Former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has sympathised with manager Alan Pardew.
Pardew has come under severe criticisms due to the results of Newcastle so far this season. The Magpies have made a disappointing start to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign and have yet to win a single match.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, Newcastle find themselves second from bottom in the league table with just three points from six matches.
Pardew will once again be under scrutiny when Newcastle take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium tonight, but Cabaye believes that it is the players who should take responsibility.
‘I keep looking at the club and at the results, and I’m a bit sad about the situation because the people there deserve much better’, the 28-year-old France international told BT Sport, according to The Guardian.
‘The manager is in trouble now but he shouldn’t get all the complaints because it’s not only about him, so I am sad for him and want to wish him all the best’.
‘When I was there and the second season wasn’t good, the fact was that we were the players on the pitch. OK, the manager told us the way to play, but after that the players are on the pitch.
‘We took the criticism two years ago because as players we knew that the job wasn’t good enough. Now I hope that it’s the same and that the players work harder to get the club higher up the league’.
Cabaye left Newcastle for Paris Saint-Germain in January 2014, and his departure has been suggested as a key reason why the Magpies have struggled this season.
The Premier League outfit made a number of signings in the summer transfer window, but they have yet to truly gel.
However, Newcastle have a good set of players and Pardew is a brilliant manager. Perhaps their recovery will start from today at Swansea.