ALAN Pardew says it’s time for shock tactics at faltering Newcastle United.
United were humiliated by Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium last weekend.
And the 4-0 battering they got on the south coast has heaped more pressure on under-fire Newcastle manager Pardew ahead of Saturday’s home game against Manchester United.
A number of players are playing for their futures at St James’s Park.
Forward Hatem Ben Arfa, hauled off at the break in a “tactical” change by Pardew, could be heading for a summer exit after a frustrating season.
Others are also fighting for their futures, while there remain question marks over the futures of the likes of Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy.
Pardew’s own position has again been questioned by angry fans.
And the 52-year-old – who has admitted the Southampton performance “shocked” him – knows there needs to be a reaction from his side, whose season has unravelled since Yohan Cabaye’s January departure.
“We’ve got six games to go, and we’ve got to make sure we give a better account of ourselves than we did,” Pardew said.
“That should shock us into doing a performance against Man United that makes it very difficult for them.
“We’re a lot, lot better than we showed.”
Newcastle, again watched by club owner Mike Ashley, were out-played and out-fought by Southampton.
Pardew has admitted his team, which has struggled in front of goal in the absence through of leading scorer Loic Remy, lacked focus at the St Mary’s Stadium.
And he is looking for clarity when United, ninth in the Premier League, next take to the field.
“It was out commitment to winning the game that worried me a little bit,” he said. “That was a game where we looked like we had no process to win the game.
“We need to know – clearly – what our process is. That’s what we’re going to have to work on this week.”