Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that after the humiliation last Saturday at Southampton, when we taken to the cleaners 4-0 for the second time running on the south coast, the Newcastle manager had a long conversation with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley on the day after the game.
Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley
This is what Alan Pardew has said today during his news conference for the upcoming Hull City game, about what has happened since the Saints game:
“It has not been an easy week,” “I’ve spoken to the group about it and if we go behind in games we have to show a better spirit.¨
“I had a long conversation with Mike Ashley on Sunday. We both agreed to focus on this Saturday and try to get a win for Newcastle.”
What Alan doesn’t say there, is in what was a long conversation – what other things were said.
If we were to hazard a guess at what Ashley said, it would be that the results so far this season are unacceptable, especially with all the new players Newcastle have brought in, and Alan and the team must improve quickly – otherwise changes will be made.
It seems to us that if Newcastle are beaten again on Saturday, it’s almost certain that Mike Ashley will then call time on Alan Pardew being manager at the club – and Sunday’s conversation could have included such a warning.
The manager and the fans are not going to be helped by the massive demonstrations planned against Pardew at St. James’ Park on Saturday – and you can bet the media will be all over that – both and after the game, whatever the result.
If it’s another defeat there will be even more calls for Alan Pardew to be fired.
It’s going to be a hostile atmosphere for the players on Saturday – no doubt about that – but it’s also time our players showed some guts, fight, courage and spirit, and not go down without a fight, as they did last week at Southampton.
Maybe Alan can talk about the guts and spirit Jonas Gutierrez has shown in his fight against cancer over the last year, and use that to try to inspire the players into going all out and playing at their very best on Saturday afternoon.
It’s time for some of our players to grow up – and quickly too.
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