I would hazard a guess that every single Newcastle fan who saw the game last Saturday at Southampton was disappointed and upset at the performance of the Magpies.
Mike Ashley – does not look happy last Saturday
Breaking news – he was upset with performance
And Alan Pardew has today accused the fans of being in some kind of mass hysteria this week – which will be the big news tomorrow – you can bet on that.
This is what Alan said about last Saturday, and about Ashley’s reaction to the rather pathetic performance at St, Mary’s:
“This situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria, to a degree. It’s really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for players to perform in. I am hoping we can turn that around.”
“There’s nothing I can do about that. I can’t affect things I can’t affect. The only thing I can really affect this Saturday is the team, my manner, my bench’s manner and everything else that we do in terms of our conduct in that game.”
“We didn’t have a conversation regarding my position. He was upset with the performance, and I think he has every right to be that as an owner. I told him some things which I think should be sorted out and some things that can help me.”
“At the end of the day, Mike and myself do not want Newcastle to lose. We want to have the best possible team and we want to win.”
“Now at the moment, of course, we haven’t got that, so how are we going to achieve it? I think it was about how he could help me this week and support me, and I appreciate that.”
It seems surprising that Alan Pardew’s future was never discussed in that conversation with the owner last Sunday, and it would also be interesting to know which things Alan told the owner he would like sorted out.
But at the end of the day, the manager is always responsible for getting the very best out of the squad he has at his disposal – that’s why they get the big bucks.
And the Newcastle manager has already said he thinks the new players coming in over the summer made the squad stronger, and that he wasn’t complaining.
Pardew said he thought the recruitment team had done a good job, and it would be difficult to take that back now, especially if the results don’t improve quickly.
Basically, Newcastle need to win on Saturday against Hull City.
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