Jamie Carragher isn’t known for pulling any punches, neither during his playing days for Liverpool nor in his current gig as pundit for Sky Sports.
So with the reports that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be in his role as Newcastle United manager for this weekend’s match against Hull despite a moribund 2014 — they have just 18 Premier League points of a possible 69 — and a 4-0 weekend loss to Southampton, Carragher is weighing in.
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The Magpies sit bottom of the Premier League table after producing just two points and a minus-6 goal differential from a relatively soft first four games. After losing to Manchester City, Pardew’s bunch drew Aston Villa and Crystal Palace before Saturday’s thumping.
Analysing the match on Monday Night Football, Carragher highlighted a period in the game when at least half the team appeared to be walking and not showing sufficient effort.
Carragher said: “There’s lots of talk of Alan Pardew losing his job. Forget Alan Pardew for a minute, some of those players are a disgrace.
“We’re not talking about an end-of-season game, which still isn’t acceptable, but this is four or five games into a season.
“I played against a lot of these players towards the end of my time at Liverpool. We beat them 6-0 at St James’ Park and the performance was shocking.”
Blowouts have become almost old hat at Newcastle. Aside from this weekend’s result and the Liverpool match mentioned by Carragher, the club has lost 4-0 to Manchester United, 4-0 (again) to Southampton, 3-0 to Arsenal, 3-0 Everton, 4-0 to Spurs and 3-0 to Chelsea… all since late December 2013.
Carragher said sometimes a manager needs to be removed just because of the situation at the grounds. He wasn’t approving of the work Pardew is done, but said the atmosphere of thousands chanting for Pardew’s head won’t help the players.
Pardew himself at least partially-blamed the fans for his club’s performance. During the recent international break, there were reports that Pardew had two matches to save his job. The first was the aforementioned 4-0 loss. The second is this weekend.