Next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Stoke City on Monday night, but we see no reason why we cannot win that game, if the lads play as well as they have done in the last couple of games against Hull at home and at Crystal Palace.
Mark Hughes – it’s a shame Newcastle have done well in last two games
And Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is well aware that Newcastle have done well in the last couple of games, and he had this to say about Alan Pardew and the way the side had played well in the last two games:
“It’s a difficult business we’re in and you don’t like to see a fellow manager under pressure like that,” “But Alan’s a very experienced Premier League manager. He’s been there a long time in charge of a big club with big demands and big expectations.¨
“I seem to recall he’s been through similar periods before and he’s come out the other side, so it shows he has the capacity and ability to turn the situation around.¨
“They’ve started doing that by coming back from a difficult situation in the league, and then they had a great result in midweek, so their confidence is probably higher than it was two games ago.¨
“From our point of view it’s a bit of a shame they will have had that turn in confidence with those two good performances.¨ “We will have to be mindful of that, but we just want to take care of our own business.¨
“If that adds to the pressure Alan seems to be under he understands that’s what we have to do.”
Being close to the sack when things are not going well in the Premier League will be a continuing hazard for PL managers, and Mark himself has had difficult times at both Manchester City and QPR, so he’s been through what Alan Pardew is going through at the moment.
Whether Pardew can survive or not we don’t know – but it will not be because the players have given up giving their best for the team.
With the Premier League TV money increasing in the years ahead, it will become an even more difficult job for managers in the future.
That’s because the very last thing Chairman and Club owners will want to see is their clubs getting relegated, or even getting close to relegation and miss out on all that money.
And we know Mike Ashley is no exception to that.
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