It’s a really important game tomorrow night at Stoke for Newcastle United – and yes we say that for every game we know – but this one is especially important because if we lose it – it could mark the end of Alan Pardew’s tenure as the Newcastle manager – that’s a definite possibility because of what owner Mike Ashley said on Thursday night, outside that pub in Soho, London.
Alan Pardew – must try to win game at Stoke
It’s rather amazing that Alan Pardew is the second longest serving Premier League manager next to Arsene Wenger at the moment – and he’s been at Newcastle for three years and ten months – but it shows how tenuous a job it is to manage in the Premier League these days
That’s because there’s really big money involved and it will only get bigger with the Premier League being so popular around the world.
The good news from Alan Pardew in yesterday’s press conference, was that he has a clean bill of health for his squad from last week, so Daryl Janmaat is fit to play at right back.
Papiss Cisse is fit, but he’s missed most of last week’s training because of that flu bug, so we don’t think he fit enough to start the game – but he will come on at some point in the second half.
One question Alan Pardew has to answer is whether he will start young Adam Armstrong, who played very well after a hesitant start last Wednesday in the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.
Here’s a possible team for tomorrow night:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Cabella Armstrong Sissoko
Subs: Elliot Haidara Taylor (S) Anita Gouffran Obertan Cisse
The Tiote – Colback partnership in central midfield could be key for Newcastle tomorrow night, with both players being in good form at the moment.
It’s taking a chance to start Adam Armstrong in the number 10 role, but the 17 year-old showed on Wednesday night he can do the job with two assists, and we’ve put Gouffran on the bench, although the manager usually plays the Frenchman when he’s fit.
However, we don’t think Pardew will start Adam after his comment about him in yesterday’s press conference, saying he had to be very careful with the youngster.
But in any case – that would be our best team for tomorrow night.
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