Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew: Judge This Squad after Next Eight Matches

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew: Judge This Squad after Next Eight Matches

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Byline: Neil Cameron

ALAN PARDEW last night urged Newcastle United supporters to reserve judgment on his squad until the next eight Premier League games have passed. Speaking publicly for the first time since transfer deadline day, the Newcastle manager asked for more patience to be shown by the supporters.

This may be asking a lot from some who fear the squad is nowhere close to being strong enough.

And that includes for Newcastle player Rob Lee who even went so far as to say Joe Kinnear could put off players from signing for the club.

Pardew, as the voice of the club, understandably wanted to put a positive take on the situation.

He said: "The fans' reaction has been the kind of reaction we have here, which is extreme. We have extreme reactions to our football club.

"It's so personal, something that was shown on Wednesday night (at the Steve Harper game).

"When they see how we play over the next eight games, if we keep everybody fit, I think they will feel a lot better than they did last Monday on the deadline day.

"Over the past ten or so years since I've become a manager, I've said the first ten games really and truly gives you a clear indication about where you are at. Sometimes it can be slightly distorted if you get injuries to key players, but nine times out of ten it's pretty close.

"Of course, you can have periods when you don't do so well, but in terms of what you have and where you are, it does give you an indica-"You might only win three of those games, but you could have potentially won six, Therefore, you feel confident. You may have won six and sneaked a couple, so is that going to carry you forward? "It gives you a much bigger gauge to where you are at than three games. "And these three games for me are completely distorted. We had two internationals in-between, the window was opened and forget about Newcastle because Arsenal, Manchester City and United and Cardiff, we are all in the same boat. …

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