Alan Pardew – ‘Finishing Fifth Next Season Is Impossible’
If you were cynical yopu might say it is dragging down expectations but on balance I think it is a fair enough reality check.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, our manager commented;
“I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season. If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible. I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.
This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe. I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games”.
Clearly you only have to look at the experience of other English clubs in the Europa League to see how difficult it is juggling both league and Europe. I still think there is room to expand the squad to help cope with the extra demands and with a bit of luck with injuries Newcastle could just about get away with it.
Alan Pardew admits he is interested in managing England one day but only after, “…four or five years(in the Premier League), won a trophy and competed in Europe”.
That would do for me!
Man of the moment Joey Barton predictably is a topic of conversation:
“The trouble with Joey is that he gets upset about anything. Someone not clearing up the dog poo eats into Joey.
His behaviour with me was impeccable, with one exception. When we played Leeds in a pre-season friendly and I didn’t make him captain he got angry and didn’t want to play. If he thinks he’s got justice then he’ll give you justice, though he has a warped sense of justice sometimes”.
“He is our most influential player. A classy footballer, he brings calmness, a winning mentality and a sense of order to all proceedings. He reads the game well.
You can’t coach it. He might see that my left-back is in big trouble with a wide player and he’ll move closer to that area. He’ll look to read situations before they evolve. Bobby Moore was probably the greatest at it but Coloccini does that for us brilliantly. Before it happens he’s extinguished it.”
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