Judge me after eight games – Pardew makes rod for back at Newcastle

Alan Pardew

The St James’ Park boss has asked for patience from the club’s fans, but his comments could increase the pressure he is currently feeling.

In his most recent press conference, Alan Pardew stated that the Newcastle manager’s job is not an easy one – surely a massive understatement. The former West Ham boss was central to a fifth-placed in 2011-12 for the Magpies, but things haven’t quite went to plan since.

Newcastle fans have been irked by the appointment of Joe Kinnear and the lack of signings over the summer, and a slow start to this season has forged a tense atmosphere in the North East.

Pardew has begged the passionate Newcastle fans not to judge him or his team until after they play their next eight Premier League games.

“The fans' reaction has been the kind of reaction we have here, which is extreme,” Pardew said.

“We have extreme reactions to our football club. It's so personal here.

“But when the fans see how we play over the next eight games – providing we keep everybody fit – I think they will feel a lot better than they did on transfer deadline day."

The problem is that the next eight games will certainly not be easy for Newcastle, with some extremely difficult fixtures amongst them.

Away trips to an improved Aston Villa, Tottenham, Everton, Cardiff and rivals Sunderland offer no reprieve. Pardew will need to bank on his side’s home form to consistently win points – where the pressure and criticism from the crowd is all the more pressing.

Newcastle play Hull at home next weekend in a must-win game, but also entertain Liverpool and Chelsea in the eight-game period he speaks of. Not an easy couple of months in anyone’s book.

The main reason that the club’s fans are angry is due to the lack of signings made over the summer. The solitary addition of Loic Remy on loan from QPR constitutes a quiet transfer window, but Pardew is happy with the players at his disposal.

"It's important sometimes to understand that we have a very good team," Pardew continued.

"We invested £30m in the last window, we have brought Remy in. We have brought a lot of young players here who I think will, hopefully, blossom. The likes of Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, part of my management job is to develop them.

"Having said that, our fans wanted a marquee signing probably and that's what we were looking at, somebody that would really threaten the first team. But we couldn't get it over the line in terms of what we wanted and unfortunately that's the position we are in.

“But having said all of that, I still think we have got a very, very strong side."

Pardew is right in saying that Newcastle have a strong starting XI, and the side can give anyone in the division a game when they are at the races. Unfortunately it is a lack of strength in depth that could be their undoing. Three or four injuries, as often happens in football, could turn Pardew’s “very, very strong side” into one not able to compete against the better teams in the league.

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