Alan Pardew talked about the Swansea game in his 17 minute press conference today, and his main message was that to reduce the pressure on him and the players the team has to win – that’s basically the situation at the moment, and that was his main message today.
Alan Pardew – we have to win
Alan Pardew is thick-skinned and he’s a mentally tough man, but he did admit today that he is getting just a little worried about his family and friends, as the pressure mounts on the Londoner.
This is some of what Alan said today:
“I don’t ignore the criticism; it does penetrate me – of course it does – but I’m resilient to it and I want to prove people wrong.”
“The effect on my family and friends worries me a little bit though. It’s a difficult scenario, particularly for family. It’s not nice for them – but that makes me even more determined.”
“At the moment we’re fighting the opposition, the press, opposition fans and even some of our own fans,” “It’s a lot for the players to deal with but we’re becoming battle-hardened.”
“We have to deal with this pressure. On a personal level I have to keep fighting until there’s nothing left to give – and at the moment, I’ve plenty of fight left in me.”
“I spoke to Mike and the chief executive Lee Charnley this week and the message is: ‘How much can we support you,’”
“I wouldn’t expect any different, even if they were thinking different privately. They’ve been very solid and I appreciate that. The truth’s getting lost in the wash a little bit; people think that I’m here out of arrogance or that Mike’s being stubborn about it to annoy people, but we’re not.”
“I’m very fortunate to have an owner that can see we’re fighting for the club and of course I’m thankful for his backing. But the fans are angry, there’s nowhere to hide and we must get a win at some point because no manager is immune from not winning. I can’t go on not winning.”
“We’ve bought players we think have good market value and that means mainly younger players,” said Newcastle’s manager. “Since coming here I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we’re not having as much success [with the policy] as we’ve had in the past.”
It was a good press conference in that the manager seemed very straight and to the point, and he said the players were trying their very best and they were getting battle-hardened.
But if Pardew cannot turn this around in the next game or two, there’s just no way that Mike Ashley will wait too much longer before bringing in another manager.
We hope we can get a win on Saturday.
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