BBC pundit Alan Shearer said the obvious on Match of the Day last night, when he said that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is under huge pressure at Newcastle following another 4-0 defeat at Southampton yesterday, for the second season running.
Alan Pardew during yesterday’s humiliation
In truth Newcastle looked almost completely hopeless yesterday – especially in defense – and the side were just no match for Southampton, who were dominant in the game almost throughout.
This is what Alan Shearer told Match of the Day last night:
“He is under huge pressure.” “Results have not been good enough since January. From the very first minute, Southampton went after Newcastle and they could not cope with it.
“Having said all that, I am led to believe they spent nearly £40M – and on players that come in and go out, the manager does not have a say in that.”
“It might work for a year or two but inevitably, in the long run, that does not work.”
Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League on goal difference – which is a massive -6 after only four games – and we have conceded 10 goals in those games which are two draws and two defeats.
Newcastle conceded 59 goals in the league last season and a worst ever 68 goals the season before that, when we fought against the drop, and we haven’t done too much to strengthen the defense since then, with central defense again looking poor yesterday – and Mike Williamson had a bit of a howler.
Alan Pardew offered few excuses for the terrible display of the Newcastle side yesterday to BBC five:
“All I can do until told otherwise is plan the group for next week at home to Hull.”
And Pardew seemed to shift some blame to the fans, as he told BBC Match of the Day:
“The scrutiny is not going to help because the performance from the start put us on the back foot,” “The fans were on us from the start, on me in particular. That didn’t help the situation.”
Newcastle fans are now waiting to see whether Mike Ashley will take any action and possibly fire Pardew early next week.
Unfortunately, if Alan is given a chance against Hull City next Saturday, there will probably be demonstrations against him during the game, and that atmosphere will hardly be one that is conducive to help the players get a win – which is sorely needed.
We lost this same fixture last season 3-2 against Geordie Steve Bruce’s side.
We don’t think the Newcastle owner can let this situation go on for too long before some action is needed – and it needs to be decisive action.
At some point – sooner rather than later – we all need to get behind the lads and start to pick up some points.
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