Alan Pardew is trying to rally his players for the game this afternoon in south Wales against Swansea, and while he thinks a draw would normally be a decent result for Newcastle, he thinks a win is what is needed (he’s right there), and he’s also started to talk about possible relegation.
Fabricio Coloccini – relegated in his first season at Newcastle
The Newcastle manager is also urging his players to step up to the plate and deliver this afternoon – this is some of what Alan has said today:
“It’s important we step up to the plate now.” “Fabricio Coloccini has been relegated here,” “He knows that can happen at this football club – and that was a bloody good squad that went down in 2009.”
“Remy Cabella has to start performing now,” “This is a much younger squad than 2009 but we haven’t got time to wait for players to come through – they have to deliver now. We can’t hang around any more. “
“It can be the greatest club in the world to play for when we’re winning but we’re not winning, so it becomes even harder to play for us and these players have to make sure they can handle that.”
“Although the pressure is concentrated on me, it’s coming through the staff, it’s coming into the training ground and, of course, the whole squad is feeling it.”
“To calm it down a little bit I have to win a game,” “The players need the confidence of a win. Normally if we went to Swansea and drew I’d be quite pleased but I accept that’s probably not going to be enough to take the spotlight off us this time. We need to be strong.”
“This is a difficult club to play for.”
When we were relegated in the 2008-2009 season we had no stability at all, and we had Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer all manage the side, and we finished one point short of safety.
One goal in the last game at Villa Park would have seen us draw 1-1 and get the point that would have saved us – but that didn’t happen and instead Alan Shearer was walking around Villa Park after the game in a daze, trying to come to terms with the fact that Newcastle United had been relegated for the first time from the Premier League.
It was a sad day indeed for Newcastle fans.
But this time owner Mike Ashley seems to be going to the other extreme, and wants to hang onto a manager who has not produced the results all this year.
In the last 26 league games Newcastle have just five wins and four draws and 17 defeats – so that’s 19 points out of a possible 78 points. 🙁
And just 28 points over a 38 game season.
We have failed to score in 17 of those league games – 65% of the games – and my arm just started to hurt me just thinking about this stuff.
Any other manager in the Premier League with that record would have been shown the door by now.
What do you think?
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