Alan Pardew has talked about how difficult it will be for him today at St. James’ Park, where the crowd will be hostile towards him and there will be demonstrations that call for him to be fired.
Alan Pardew – must win today
At the moment Alan Pardew is still supported by the owner Mike Ashley, but that could change quickly with another defeat today.
This is what Alan Pardew has said when asked whether it will be a difficult afternoon for him – a rather silly question in the circumstances:
“Of course.” “You don’t expect me to wave to the crowd and say ‘hi everyone, I’m happy, how are you today?’. That’s not happening.” “But it can also make you stronger – it can make the players stronger too.”
“We have talked about the Cardiff game and coming through that. we knew before that game how much pressure there would be. There was more pressure on the players that day than on me.”
“That was the first time I have ever experienced that.” “As a manager, you have to use your knowledge and resolve to deal with certain situations.”
“I had some really testing times last season, as we know. It’s about being a manager who can control certain situations.” “I have changed my management this year in terms of spending more time away from the touchline. I will just gauge the situation on Saturday.”
“I’m not nervous at the moment, no, and I’m not in fear of it either.” “That’s not an ego or an arrogance thing, that’s just the way I am wired.”
“I kind of want the game now, I want to play it. I want to get it done and I want to get a win.”
But it’s not about how Alan Pardew will handle the animosity of the crowd this afternoon, for Alan it has to be about getting a result, he’s in the results business, and hopefully a win is possible – since that’s the only way Pardew will be able to save his job.
There are probably three basic scenarios that can play out given the current situation at Newcastle:
- Alan Pardew will be fired and another manager quickly brought in – and if that happens it’s just a pity Ben Arfa is no longer with us – because he would have like a new signing for us
- Alan Pardew, against all the odds turns things around and we win today, and he survives once more, and Newcastle start to get our act together and we start to pick up points and rapidly climb the table
- Alan Pardew remains in charge, but it’s much like two seasons ago and we struggle and have another fight against relegation
There are other scenarios of course – like a new manager is brought in and things don’t improve, but for simplicity – the major ones are the three above.
The third scenario is the worst of the three, and it could become like six years ago, when the club was also in disarray after Kevin Keegan left the club, Mike Ashley tried to sell Newcastle but was unsuccessful, and Newcastle ended up being relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever.
That’s the disaster scenario for Newcastle this season, and unless the situation improves quickly, that has to be a possibility.
We are praying that doesn’t happen.
But for Alan Pardew to save his job, Newcastle have to start winning, and it has to start today against Hull – however difficult the atmosphere may be at St. James’ Park.
What do you think?
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