Can Alan Pardew save himself?
Travelling up for the match, there was a mixture of fear that Leicester would repeat the form of their 5-3 win over Manchester United and the anticipation of a possible first win of the season.
Then on arriving at the stadium, we were told the new screen had become loose and that it had to be reattached for health and safety reasons, thankfully eventually allowed in and we duly witnessed a great 1-0 win, now 3 points off 11th place…
Where does this leave Alan Pardew? With matches against Spurs, Liverpool, West Brom and West Ham coming up and a tricky fourth round cup tie against Manchester City, is it safe to say that Pardew is our manager for the foreseeable future?
What can be said about Alan Pardew is that you could see much he expressed his relief via his goal celebration, while the next step is for him to convince fans that he is the right man to lead us forward and save us from the drop, then ultimately lead the team up the table.
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What Alan seems to have instilled in the players is a never say die attitude, the Hull and Swansea games were ones we could have lost but the players were galvanised to come back from 2-0 and 1-0/2-1 deficits respectively.
It could be that the win just papers over the cracks and a matter of time before Pardew makes the back pages again with the sackpardew.com banners being brandished and the pressure on him once more. It is now up to Pardew and the players to continue the good feeling at Spurs.
Trying in both League Cup and FA Cup is essential to rebuild trust and affinity with the fans, another essential is to fight for another striker by encouraging Ashley to invest in January. As well as this we are short at the back if Coloccini and/or Steven Taylor were to become injured with Mike Williamson the latest to pick up an injury and miss that Leicester win.
The next few performances could well set the platform as to what relationship, if any, Alan Pardew has with the supporters of Newcastle United.
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