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Pardew talks next season as Magpies continue downward plunge

Apr 28, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

Alan Pardew AP

It’s a testament to the team Alan Pardew — and chief scout Graham Carr — built that Newcastle remains in the top half despite a club-first six-match losing streak.

But that status is on the brink, with Stoke City and Crystal Palace within shouting distance. These are teams who were mired near the bottom of the Premier League table while the Magpies had their supporters daring to dream of the UEFA Champions League with a hot start to the season.

So as Newcastle found itself blanked for the 13th time in 18 matches after a terrible 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates, it’s no surprise that Pardew was talking about the fixes he would find in the summer.

But will he last? And what in the world is he talking about in regards to fan expectations in the second quote below?

From Sky Sports:

“I’ve lost six on the trot as manager of Newcastle and I accept that they’re disappointed and angry at the moment that we haven’t got a result. But I think that the bigger picture is that we’re in a good position in the summer and we need to focus on finishing in the top 10.

“Of course you’re under pressure, it’s a big club. They expect perhaps sometimes things we can’t quite deliver, but we’re trying our hardest and we’re going to work hard this summer to make sure we’ve got a team next year that can make this city proud.”

Expecting what that Newcastle can’t deliver? Pardew has led the team into Europe, so it can’t be that reasonable expectation. Perhaps it’s having a semblance of a plan in place in case your best player, often a wantaway, skips town for greener pastures? Yohan Cabaye left for PSG in the January transfer window and there’s been no answer in the center of the park (as valiantly as Moussa Sissoko has tried). Hatem Ben Arfa‘s big and out-of-favor, Sylvain Marveaux and Gael Bigirimana are nowhere to be found and maybe their best option, Mehdi Abeid, was allowed to stay on-loan in Greece.

I’m not sure what the Newcastle fans are expecting that can’t be delivered at all. A midfielder? A win? Some goals?

Or perhaps a manager capable of admitting that it’s not the wind, the opponent or the referees causing his team problems. It’s his team. And if it isn’t Pardew’s fault, it’s owner Mike Ashley for hiring Joe Kinnear to mispronounce player names and look baffled on a weekly basis. And if it’s Ashley’s fault, that should cause plenty of Magpies fans to wonder why in the world they support the black and white.

The businessman-turned-owner needs to do something that instill faith in the club, because anything else is bad for business.

  1. thefutureofoil - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Can’t blame Pardew too much. Working for an owner who would somehow think hiring Kinnear is a good idea shows you what Pardew is up against. Losing the quality of Cabaye and Ba is going to have an impact.

    As for being positioned well for the summer, Pardew means there will be no more lunacy with Kinnear in the office and they can focus on bringing in some decent players to build some depth. This assumes Ashley doesn’t have another brilliant idea and hire Ronald McDonald to handle transfers.

    • bradybbgoat - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      On the contrary, I think Pardew deserves to shoulder a good deal of the blame. He’s now lost 7 of his last 8 matches and 14 of his last 19.

      There has been unrest in the dressing room, a public spat with one of the team’s best players, the Meyler incident, not to mention poor tactics and a lot of finger pointing.

      Finger pointing at the media, at the players, basically at anyone but the big man in charge. Probably the reason he hasn’t been sacked…yet.

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