London: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has likened his side`s recent up-turn in fortunes to the process of assembling flat-pack furniture.
After a poor start to the season, Newcastle have won their last three matches in all competitions, climbing out of the Premier League relegation zone and qualifying for the League Cup quarter-finals.
"You`ve kind of got to box it down," Pardew said ahead of his side`s home game with Liverpool on Saturday, in comments published in several British newspapers.
"It`s a bit like one of those IKEA furniture packs you buy. You can`t try and get to the end -- you`ve got to do all the little bits to get there, and it takes time.
"I`ve done a few of them because my wife`s Swedish. It`s about doing that little bit first, and if you get that wrong, the second bit doesn`t work. If you get the second bit wrong, the third bit definitely ain`t working and the tabletop is all...
"I think it`s very important, if you`re in the coaching or managerial world, that you actually segment it down and just say, `Right, what`s our problem, what do we need to do, what needs to happen at this football club to turn us from what we are to a better team?`"