Alan Pardew Picks Up A Stalker
Maybe to even his surprise, Alan Pardew has found somebody who would like to be him, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet stalking him from just down the road where the Uruguayan is already wishing he could be somewhere else.
The Mackems’ manager saying ‘That’s a great problem to have – to be ninth’.
“If you go across the river to Newcastle, they’re in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare…
“Can we change over? That’s a great problem to have – to be ninth.
“In terms of mentality, for me the north east is perfect. It is always better to finish ninth instead of tenth and I’m like that.
“The problem at the minute is it is so bad it is not enjoyable – so the idea is to make sure we don’t put ourselves in this situation anymore.”
I think Poyet is being a little bit economical with his real understanding of why Newcastle fans are so worried.
While it is transparent to everybody what Sunderland’s current situation and likely outcome is, at Newcastle you don’t need to scratch very far below the surface to understand why most fans are looking at potential disaster just around the corner.
The players who raised Newcastle above dross such as Sunderland, the likes of Cabaye, Remy, Coloccini, Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Krul; have either left, are likely/certain to leave this summer, or looking shadows of their former selves in some cases.
Poyet only needs to look at the two dismal United displays in the derbies for it to be patently clear what kind of team we have if our match winners aren’t available in either mind or body.
Yes, even Newcastle can’t now manage to get themselves relegated this season from the position we’re in, but Ashley and those below him are already seemingly doing everything they can to make sure we give it our best shot come August…
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