Alan Pardew must start to get some wins for Newcastle soon, if he is to keep his job, and the Saturday afternoon game against newly promoted Leicester City is shaping up to be a must-win game for us.
Alan Pardew at Stoke City – still under immense pressure
Alan Shearer has been interviewed in the Chronicle again, and the Newcastle icon even seems to be sympathetic to the plight of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is under enormous pressure to get some wins.
After all Alan Shearer did have eight games in charge of Newcastle from April 1st in 2009, when he failed to keep us in the Premier League – although we hasten to add it was not for the want of trying.
Alan Pardew will be spurring his players on from the technical area on Saturday, whether or not the fans protest that they want him fired, but hopefully they will give the lads a chance to start playing well, and hopefully taking the lead against Leicester City and winning the game.
It’s a fact that we have never been in the lead in any Premier League game this season, and we certainly haven’t been in the lead at the end of any league game – although we went close against Crystal Palace.
The most important thing on Saturday is for the lads to get a win – and that’s certainly possible.
Shearer talked about the job of Newcastle manager:
“I don’t think any job is easy.¨ “It’s a tough job at Newcastle but having said that so is every other job.¨ “Whether you are in the Premier League, the Championship or League One – every job is tough.”
“What he wants more than anybody now is three points against Leicester.¨ “Then hopefully he might get some confidence from the players and they can show us something better than what they’ve been showing us.”
This spell is not unlike the spell we had after Kevin Keegan took over for the second time in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce was fired.
It took Kevin 10 games to get a win, when we finally beat Fulham 2-0 at St. James’ Park on 22nd March, and that came after we had lost five and drawn three of the first nine league games with Kevin in charge.
And after each game Kevin kept saying it would take the first win to give the lads some confidence, and that he wasn’t too worried.
After we did get that first win against Fulham, we hammered Tottenham away 4-1 and then Reading at home 3-0, drew 0-0 at Portsmouth and then took Sunderland apart at home 2-0, with two goals from the in-form Michael Owen.
So it is a case of our players getting their confidence back – and winning games will do that.
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