Alan Pardew Gets It Spectacularly Wrong
The Bitterest Pill is mine to take.
So this is how it feels?!
What went so disastrously wrong?
I think fundamentally it starts with Pardew and his team selection and in particular starting Jonas at left back. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a massive advocate of Jonas this season who at times has been unfairly targeted for criticism, he works harder than any other player but I really felt for him yesterday left out to dry by Pardew against Adam Johnson.
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Who although he has been extremely poor this season still possesses enough quality to produce something special, so it proved and looking on from the bench young Haidara, inexperienced he may be but a left footed left back he is, he should have started.
I have been critical of Tiote all season as he has looked a shadow of the former self, his lack of passing ability is painful, Pardew got it wrong in trying to accommodate Tiote and ended up pushing Sissoko to the left wing rendering him completely anonymous. This was Pardew’s fault not his! Pardew’s! He got it spectacularly wrong and we were deservedly beaten.
Then we come to the aftermath…. I wanted to say as little as possible about the deplorable scenes after the game but it has proved somewhat difficult not to discuss these mindless reprobates and I take serious umbrage with them being referred to as ‘FANS’, they do not represent me or my friends and family who I attend St James’ Park with and to have them associated with fans who behave impeccably and respectfully home and away is an insult. I can comfortably say I have never been angry enough about anything in my life, even a 3-0 defeat against our fiercest rivals wouldn’t make me want to fight a horse, absolutely ridiculous!!!!
So what is the answer to these moronic deviants? Ban them for life? However, how can you ban someone for life who has probably never set foot in St James’ Park and has no idea what it means to represent your football club with dignity and pride.
Where do we go from here? I am always loathe to call for managers to be sacked but the spectacular tactical failings of the derby made me think, if a good alternative is available and it’s the right move for the football club then maybe a change is needed, maybe!!! Otherwise there is no point changing without a plan to move us forward.
We were well beaten and we cannot argue against that, for years we have enjoyed victory and mocking our rivals down the road. However, some fans need to be gracious in defeat and accept on the day the better team won, if you can’t accept defeat you really shouldn’t gloat during victory, it can’t always go our way with Sunderland showing more desire on the day and we lacked energy and impetus.
The rollercoaster that is Newcastle United rattles on………
“For the bitterest pill is hard to swallow, the love I gave hangs in sad coloured, mocking shadows”
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