Alan Pardew Claims Avoiding Relegation Is An ‘Achievement’
Talk about lighting a fuse – Alan Pardew has now come out and said that Newcastle United staying up was an ‘achievement’!!
Instead of letting the dust settle, the manager has gone on the offensive with comments that he must know will wind up an awful lot of fans.
With criticism by fans having come to a head with the Sunderland and Liverpool debacles, instead of trying to quietly calm the fires, the manager has ordered wholesale quantities of oil and chucked the lot on.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to the Shields Gazette;
“I don’t care what anybody says, getting over the line with some of the misfortune we have had is an achievement.
We have had three cruciate injuries (Twice Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic), no other club has had that.
We missed key players at QPR – Sissoko, Shola Ameobi, Tom Krul and Davide Santon.
All year we have had that but we still got over the line, that is the main thing.”
I think the manager is playing a dangerous game because while a minority go over the top with comments along the line that he is the worst manager who ever lived, much like the over the tops who were claiming he was the best thing since sliced bread last season.
However, what Alan Pardew may be in danger of doing is lumping everybody together who isn’t totally positive about his management. There are an awful lot of people in the middle (the silent majority?) who have watched a lot of poor football this season who while sympathising up to a point with injuries, European commitments etc., also to varying degrees question what the manager has done, or not done, this past year.
Whether it is player recruitment, team selection, formation, substitutions or whatever, pretty much all fans lay at least some of the blame at the manager’s door for this season.
Out of the six players he named in these quotes, three of them are nowhere near being first team choices – Shola, Ryan Taylor and Vuckic.
Claiming avoiding relegation equals some kind of success is crazy, I would say in the circumstances that top six would have been a massive achievement and top eight would have represented success, or an achievement. While tenth is still an outside possibility it would be a a very distant tenth and a more sensible way of judging Newcastle’s ‘achievements’ would be the number of points rather than league position.
In terms of points last season, Newcastle accumulated 65 and the most NUFC can get is 44 this season if they beat Arsenal. Under Mike Ashley the Premier League points totals in other seasons have been 43 (2007/08), 34 (2008/09) and 46 (2010/11). Not exactly much to cheer about.
I would say forty points is the minimum of any kind of respectability and Newcastle United are currently one point above that. Success!
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