We were hammered at Southampton 4-0 for the second season running on Saturday 13th September, and that was really when the fans this season started to turn against former manager Alan Pardew.
The Newcastle coaching team at St. Marys’ in September
And Newcastle have a chance tomorrow to equal the score, and hopefully get our first win since Alan Pardew left the club on 3rd January,after taking up the manager position at his former club Crystal Palace.
Southampton’s successful new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t think it’s a good time or a bad time to be playing Newcastle United:
“I don’t think it is a good time or a bad time to face them.” “Every game is different.”
“They play at home, they have had some defeats in the last few weeks and, for sure, they will have some fans feeling bad about the 4-0 that they got in Southampton.”
“But we know they are a strong team at home. They beat Chelsea at home, but it is not easy to beat Southampton.”
With John Carver as the caretaker manager, we have now played three games and drawn 3-3 with Burnley at home, lost 1-0 at Leicester City in the FA Cup and then lost 2-0 last Saturday at Chelsea.
The first 45 minutes of the games against Burnley and Chelsea are when we played very well – especially at Chelsea last weekend.
But Newcastle have been so inconsistent, and we cannot seem to put two good halves together.
The bottom line is that we need a win tomorrow, and whatever John Carver says about how well we played last week at Stamford Bridge in that first half, results are what matters right now.
In fact results are what matters in football – period.
A win tomorrow would be terrific and we can go into the two week break with some hope we can do well through the rest of the season.
On the other hand, a defeat would be terrible – it would be (very) hard to take, and should put pressure on Managing Director Lee Charnley to bring in a new head coach – certainly before the end of the month.
What do you think?
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