Newcastle United cancel players’ Christmas party
Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City leaves Newcastle sitting 15th in the Premier League and just two points above the relegation zone, with Alan Pardew making the decision to cancel the team’s Christmas party as a result.
December 17th, 2012
The Magpies were the surprise package of the division last term although the last couple of months have been hard going results-wise and a recent 3-0 win over Wigan has been their only victory in eleven matches, with QPR coming to St James’ Park on Saturday.
Manager Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: “It’s out of respect to our fans and what we have served them this year. There’s no party for us, and the same for the staff. That’s how it should be.
“Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we are together, and we are fighting and trying to put it right.
“The fans have to realise this isn’t just a game to us, it’s our livelihoods and our profession. It pays our bills.
“Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans, who pay good money to come and watch.
“Looking at all those factors, we have not done enough this year. That’s why I think it’s right we called it off.”
It appears that a busy schedule of games will be faced without Hatem Ben Arfa who is carrying a hamstring problem and Pardew can ill-afford for the Frenchman to further aggravate it.