It was just great to get our first win last Saturday and that relieved some of the pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and our players – but a defeat tomorrow at White Hart Lane will see the pressure right back on the Newcastle manager.
Alan Pardew – fears for his job
It was such a unique feeling when the final whistle blew last weekend and we actually had all 3 points in the bag – it felt great and we need more of those wins before the end of the year.
We are hoping we can get something out of this game tomorrow, but after the Leicester win, the news filtering through is that owner Mike Ashley made it clear to the manager that a bottom half finish was not acceptable this season.
Lee Charnley last Monday night at the Fans Forum meeting also reiterated the goal was a top ten finish – at least.
Those ambitions are not very high for a club like Newcastle United, but another relegation fighting season is certainly not what we want to see, and it’s not what the owner wants either.
Alan Pardew admits to still being under pressure at Newcastle and he’s clear what he and the players need to do from now on:
Pardew admitted to still fearing for his job:
“I think every Premier League manager fears for his job these days. You have to be on your guard and you have to get results. At the moment, our results need to improve.”
“It is always difficult to challenge Champions League teams but we try to do that. Obviously we are a long way from that at the moment and are thinking of nothing more than the next game. I know that is a cliche but that is where we are at the moment.”
“Of course when you haven’t won, it brings great pressure. We have managed to tick that box, but there are a lot more boxes to tick for us. I genuinely feel a little bit more confidence in and around the camp.”
“We have got to improve results full-stop going forward, and I will put pressure on myself and pressure on the team until we do so.”
“Some of the games, we have played well in – probably better than we did against Leicester – but sometimes the result comes in a different way.
“What we do know is that when we go to Spurs at the weekend, we have got to be disciplined and we have got to offer a threat.”
“That’s something that at Newcastle is really important to the way we play. For us, it’s about trying to attack the game and trying to get a win.”
Those words from Pardew make it clear the Londoner has been left in no doubt by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that results still have to improve, and rather quickly.
And while the win last Saturday was very welcome – 7 points from the first eight games is not where we expected to be at this time.
A point at Tottenham would be a very good point, and that’s what we are hoping for.
A win and I’d have to get to those blood pressure pills – and rather quickly too. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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