Mike Ashley had said last Thursday night in London that if Newcastle lost at Stoke City last night then manager Alan Pardew would be fired.
Alan Pardew last night – it rained on his parade
And while the lads tried their best, we were again very weak in the final third of the pitch, after some very decent approach play.
And in all honesty we hardly looked like scoring and a single goal – their first at home this season – was enough for Stoke to get all 3 points and move them up to 11th place in the league.
Newcastle remain tied at the bottom of the league on 3 points with Burnley, and we’ve made a very poor start to the season.
After the game Alan Pardew was asked how secure his position was as Newcastle manager:.
“I don’t know.” “It’s my job to show the players that there are a lot of games to go and I have to be strong and show resilience”
“I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer that is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to get some answers.”
“It’s my job to show the players that there are a lot of games to go and I have to be strong and show resilience.” “It’s a tough job, I make no bones about that, and it’s tough where we are at the moment.”
“The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. I looked at them and clapped them at the end to show I respect their views.”
“We didn’t create enough and we’re honest about that in the dressing-room.” “If we had got the equalizer, we were going to get the ball and go for a winner, because we knew that winning was everything.”
That was one disturbing thing last night, that we really didn’t have a clear-cut chance until the 84th minute, when Jack Colback should have scored but somehow hit the bar from five yards out, after great work on the right wing from Gabby Obertan.
In the first half Daryl Janmaat had a great shot from 30 yards out that the goalkeeper did well to turn around the post – but that’s a central midfielder and a right back with our best efforts – the forwards are still finding it hard to score goals.
It seems that Alan Pardew could well be fired later today, and then if that happens we’ll have to see who the manager would be – with the press indicating David Moyes is a heavy favorite.
But a new manager is not a silver bullet, and as we saw last season teams like Cardiff and Fulham still struggled even after a new manager was brought in.
The exception last season was the great job Tony Pulis did at Crystal Palace, but he’s unlikely to be a candidate for the Newcastle job – if it becomes open.
We’ll have to try to pull ourselves away from the bottom of the league just as soon as possible.
It would be very difficult if we are going to have another season fighting relegation. 🙁
On the bright side – if there is one this morning – Gabby Obertan looked great when he came on last night, and he should definitely start at Swansea on Saturday, whoever the manager is, and he is currently leading our Man of the Match poll.
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