Alan Pardew held his press conference today for the game at Newcastle on Saturday, when he brings his Crystal Palace side to St. James’ Park in a game we must win if we are to have a decent chance of staying in the Premier League next season.
Alan has talked about loving his time at Newcastle – and certainly he got us to 5th top in 2012 – the highest position we have finished since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 2004 for only finishing 5th and missing out on a Champions League place.
Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle
And since Alan left we have struggled against relegation for the last 16 months or so and are currently 2nd bottom and that’s after spending £82M in the transfer market this season.
That’s due mainly to the poor choices of head coach the Board made in appointing John Carver and Steve McClaren, both of whom ended up getting the sack.
Pardew was asked what reception he expected from the Newcastle fans tomorrow:
“Well, I think that question is a little bit loaded. I know how I feel, that’s all I can determine.”
“I loved managing that football club and some fantastic games. A quarter-final of the Europa League, finishing fifth and winning Manager of the Year – so I had some great moments.”
“I also had some very difficult moments, it’s a difficult club to manage.”
“I want them to stay up.” “Those players are close to me, there’s a lot of players I managed there. I went through so much with those guys, not just on the pitch, but off it as well.”
“I am desperate they stay up, but having said that, my job is to get the three points with Crystal Palace and that’s with my professional head on.”
Newcastle were in 9th place with 26 points half way through last season when Alan left – and we finished up with 39 points and 6th bottom, with only 13 points picked up in the final 19 games and avoided relegation on the very last day.
If we can win our last three games, we will also end up with 39 points and a very good chance of avoiding relegation on the final day of the season for the second season running.