Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that his side’s Christmas party has been cancelled following the club’s recent poor run of form.
Defeat to Manchester City at the weekend left the Magpies just two points above the relegation zone, leading Pardew to play the part of Scrooge and cancel the planned festivities.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle newspaper: “It’s out of respect to our fans, and what we’ve served them this year.
“There’s no party for us, and the same for the staff. That’s how it should be.”
The squad has headed to Dublin and Glasgow for yuletide shindigs in recent years, but Pardew realised that a big night out would only add to grumblings from supporters that the players should be working harder to improve their league position.
Pardew continued: “Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we’re together.
“And we’re 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.
“Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans who pay good money to come and watch.”
He added: “Looking at all those factors – we’ve not done enough this year.
“That’s why I think it’s right we called it off.”
So, no James ‘Superman’ Perch this year.