Even Alan Pardew knows that he must be close to the sack at Newcastle, if he cannot get some good results on the board in the next game or two – particularly the next game against Hull at home on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – getting close to the sack
The 53 year-old Londoner has been close to the sack at least a couple of times before – first when we struggled against relegation eighteen months ago – and then again in the summer when we lost seven of our last eight games and fell apart half way through last season.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the horror show on Saturday on the south coast:
“I think as a group, and individually, we’re better than we showed, and I take responsibility for that,” “It’s a heavy defeat when we were looking for so much more.”
“It was a typical performance when we come here,” “We didn’t start great, and they had pressure before that first goal. They got that goal and then it was always going to be uphill for us.”
“The second goal was an error and a bit of fortune on their part, and then you really have got a battle. It was a tough day to take.” “We had two injuries this week that were particular blows mentally to us,” said Pardew.
“To then concede two goals like that, it’s very, very difficult to dig yourself out. After 20 minutes, I thought we regrouped. We were better, and I think at that point we needed a break.”
“Moussa Sissoko had a great chance, and unfortunately it didn’t go in, and we really needed that.” “It was that time of the game that we needed to score, and we had a good bit of pressure.”
“Second half, again we conceded a bad goal and then the game was gone.” “Then it really was about damage limitation really.”
We were hopeless in last season’s game at Southampton, but something happened we didn’t expect last Saturday – we were even worse this time around – and it was really hard to watch – a real horror show.
Just how long Mike Ashley will let this thing go on for is a very good question, but we think another defeat on Saturday at home against Hull – a side we should be able to beat – could force the owner to call time on Pardew’s tenure at the club.
And if that happens we hope Newcastle have done their homework, and have a good manager already lined up to try to pull Newcastle out of this terrible form we have been in all this year. 😀
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