Pardew Hints Europa League Isn’t High On Agenda
With a two week break from Premier League action, attention now switches to the Europa League, but interviewed after Newcastle’s defeat by Spurs, Alan Pardew didn’t appear to put it very high on his list of priorities.
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Interviewed by the club’s official TV station, this is what he had to say;
Interviewer: “In terms of now, you kind of put league matters to one side with a double header against Metalist?”.
Alan Pardew: “Yes, hopefully we get some positive results there…but we mustn’t not concentrate on the Premier League, we’ve still got ourselves in a position where we need some wins”.
I have to say I don’t think it is the biggest rallying call in the world to get fans along to St.James’ Park on Saturday and watching the interview, the manager’s body language appeared to back up his words, with the Europa League maybe even seen as a hindrance by the club at the minute.
However, with no league match until Southampton on Sunday 24 February, there certainly seems to be no reason for Newcastle to at the very least go all out to get the best result in the home leg this Thursday, then maybe see where they are after that with Southampton only three days after a difficult trip to the Ukraine.
It would seem certain that Alan Pardew will use the home leg as a chance to give Mapou and Tiote time on the pitch but obviously that isn’t exactly weakening the team.
However, if we see more than the odd unenforced change from the team that has played the last few matches, then I think the writing is on the wall.
I think Newcastle should be throwing everything they can into the Metalist match at St.James’ Park, yes we all understand the need for Premier League survival but a positive result in the home leg would surely only help Alan Pardew in his preparations for dealing with the away one.
No reason why Newcastle can’t have a stab at a bit of glory when the chance is there, what do you think?
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