ALAN Pardew ordered Newcastle United’s players to report to the training ground this morning after the club’s abysmal 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew’s side were well beaten by a rejuvenated visiting team at St James’s Park last night.
Once Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham ahead in 19th minute, they took control of the game.
United’s players were booed off the field, and fans also vented their anger at Pardew, whose tactics have again come under scrutiny.
A once-promising season for the club has steadily unravelled over the past few weeks.
And Pardew, looking to stop the rot, cancelled a planned day off for the squad.
“We’re in at 9.45am,” said Pardew, who had stressed in the build-up to the game that the club’s season wasn’t over - despite the ninth-placed team seemingly having nothing tangible to play for between now and the end of the campaign.
And Pardew, under renewed fire from fans, will deliver a blunt message, with several members of his squad seemingly player for their futures.
He added: “They had better get the message because they are going to get it loud and clear this week.”
With Newcastle out of the FA Cup, the club is without a game until Aston Villa visit Tyneside on February 23.
Pardew hopes to have captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheik Tiote available for the game.