Alan Pardew has put together three unlikely wins in a row for Newcastle United, but even that hasn’t changed a lot of people’s minds about him being the right manager at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew last Sunday at White Hart Lane
But a win is a win, and it’s difficult for teams to get a result at White Hart Lane and at the Etihad Stadium, and for our lads to do that in a short four days last week was simply incredible, and Alan Pardew deserves some praise for that.
But those against the manager say – “well we won – but we didn’t play well.”
How many PL teams win and play well at the same time – not many – and maybe Manchester United haven’t done that once this season so far – after all the money they have spent on players to try to get themselves back on track.
Alan Pardew has talked about all the sackings going on in English football – and the Londoner has been a top favorite to be the first PL manager fired:
“Some of the sackings in the Championship have been nothing short of a disgrace to the game. Not just to the individuals involved, but to the game.”
“It’s just incorrect, and in my opinion the authorities have to have some sort of say, or some sort of guide to how long a manager gets to manage a football team, to give him a chance.”
“Six weeks? Four weeks? It’s ridiculous. No one can do that, so that part of the Championship is a concern. I don’t think anyone has been sacked yet in the Premier League.”
“Tony Pulis and the Chairman at Crystal Palace came to an arrangement that suited both parties at the time – but we are coming into the dark months of November and December.”
“We can’t count too soon, and the money involved in the Premier League is such that there will always be sackings.”
“Managers will always change and you have to be very strong in this position now, with everything that goes on in the media, to make sure it doesn’t affect you trying to do your job.”
“The other decisions, in terms of getting the sack, are out of your hands.”
Leeds United manager Darko Milanic was only appointed on Sep. 23rd and was sacked earlier this week after Leeds were beaten 2-1 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark became the 19th manager this season to be fired, and the sackings in English football are the most for a number of years – and those are two of the firings Pardew is referring to.
Newcastle have had a terrible time of things this year, and with Alan’s record most clubs would have fired him by now.
But the Londoner has done one thing very well – and that has probably saved his job on Tyneside.
He has got the players playing for him, and not only that, but we are seeing some of our younger players now starting to hit some really good form over the last few games.
Another win today at home to Liverpool and maybe Pardew will convince a few more fans that he can still do the job on Tyneside.
But a defeat – even after three wins – will see his critics out in big numbers this weekend.
That’s part of what you have to put up with as manager at a club like Newcastle United, whose fans yearn for more success than we’ve had since the great Sir Bobby Robson was fired on August 30th 2004.
We simply hope that Newcastle can get another win today – that’s what we are hoping for.
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