Alan Pardew spoke with the press for the first time since after the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace almost two weeks – a game we should probably have own when we went ahead with a first ever Mike Williamson goal with just two minutes to play in normal time but allowed Palace to equalize with two minutes to play in the seven minutes of stoppage time.
Alan Pardew – under pressure
Siem de Jong damaged his thigh in training at the start of the international break early last week and it looks like it’s a long time out for the Dutch International – thought to be around four months.
Alan talked about Siem’s injury and the pressure on him after having got just 2 points in our first three league games:
“It’s difficult to assess,” “It’s whether he has an operation on the injury which we’ll probably determine this week. I’m suggesting certainly he won’t be back for the next three months. After that it could be any time really.”
“It’s part and parcel of the Premier League,” “We’ve not won a game yet so the teams that haven’t won a game, the pressure is on those particular managers.¨
“More so on me because of the back end of last year when we weren’t good enough, but I think we’re good enough this year,, and I think our results will reflect that.”
A win would certainly lift the mood of Newcastle fans on Saturday – but that looks like a tall order for Newcastle – unless we can play near our very best form.
And with 12 sackings in the Premier League last season, there’s no PL manager who can be sure his job is safe – and that’s true even for new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal – never mind Alan Pardew.
We are not expecting too much out of the game on Saturday, so we’ve given the lads have ample opportunity to surprise us with a good result. 😀
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