Alan Pardew Puts A Noose Around His Own Neck
The fact that Newcastle United lost their opening fixture wasn’t unexpected, in fact most of us took it as guaranteed.
However, the feeble nature of the performance was really worrying as well as the Cabaye fiasco that surrounded the match. You can then add Taylor’s stupid sending off and injuries for Tiote & Jonas, so what’s next?
Alan Pardew is understandably keen to put Monday night’s defeat behind him and has laid out what his team (and the manager himself) should be judged on;
“Really and truly it is about the next 37 games, particularly the two at home – we need points on the board.
It will be a better measure for us after West Ham and Fulham, judge us after that.”
As the manager says it is of course about the next 37 matches but he has said we should all wait eight days and use the first three matches as a means of seeing what position Newcastle are in.
Coincidentally, next Saturday night will also see the transfer window all but closed, with Monday the day it will be totally sealed shut.
While I haven’t a clue what signings, if any, will be made. We all know that there are only six possibilities in terms of how many points Newcastle will have after the Fulham final whistle.
So, Alan has asked us to judge him, this is how I believe the black & white jury would see things;
6 – Job done, manager safe
4 – Not too bad, something for Alan Pardew to work from
3 – Absolute bare minimum, manager under pressure
2 – Very depressing, two home draws against average sides, Pardew struggling
1 – A shocking return from these fixtures, situation desperate/fatal?
0 – Nothing needs to be said.
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