Since the 4-0 slaughter at Southampton on 13th September (unlucky for some), Newcastle have played four games, and we have drawn two games in the league and lost at Stoke, and had a good 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup in extra time, after we had gone down to 10 men.
Alan Pardew on Saturday in south Wales
And in all of those games, even the hardest critic has to admit the lads on the field have played their hearts out for the cause – we haven’t always played well of course, but at least we have seen 100% effort from the players – which wasn’t the case at Southampton.
And in the last couple of days we have had players like Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson come out and say they are trying their best for the manager.
When a club goes on a very poor run – which Newcastle have been on since last Boxing Day – after we hammered a nine man Stoke side 5-1, there is often talk in the papers of whether the manager has lost the dressing room.
What that basically means is have the players given up on the manager and expect him to be fired, and therefore have stopped playing for him.
That’s something that has not happened at Newcastle – not yet anyway – and if anything, the opposite has occurred and the players are almost in admiration for the way Alan Pardew has handled the terrific pressure he has been under this season, and the second half of last season.
Pardew has stopped just sitting on the bench (hiding?) to avoid the catcalls he gets from the Newcastle players when he’s on the touch-line – and now he’s trying to do his job from the touchline – as per normal.
So the players still seem to be behind him and giving 100% on the field, and that’s the primary reason Mike Ashley has not fired him yet.
But the results must still improve soon, because as we’ve said before, the very last thing Mike Ashley wants is a Newcastle United in the second division.
Then he would lose all the world-wide free advertising he gets for his Sports Direct business from Newcastle United – which now seems to be the (only?) motivating factor behind Ashley owning Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew still remains on the edge at Newcastle, pending the results of the next two or three games.
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