Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Robert Haubus, a Psychology Graduate, Talks Transfers, Some Despair and a Bit of Self-Reflection

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Robert Haubus, a Psychology Graduate, Talks Transfers, Some Despair and a Bit of Self-Reflection

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Pardew, it also brings some muchneeded relief.

The end-of-season hostility towards the manager has seamlessly transferred to despair at a regime that, either through inflexibility, inexperience or stubbornness, appear incapable of swiftly securing their key targets.

Whether or not he's proud enough to admit it, the summer should be a period of serious self-reflection for Pardew, whose previous admissions to mistakes and mismanagement have at times appeared disingenuous.

Even if Pardew does acknowledge his errors over the past two seasons, his inability to learn from them is arguably what unnerves fans the most.

A man who historically rides a dangerous line between swagger and brashness, for me Pardew's decisions over the past two seasons resemble a man low in confidence and unsure of his team's identity.

After the unexpected success of the over games.

However in the two years that followed, the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan have been used sparingly at best.

These players possess obvious flaws, but they are comfortable receiving the ball and retaining possession.

More limited players are often expected to take on the creative burden of the team, while the flair players in Pardew's arsenal have been shack-k led by tactical restrictions and then publicly lambasted when frustration begins to affect their discipline.

Whether it is a confidence issue or simply blind hope that the next fixture will be where everything clicks, for far too long Pardew has tle typically take to the pitch with five disciplined midfielders which predictably results in few clear-cut chances.

With so much expected defensively from Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, opposing teams quickly realise that by giving their full-backs licence to attack, the defensive onus remains with Newcastle throughout. …

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