Exclusive – Newcastle legend warns Pardew he’s only got five games to get things right

first_imgNewcastle legend Warren Barton has told boss Alan Pardew he does not have long to get things right at St James’ Park before the fans get on his back again.The Magpies suffered a troubled season last time out, finishing 10th but losing six matches on the trot at one stage, leading approximately 7,000 furious Toon Army fans to walk out in protest during the 3-0 victory over Cardiff in the final home game of the season.Pardew was spared the sack by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and has since brought in six new signings to Tyneside this summer, but Barton believes that will make little difference if the boss does not get immediately get things right on the pitch. “I think Alan has got maybe five or six games and then the pressure will start to mount again,” he told the Sports Bar.“They’ve gone into the transfer market and bought good players but I know what the St James’ fans are like. They want top class players.”And Barton believes United’s lack of leaders on the pitch could once again cost them this season.“They have gone so far with the French influence. If it’s going well it’s perfect, if it doesn’t then you start getting problems. I don’t think they’ve got a character in there that can really lift them.“When I was there we had Alan Shearer, Rob Lee, Gary Speed and Shay Given to help the younger players coming through. I don’t think they’ve got that, I think as soon as they get off that bus they’re going in different directions and they’re not together as a team.“When it’s going well it’s easy, it’s when it’s not that you really need leadership.”last_img

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