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St James’ Park manager not in the mood to party.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has cancelled the club’s Christmas party this year as he feels they “have not done enough” this season to warrant a festive celebration.
Trips to Dublin and Glasgow are examples of their yuletide excursions over recent years but the Magpies boss is not happy with how the team have performed and wants them to concentrate on turning their form around as soon as possible, with such a party offering an unwelcome distraction.
“It’s out of respect to our fans and what we have served them this year,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
“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.”
QPR canceled their Xmas plans soon after Harry Redknapp arrived on the scene and Alan Pardew has opted to make a similar Scrooge like gesture.
Whilst clearly supporters are not happy and would not want to see images of their star players drunk and out of control plastered over the local press it does seem that canceling a Xmas party all together is a fairly cheap public relations decision.
When you consider that a good Xmas party could help a team bond such a decision could actually do more harm than good.
That said, since Redknapp canceled the Super Hoops Christmas celebration they have gone on a nice little run of form so perhaps the Magpies boss hopes a similar jolt to the system will give his St James’ Park side the wake-up call they need.
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