United manager Alan Pardew has dismissed the idea of his Newcastle players refunding fans after their disgraceful non-appearance at Southampton last weekend.
This follows Jonas Gutierrez and the rest of his Norwich players getting together and compensating the Canaries fans who traveled to Swansea, only to see a poor dispaly and a three goal beating.
While the players paying for their tickets wouldn’t have totally put the situation right, it is credit to the Norwich players for the gesture, and the story has attracted many posotive headlines of a club and its players doing their bit to give something back.
Then we have Newcastle United…
One of the journalists at Alan Pardew’s pre-Manchester United press conference asked the following, with Pardew’s reply shown afterwards;
Some fans have seized on the Norwich players reimbursing their fans for their tickets after the defeat at Swansea, would you urge your players to do that?
“I’m not urging anything, I’m just urging my players to put in a better performance than they did on Saturday and that is the most important thing for me because you get disappointments in the Premier League and we have had them before.
“The matter is very simple, we need a reaction in terms of energy levels, continuity in the team and a desire to win the game.
“Desire is all in the Premier League.”
I must admit that I thought Pardew’s reply was a bit crass to say the least, he could at least have answered the question.
I can see no reason why he couldn’t have as a bare minimum said it was credit to Norwich and their players for the gesture and then waffle on about if you do it once then etc etc
Instead he just makes it worse in my opinion because he gives an answer to a different question that wasn’t asked and very few of us believe that on Saturday we are going to see the kind of ‘reaction’ the manager is talking about.
Yes Alan, ‘desire’ is indeed all and throughout the whole club they need to find that desire to put the club right, from Mike Ashley downwards.
We live in hope.