It’s a crucial game tonight at the Britannia Stadium, and the best result for both Alan Pardew and Newcastle would be a good win.
Alan Pardew – I’m carrying some scars
We moved off the bottom of the table yesterday, when West Brom beat Burnley 4-0, and Burnley’s goal difference became worse than Newcastle’s – and that was also West Brom’s third win in a week under former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine.
Here’s some of what Alan Pardew has said about his current situation at Newcastle:
“I’m carrying some scars and I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now but all I can focus on now is the team.”
“The focus for me really can only be on Monday night. We’re very conscious we haven’t had a win but it’s not a boxing match, so we can’t just fight our way to victory.”
“We’ve got to get the right balance between having enough fight and being relaxed to play enough good football.”
The focus on the game tomorrow night will be on Alan Pardew, and the fact that it could be his last game in charge for Newcastle, and that’s especially true if we lose and don’t play particularly well.
We suspect that Mike Ashley is getting just a wee bit nervous that we may become involved in a relegation scrap this season, and that’s the very last thing he wants.
If Alan cannot turn things around in the next two games, we think he could be replaced at Newcastle – probably by David Moyes, and there was a report yesterday that Moyes would take the Newcastle job, if it was offered to him.
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