ALAN Pardew ordered Newcastle’s players to report to the training ground this morning after last night’s abysmal 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
United’s players were booed off the field, and fans also vented their anger at manager Pardew, whose tactics have again come under scrutiny.
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 Magpies do not play again until Aston Villa visit Tyneside on February 23.
Pardew hopes to have captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheick Tiote available for the game.
The 52-year-old would not elaborate on what he had said in the dressing room after the match, but he admitted it was simply not good enough.
“I’m not really going to say too much in front of you guys (the media), other than to give a message to our fans to say that that wasn’t good enough,” said Pardew. “And against Aston Villa, we need to make sure it is good enough.”
Asked why he felt his team had been so poor, Pardew added: “For the first time, we looked a little bit unconfident, a little bit unsure what we were doing. We lacked energy in certain areas.
“I’m not going to elaborate on that.”
Asked if squad depth was a contributory factor, he said: “It was more than that. I made my views very clear in the dressing room. That’s where they will stay.”
Pardew hauled off full-back Davide Santon – who had been given a torrid time in the first-half – at the break.
And he felt Paul Dummett – who replaced Santon – and right-back Mathieu Debuchy were the only two players who left the field with any “credit”.
Asked about Santon’s withdrawal, he said: “I thought we needed a left-footer down that side. I thought Dummett did well, actually, when he came on. He and Mathieu Debuchy were probably the only two players who came out with any credit, in my opinion.”