Tomorrow’s game at home to Leicester City will be Alan Pardew’s 700th game in charge as a manager, but Alan admitted yesterday in his press conference, that this time was not one for reflection, and all he and the players were concentrating on was trying to get a win.
Alan Pardew – has some dark days at Newcastle
Alan Pardew started his career at Reading in March 1998, when he was appointed caretaker manager, and this is some of what he had to say yesterday:
“I’ve managed at three of the levels and they have all presented different challenges – which I’ve enjoyed,” “As a manager you have real ups and downs – there is euphoria and some real dark days, which I’ve had recently here.”
“You have to try to show a consistency in what you do. It’s not really a time for reflection for me this week, because Leicester is so important for this football club. All I’m focused on is getting the win we need for this city and the club.”
“You have to try to improve. At the moment, the team is struggling. I need to use all of my resources to try to improve it.” “We’ve worked hard this week, particularly with the players who have stayed here to try to get them to a level where they’re ready to start.”
“It has given us a chance to look at what we’ve done,” “The stats show that we have worked harder than the opposition in terms of our intensity and work rate.”
“But we have lacked what you need to get a win. The margins need to be greater. Aston Villa, where we could have won, Crystal Palace, where we could have won – those margins we need to increase.”
“Our offensive play is part of that, trying to look at different avenues to get us the two-goal lead that we need.”
It was back in 1999 when Sir Bobby Robson took over from the fired Ruud Gullit, that we went the first seven games picking up only one point, with a 3-3 draw at home to Wimbledon.
But in the eighth game at home to Sheffield Wednesday, we beat the bottom of the league side 8-0, with Alan Shearer getting five goals, and the manager had inspired the players into giving a terrific performance in Bobby’s home debut as Newcastle manager.
So if we cannot win the game tomorrow, it will be the first time in our Premier League history that we have not won in the first eight league games of the season.
That’s not a good record to have. 🙁
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