Alan Pardew met with the press yesterday for the first time since that last day of the transfer window, when Newcastle allowed both Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa to leave the club, but because at the time both players were fringe players at best, the manager didn’t particularly think it was a big deal to let both players leave on loan.
Alan Pardew – we’re stronger club now than when I arrived
There’s also been a poll by the Chronicle on whether Pardew should be sacked and 85% said yes – but we’re not sure if the poll allowed a person to vote multiple times – which we never do in our polls.
That’s because results can easily be skewed if readers vote multiple times, and the more zealous fans tend to get their multiple votes in – and it’s not a fair representation of what readers really think.
But it also wasn’t too much of a surprise that so many want Alan Pardew out after what happened on September 1st, and over the last two seasons – which have been very poor.
Alan Pardew has talked at some length about his loss of support with fans:
“Of course it’s important for the fans to respect and honor what you’re doing and I think maybe some of that trust was lost at the back end of last season.”
“There could be a number of arguments why you would consider that to be my fault, and I would have to accept those if that was the opinion of the fans.”
“All I can do is honor what I think I do for this football club, and that’s an honest job. I have to try to put a team out that not only wants to win the game, but also does so in a manner I think works for this team.”
“You can only really enhance that relationship with the fans by winning games, and we need to win some, simple as that,” “The pressure that the local media, and media in general, put on me at this football club will never change. I think it will always be the same.”
“Sometimes, when you’re at a club for a long time, and I’m the second longest serving manager in the Premier League now, it becomes a little more difficult, especially at a club of this size. People ask, ‘why haven’t you won a trophy,’ but we haven’t won a trophy at this club since 1969.”
“It’s very, very difficult. I have to try to look at the bigger picture – a bigger picture than the local media and some of our fans – but I also understand there’s an immediate world we live in.”
“Immediate results are important, and I can’t take my eye off that either.” “I can’t think about last year because this is a totally different group, with a completely different spirit and idealism.”
“I think we’ve got better, and we’re a stronger club than when I arrived, a lot stronger. I don’t know how else you can gauge it.”
Alan is right when he says if results will improve the fans will start laying off him a bit.
Pardew and all PL managers are in the results business, and if they don’t get the results they usually get fired, and that’s especially true now when Premier League clubs receive so much money from the league via the huge TV rights.
About half the PL managers were fired last season – and that is not going to get much better (meaning less firings) for those PL managers who do not get the results this season.
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