ALAN Pardew’s asked Newcastle United’s fans to judge his team after the next two games.
The club suffered a demoralising 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night.
And United’s result – and performance – at the Etihad Stadium further angered a fanbase which was already unhappy at Newcastle’s lack of summer spending.
Manager Pardew – whose tactics came under close scrutiny during last season’s relegation battle –came under more fire after the City loss.
However, he’s pleaded with supporters to reserve judgement until after the club’s home games against West Ham United and Fulham.
“Really and truly it is about the next 37 games – particularly the two at home,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We need points on the board. It’ll be a better measure for us after West Ham and Fulham. Judge us after that.”
Only forward Hatem Ben Arfa threatened City at the Etihad Stadium.
And Pardew won’t have Loic Remy, the club’s only summer signing so far, available Saturday’s game against West Ham at St James’s Park, which Steven Taylor will miss through suspension.
Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez won’t be involved after suffering a recurrence of a leg injury against City.
However, Pardew feels his team will offer more of a threat going forward against Sam Allardyce’s West Ham, who are captained by former United midfielder Kevin Nolan.
“Going forward we would be better judged after the next two games,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pardew was in France on Tuesday on club business with director of football Joe Kinnear, chief scout Graham Carr and secretary Lee Charnley.
Kinnear is attempting to sign the “one or two” players Pardew feels will complete his squad.
Pardew’s No1 summer target is a striker, though the club could also be left needing to sign a central midfielder should Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye left before the end of the transfer window.
Cabaye is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.