Monday Manager: Talking Points

Alan Pardew

Every week we bring you our take on some of the big talking points from the Barclay’s Premier League. 

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Resurgent Geordies

It was only a few weeks ago that Newcastle’s fans were loudly demanding that their less than beloved owner get rid of their less than beloved manager. At that time the club were sitting in the relegation zone and looked destined for a season long struggle. They have since responded with four Premier League wins in a row  and a League Cup victory over holders Man City.

New signings like Ayoze Perez have bedded in after a rough start and it appears as though Pardew has managed to make things work once again. He may not be the most likeable manager around, but he has proved himself to be extremely capable. One can’t imagine him being out of work long if Mike Ashley ever does let him go.

As for Ashley, clearly he is not an owner any fan would enjoy having in charge of their club.
His focus on profit rather then trophies mean Newcastle are likely to remain mired in mediocrity for the duration of his ownership. On this occasion though he deserves credit for having a slow trigger finger when it comes to sacking his boss. Some other owners should take note.

“Invincibles” Talk Premature

After overcoming an early deficit to take three points at Anfield, Jose Mourinho had to field another round of absurd questions about the possibility of his side emulating the Arsenal “Invincibles” of 2003/04. Mourinho rightly dismissed such talk saying that a defeat at some point is inevitable. It is a smart position to take as it will ease the pressure on his players.

To even discuss the possibility of a side going unbeaten in November is insanely premature. While Chelsea are rightly heavy favourites to win the title after their start to the season, it is highly unlikely they can make it through a year, which will include Champions League ambitions, without a loss. If they are still unbeaten in March then we can discuss it. Until then lets just forget about it.

Spurs Struggles

After the defection of several star players and manager Mauricio Pottchetino we all thought the end was nigh for Southampton. Instead the Saints have marched on while Pottchetino has seen his Spurs side struggle to four home defeats from six matches. The side were roundly booed by their own supporters during a 2-1 loss to Stoke at White Hart Lane and some of the side have seemed to lack the necessary appetite for a fight in recent weeks. Their position could have been even worse but for a late smash and grab at Villa which owed more to Christian Benteke’s foolish sending off then their own play.

Chairman Daniel Levy has never been to shy about firing managers but hopefully he will have faith in Pottchetino who did an excellent job at Southampton and deserves s0me time to improve results. The hierarchy at Spurs need to be realistic about the talent at his disposal. Despite investing heavily in the wake of Gareth Bale’s departure, they have no top class strikers and don’t really stack up to the the top teams in terms of talent. Top four is not a realistic expectation for this side and there needs to be recognition of that at White Hart Lane.

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