Alan Pardew reveals his confusion on ‘big’ club Newcastle
Alan Pardew has said he read the riot act to his players at half-time yesterday, reminding them that they play for a ‘big’ club, not a small one, and should be playing accordingly.
Hang on though, is this the same Alan Pardew who frequently talks about Newcastle United not being able to compete with the big clubs, as though we were paupers in the gutter?
The same Alan Pardew who says ‘thank God we’re not in Europe’?
The same Alan Pardew who says that it is beyond Newcastle to compete in the domestic Cups and survive in the Premier league?
No wonder the players are confused when they are force-fed this constant diet of being told that Premier League survival is the aim and any ambition above that is for the likes of Hull (FA Cup finalists in May), Southampton (2nd in Premier League currently) and Swansea (won League Cup in 2013).
Alan Pardew and the ‘big’ club;
“We needed to offer a threat, we are Newcastle United.
“We are not a small club, we are a big club, and we were playing like a small club.”
Daunting to miss Cisse and Tiote;
“It is a little bit daunting, even for senior players, to be without Papiss (Cisse) and Cheick Tiote after our win last week, but the new guys stepped up to the plate and gave us belief.”
Forward pass a rarity;
“Straight from the second-half, Jack Colback plays a forward pass, which was a rarity in the first half, suddenly we’d got ourselves a goal.
“I thought Spurs were very good first-half, but second-half, the attitude of our players just went up a level and it was the difference.”
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