Last Tuesday morning we kept looking at the Newcastle website to see when the news that Alan Pardew had been fired would come, we had convinced ourselves that losing 1-0 at Stoke the previous night, was the death knell for Alan Pardew at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone yesterday
Their jobs are still on the line
But we were wrong, and then the news trickled out through Sky Sports that Alan would be in charge of the game against Swansea yesterday in south Wales.
And since the lads got a fighting draw, even though we didn’t play very well, we expect Pardew to be in charge of the game in two weeks time against Leicester City at home – which is now shaping up to be almost a must-win game – as we try to move off the bottom of the league.
Bit Pardew is not taking anything for granted, as he had this to say after the game yesterday:
“I have to just concentrate on the here and now.” “I wasn’t looking too far forward than Swansea.” “Now my attention turns to the next game.”
“One thing you have analyse when you are a football manager is whether the team is giving you everything.” “I don’t think that even our worst critic could argue they gave me everything today could argue with that.”
“We would like to have a bit more confidence and a bit more flair.” “And that will come.” “We are probably a better team than we are showing.”
“I have to try to make a system here that works for us.” “We have a lot of new players.” “Some got left out.” “I feel that after this six or seven game period and have a look at ourselves and improve.”
There’s a lot of stuff going on about Alan Pardew right now, and it’s all over the media, and many fans want him out of the club – 81% in our poll want him fired as Newcastle manager.
In retrospect yesterday, we were just pleased we got something out of the game – one point at Swansea is still a good point.
But we need to start playing much better soon, because if that doesn’t happen Pardew’s job is still on the line – there’s no doubt about that.
What do you think?
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