Newcastle have a very important home game a week today against Leicester City, and the result of that league game could determine Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle, and a defeat could even see him fired from his job as the Newcastle manager.
Fabricio Coloccini – we are a tight group
From what some of the Newcastle players have told the press recently, the team is still right behind the manager, who has a terrible record in the Premier League this year, and our results have been poor with only 20 points from our last 26 PL games – relegation form
This is what the 32 year-old Argentine has told the Shields Gazette today:
“We have to improve and look forward,” “It’s a difficult time for us. But we have confidence in this group and the manager.” “We have a tight group and we’re staying positive.”
Under Freddy Shepherd and in the first two years of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club, we replaced managers regularly when they didn’t do well and didn’t get the results.
But Newcastle now have the second longest serving manager in the Premier League in Alan Pardew, who has been in charge close to four years, but who has a terrible record for the year and we still don’t fire him.
In the ten years Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman (1997 through 2007), we had seven managers and one of them – Sir Bobby Robson – was at the club for five of those years.
And in the first two years of Mike Ashley we had five managers. 🙁
So things have changed somewhat, and the fact that Pardew still has the confidence of his players is probably the major reason he hasn’t already been fired at Newcastle – it cannot be because of the results.
Let’s face it – any other manager in the PL with Alan Pardew’s record of this year would be out of a job now, so it’s a little bit of a twist for Newcastle.
And Coloccini and Mike Williamson at the back have not been good so far this season, and if we had kept Yanga-Mbiwa instead of sending him out on loan to Roma, he would have been given a chance in central defense by now.
Colo can help Newcastle by starting to play close to his best form, and rallying the players, and he can be one of the senior players to lead us back up the Premier League table.
That’s what we are hoping for, with the emphasis at the moment on hope.
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