to keep playing the decent football we have played in the first three games, but to put away some of the chances we create, which we haven’t managed to do in the first three games.
And if we do struggle tomorrow in front of goal, whether we win or not, that should be a signal to Lee Charnley and others that we do need another goalscorer.
We would expect Newcastle to go all out in the last couple of days of the summer transfer window, and try to sign another striker.
We’re not too sure who that could be.
What do you think?
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