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Alan Pardew – Knowing The Secret Of When To Say Nowt

9 years ago

Alan Pardew is brilliant at some things and not so great at others.

If it wasn’t for the fact he only metaphorically shoots himself in the foot at every press conference before a difficult game, he’d be on full benefits claiming a disability allowance for having no feet and no brain.

No one really expected us to get anything from the game yesterday but irrespective of that fact, the performance was so bad, even Pardew will find it difficult to glean some positives from that one.

What worries me was according to Pardew’s pre-match spin, this game was the one to launch our end of season run and to establish a pattern of play and confidence for the rest of the season.

He went on to say…

“That stadium’s a difficult place to get a result, but we’ve got the players to do it. That’s what we believe and that’s how we’ll approach the game. I just think there’s always a chance of winning.”

He said our players should dream big!

And then he sends out a team to defend and frustrate!

Jesus H Christ you couldn’t write it could you! What on earth was he thinking???

At least against Man U and Arsenal away he decided to go for it and played with a gay abandon which against those sides is exactly what you should be doing. I praised him for his attitude then, so it’s only fair I lambast him for that pathetic set-up and pathetic performance we witnessed yesterday.

It was so one-sided it was embarrassing and any game plan to go to teams as good as Man City in an attempt to contain and frustrate is a non-starter, I mean howay lads, how many teams have gone to the Etihad with that approach and come away with anything?????


We come in at half-time 2-0 down, we take the wingless wonder off and put in Perch to shore up and protect the defence and we get humped out of sight. Not Perch’s fault by the way, he’s a good player, just plain poor management from the outset. Poor team selection and even poorer execution of a pathetic game plan that had no chance of getting us anything whatsoever from the game.

When we lost against Arsenal and Man U, once the disappointment of losing had gone away, I was as happy as I’d been for a long time because we had a go, we played some great football and you could see the pleasure the players got from playing that way and the confidence it gave them.

We’re now back to playing like we were against QPR and Reading, that performance yesterday was nothing short of cringeworthy and it’s not just me saying it. Every single reporter, every single presenter, every single analyst have said how pathetic we were. So before you get on your high horses and have a go at me about writing this piece and my so called anti-Pardew campaign, I suggest you watch the highlights and listen to what people who know about football have said about our performance yesterday.

Southampton won, Wigan won, and thankfully the Mackems lost but we’re back down to 15th again, the same position we were in before the Fantastic French five were recruited and supposedly saved the day.

We are right back in deep trouble again simply because we have a rubbish manager who’s out of his depth and the big shame is we have a squad of players who really could challenge on a number of fronts with a good manager behind them.

The pressure he has now put the players under to win the next two games will I believe crush them. Remember what happened before the Reading game when he said it was a real relegation 6 pointer and remember who blinked first and brought on Perch, remember the result?

He now has to wonder who he can afford to field on Thursday because next Sunday is now a far bigger game than the Lisbon one because our Premiership status is far more important than the Europa League.

You look at the games we have left and hand on heart how many of those games do you think we have a realistic chance of winning.

Sensible answers on a postcard.


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