Newcastle are in a very embarrassing situation at the moment because in this second half of the season, after Alan Pardew left, everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong – and it wasn’t helped by some disastrous decision-making by Lee Charnley – one of which was to install John Carver as the interim coach through the end of the season.
Shepherd – thinks – let’s try to blame it on Pardew
But Freddy Shepherd has come out today and said it isn’t Carver’s fault – it’s Pardew’s fault:
“People are having a go at Carver but he and Lee Charnley are under extreme pressure.” “Unless you’re there you don’t realise what the pressure is. When you’re the manager or the Chairman of Newcastle you feel a tremendous amount of pressure.”
“Pardew didn’t leave Carver any favors and he’s doing the best with what he’s got.” “I feel sorry for Carver and he has been harshly criticized, it is Pardew that must take responsibility for these players.”
Those are ridiculous comments and Pardew didn’t have any problem with the players when he won six games in a row in October and November.
One of the big mistakes Lee Charnley made was to let Alan Pardew go, when he didn’t have an adequate coach to take over from a coach who has been in the management business since 1999 – and Lee has admitted that.
It’s really a bit rich to blame Alan Pardew for what’s happened – who was basically hounded out of the club by the fans via the SackPardew group.
It’s nothing to do with Alan – he left Newcastle and quickly saved Crystal Palace from relegation and has gained 17 points on Newcastle since he’s been at Crystal Palace.
It’s just so embarrassing for Newcastle United that we seem to have shot ourselves in the foot so many times this year and will probably be relegated after the most sensational collapse in Premier League history.
And the latest huge mistake was to keep John Carver in charge for the rest of the season – which in our view will almost guarantee relegation.
It’s always weak when you blame other people for your troubles.
The reason this is all so embarrassing to Newcastle is we have done it all to ourselves – that’s the truth – even though its extremely uncomfortable and even embarrassing.
I’m not the only Newcastle fan who must be completely stunned by the incompetence shown by the Newcastle executives this year in their decision-making – including not having the guts to sack John Carver last Sunday to save our Premier League status.
There’s something terribly wrong with the running of Newcastle United – from top to bottom – and it’;s got nothing at all, to do with Alan Pardew.