Just when I was on the cusp of potentially saying something nice about Pardew, he then goes and does something stupid, like open his mouth. Instead of building our lads up and stating how good we were over the weekend, Pards had a seemingly different approach when commenting on the performance. Speaking to the press today Pardew had this to say,
“Spurs looked lethargic and that was us last year,” he said.
“It is a very different concept having to change over two days.
“Chelsea had it on Saturday against West Brom and they nearly lost as well.
“I think everybody needs to look at that. You need an extra day rest.
So, we only beat Spurs because they were tired? After arguably one of our best results of the season, you are taking the chance to try to justify the horror show that was last season!
For those of you who are interested, out of the 11 Tottenham players who played against us on Sunday, only 5 of those started their European game against Sheriff Tiraspol – Friedel, Walker, Vertonghen, Eriksen and Dembele. While Dembele was subbed as a result of a recurrence of his hamstring problem, none of the other above players looked in any way physically impaired on Sunday. In fact, Vertonghen was arguably one of Spurs’ best players.
So instead of using our victory over Spurs to make excuses for our disastrous league form last season, use it as a springboard so that fans are concentrating on how well the team has been doing recently.
The real reason behind our league form last season was the lack of preparation or willingness to invest in progress from our owner Mike Ashley. Spurs do not have that self-same problem, and as clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have shown in recent years, you can have a decent campaign in Europe as well as manage expectations in the league as long as you have a decent number of players to rotate and call upon. While I am not saying we needed the embarrassment of riches that some of the aforementioned clubs have, I do believe our league form would not have fallen off so drastically as to nearly seeing us in relegation trouble had we signed 2 or 3 players in the summer of 2012.
We have gotten to a stage where Mike Ashley is under increasing pressure. What is the club’s response? Not only do they ban the local newspapers, not only do they ban a constituted body – Newcastle United Supporters Trust – from the Fan’s Forum, they are now intent on going a step further. After our win against Chelsea, Pardew was given the instructions to dedicate the win to Mike Ashley who “believe it or not is a fan”, and now he is making excuses for Ashley’s mistakes of last season by ‘blaming’ our win over Spurs on Europe. I am not surprised by Pardew. He is given a script by Wendy Taylor (Newcastle United head of media) and he duly reads it like the puppet he is. He knows he will get no bigger job in world football, so he must bend over backwards (or just bend over) in order to keep it.
It is a sad state of affairs when you can no longer trust your manager to give you an honest account of where the club is at, where they are going in the future. At the minute, I cannot even trust Pardew to give an accurate account of 90 minutes of football, because I am afraid he will try and spin it in some way that will try and show the fans what a great owner Mike Ashley is.
I have no respect for the manager of ‘Newcastle United’. No respect for the management structure of ‘Newcastle United’. No respect for the owner of ‘Newcastle United’.
It’s a hollow shell of the club it once was. Until the puppets, the PR liars, and the fascist puppeteer have all left the club, only then can we begin to heal, move on and maybe believe a word or two that comes from the club. Right now, it is a factory of fabrication and I have well and truly gotten sick of it.