Alan Pardew has to take a lot of responsibility for the current mess Newcastle are in because a manager’s job is all about results, and once the results stop coming then the manager is usually fired – and that’s especially true in the Premier League these days.
Graeme Souness when Newcastle manager 2004-2006
And that’s when things were going well. 😀
Graeme Souness knows what it’s like to be fired at Newcastle, and he lost his job in February of 2006, after only 17 months in the job, after he had replaced the great Sir Bobby Robson in September of 2004.
But Graeme is right to say football is all about results, as he had this to say today to Sky Sports:
“Results are everything in football,” “If you are not winning football matches then it used to be you got half a season, or usually a season, now you get six games. If you are in a job you know that is the case.”
“Newcastle are a big football club, with a very passionate football crowd, and a very frustrated crowd at times. They are not slow to show their emotions. But that is the price on the ticket of being a manager at Newcastle.”
“You know that if it does go wrong your head will be on the block, and be on the block pretty quickly. That is where he finds himself, unfortunately.”
Those are accurate remarks from Graeme, from a man who been through it at Newcastle.
We had twelve manager firings last season in the Premier League, and at the moment Pardew is the favorite to be the first PL manager fired this season.
But the manager cannot do much about players on the field making some horrendous personal errors, which happened on Saturday, and the players on the pitch have to also take responsibility for our poor start to the season.
They get paid enough money – that’s for sure – so they need to start getting their heads down in training and during the vital upcoming matches, so that they put in some (much) better performances than we have seen from them in the last couple of games.
If they can can do that then Newcastle United can quickly get out of the mess we are in at the moment – with or without a new manager.
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