I’m not in the business of promoting what former players of other clubs say about Newcastle United. However, when someone like Neville Southall speaks, you listen. The former Everton goalkeeper played nearly 750 games for Everton, won 2 First Division titles, as well as 2 FA Cups. So it is fair to say, he knows a thing or two!
Southall has been scathing in his criticism of the excuses that Newcastle United manager makes up for defeats or poor performances, and I am delighted that someone else has agreed with me on this score. Alan Pardew is embarrassing in post-match press conferences after a poor performance. Instead of telling it like it is, which more often than not would be “We waz s**t” he reverts to tired old clichés and wafer thin excuses, and Southall, like us, has had enough. This is what Southall had to say,
“I have doubts about the manager. Alan Pardew makes excuse after excuse when they lose.
“Even before they played Manchester City he was blaming Yohann Cabaye because he was supposedly on the verge of joining Arsenal.
“He’s one of these managers who writes notes. I don’t understand why managers need to write notes. Can’t he remember 45 minutes of football?”
He was less than critical of the Newcastle United fans though. This is what he said,
“I always loved playing Newcastle. It was always a game I looked forward to because their fans were brilliant. They turn up whether the team is top of the league or bottom of the league.
“The team have always played the right way. They’ve had some brilliant players and managers, Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer, Bobby Robson – even if he couldn’t get your name right, he was brilliant – one of the best in the history of British football.”
I’d go even further by saying that we have one of the most loyal fan bases in world football, but while a lot of Newcastle United fans see their loyalty as a sign of strength, I happen to take a different view. However, there can be no doubting the passion with which Newcastle United supporters follow their club, I just wished it translated into better match-day atmosphere as St James’ Park has been embarrassing for quite some time now.
When you’re home support is being drowned out by Hull City fans. You’re in trouble. That’s another discussion for another time though.
What do you think? Is Southall justified in his criticisms of Pardew? What do you think of Pardew’s post-match comments after a poor performance? I’d love to hear your views.