If Alan Pardew is to leave the Tyneside club it will not be by hos own hand – and he’s made it very clear he will not resign from his position as manager of Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – doing the best I can
This is what Pardew has said to the press today:
“It has been suggested that I don’t care about this position, and that I’ve got this long contract so I’m going through the motions – nothing could be further from the truth.”
“I was absolutely sick after the game on Saturday, and the performance we put in was just not worthy of this football club.” “I’ve been accused of not taking responsibility for the defeat, but I think a lot of that is because I won’t criticize the players. But I love this football club.”
“I have been hurt this week, but for me, it’s really about, ‘What can I do then?’ Well, I’m under contract at this football club, and therefore I have to make sure I do the best possible job I can under the circumstances. That’s what I’m doing.”
“I’m pulled here and there, but as soon as I say, ‘Right, that’s me’, then I can’t offer any help to anyone,” “That’s not the way I am, and it’s not the way I’ve been made.”
“I’ll constantly be thinking, ‘What can I do to address this problem or improve this player’ until such time as I’m told I can’t. That’s how I’ve always worked, and how I’ll always be.”
“You can’t be in this job as long as I have been without having some tough days. This will be one of my toughest, but there is a resilience in my soul. It’s not an arrogance or my ego getting carried away – that’s not the reason I’m going to front it out.”
“It’s about being professional and going out there this weekend and being as strong as we can be. We will be trying to win back as many fans as we can with our performance – even if it’s just one that would help.”
It’s likely because of the demonstrations planned against Pardew by fans at tomorrow’s game, that we will not see him on the touchline at all – because that would only rile the fans.
It will be up to assistant manager John Carver to give out instruction and the like from the touchline.
Really Alan is in a difficult position tomorrow afternoon, because it’s a case of he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
If he’s not seen on the touchline which was the case at Southampton, there will be criticism in the press, and if he does come to the touchline and riles up the fans, he will be criticized for doing that too.
One thing that may happen is that Newcastle get a couple of early goals and the crowd (possibly) settle down, – and while that’s always possible it’s hard to see it happening – after the last two performances – how this side has many goals in them,.
But you never know – we could always get a couple of own goals?
After all this is Newcastle United.
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