Alan Pardew has said today that you are taught in football when you get your coaching license never to use the word desperate – because presumably it conjures up all kinds of negative connotations about what’s happening with the football team.
Alan Pardew on Saturday
That’s generally true in any management job, when you want to keep morale high and you concentrate on the positives – while always being realistic and telling things the way they are.
But Alan Pardew has admitted before the game on Saturday Newcastle were desperate – desperate for a win, and that’s what we managed to do against Leicester, but it was still a close game and a terrible first half performance by both sides.
The Newcastle manager has said Newcastle deliberately changed things around in the second half against Leicester.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“One of your points when you get a pro licence is never use the word “desperate” but we were and there was no hiding place.”
“We were desperate but we had to be professional about it.”
“When they made two forward changes I said to John: ‘We have to win this game’.” “I knew they’d push and try to open the game up. In a way that kind of helped us.”
Leicester made two changes after 56 minutes in Saturday’s game, when they brought on forwards Jamie Vardy for Marc Albrighton and David Nugent for Jeffrey Schlupp.
Three minutes later Alan Pardew made an attacking change when he brought on young Ayoze Perez for Vurnon Anita, and Ayoze looked very good and very dangerous for the rest of the game.
We won the game on Saturday but it was still too close for comfort, and now we have to try to get at least a point at Tottenham on Sunday and something from our home game the following Saturday to Liverpool
Failure to do that will see us one again in a desperate situation – if we stick to basic management principles and keep telling the truth.
The hope is the win will give our lads a new found confidence, and we can push on up the league from now on.
That’s what we are hoping for.
What do you think?
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