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Alan Pardew Needs To Only Listen To Himself

9 years ago

Looking ahead to today’s game, I think that one thing is of massive importance to Alan Pardew’s preparations.

I think he has to put out a team he really believes in and not listen to everybody else.

When I say a team he believes in, I obviously mean a team that he believes can win, not just try and defend for a draw.

The point I’m making is that I hope he isn’t now in the frame of mind to start messing with his team selection based on soundbites from fans, the press, whoever.

Every fan has a different idea of how the team should be laid out and which eleven should play.

I think the only unanimous agreement is that he has to put out a team to have a go and not repeat Liverpool where a negative strategy left the team bereft of creativity and inspiration.

If the manager thinks Jonas should play at left-back then fine, just so long as he sees where that fits in his team.

If he sees Gouffran serving him best by staying on the left then fine by me, though personally I would play him up front with Cisse, there wasn’t anything wrong with how (Gouffran on the left) it worked at West Brom when the game  should have been won in the first half.

The last thing we need is Pardew to start losing belief in how he picks his team, if he really believes and communicates it to his players then we will win today.

Lack of belief and mixed messages will only lead to a hiding.

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