Alan Pardew faced maybe the most difficult day of his management career yesterday, and if Newcastle had been beaten 2-0 by Hull City – which with 20 minutes to go looked almost a certainty, Alan could have been out of his job as Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew – at the game yesterday
But things worked in almost a miraculous way after Papiss Cisse was brought on after 69 minutes with Newcastle 2-0 down, and you talk about a player having an impact in his first appearance for the side since last April.
Papiss was simply unbelievable, and he seemed to have been inspired by the plight of his team-mate Jonas Gutierrez, who is fighting against testicular cancer, and Jonas needs all the support he can get right now from Newcastle fans.
Here’s Jonas’ Twitter account if you want to send him a message of encouragement – believe me – given what Jonas is going through now – every message helps.
Papiss Cisse saved Newcastle with two good goals, and it was a courageous fight-back by our lads in those last 20 minutes, and let’s give credit where credit is due – our players played their hearts out for the shirt yesterday.
Certainly Alan Pardew seemed to get a reprieve in those final 20 minutes of yesterday’s game:
“I have to say thank you to them for that because big sections of our fans more or less took a neutral position today.”
“I don’t expect them to have been supporting me or in any way wanting to cheer for me personally, but I think they just took a view of loving their football club and just seeing what happened today, and I think we did enough on the pitch to win a few friends today.¨
“I think our fans are realistic – they know the top six is beyond us. We can’t compete with those clubs at the moment. But we should be competing for seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, we have proven that we can do that in the past.¨
“We are well short of it at the moment and I am not going to jump up and down here for a 2-2 draw at home to Hull, but it’s a stepping stone to that area where this club needs to be.”
Why does Alan keep saying we cannot challenge for the top six – heavens above – we were 5th top just over two years ago – so why can’t we do that again?
The Newcastle manager is making a mistake when he thinks he can lower the expectations of Newcastle fans – we want our club to be in the top six in England – and there’s absolutely no good reason why we cannot do that – we’ve done it before and we can do it again.
Ashley and Pardew and everybody else running Newcastle United right at the moment need a big shot of ambition.
Where’s Freddy Shepherd when we need him! 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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