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Alan Pardew Aims To Finish Above Sunderland – Is That Success?

9 years ago

I smiled before the derby match when I saw headlines reporting that Paolo Di Canio had made comments along the lines of he was going to make the mackems bigger than Newcastle United.

We’ve seen it all before with everybody from ex-Sunderland owner, Bob Murray, claiming they were going to have at least one more seat than Newcastle, to numerous other managers, players etc. viewing getting ahead of Newcastle as success.

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I wasn’t laughing though when I saw Alan Pardew’s comments in the Chronicle;

“Next year we have to prove that we’re a bigger and better club.

That is in terms of our Premier League position by finishing well above them (sunderland).

That is what we we are going to try and do next year.”

When the odd time in the past a Newcastle manager/chairman has referred to finishing ahead of Sunderland as some kind of aspiration, it has always sounded the warning bells for me.

It isn’t that Newcastle have an automatic right to finish above their neighbours but any season when United do OK, pretty much guarantees a finish above Sunderland.

Newcastle United recently re-entered the top twenty revenue generating clubs in Europe, without really trying.

The stadium and support at Newcastle gives them a massive advantage over most other clubs and the revenue figures were despite United’s commercial income being shockingly low.

Avoiding relegation and/or finishing 16th and the mackems ending up 17th, wouldn’t equal success, and I don’t want anybody within Newcastle United trying to tell me it is.

Not dropping into the Championship is obviously essential in the short-term but Newcastle United’s natural place is competing with those other clubs in that rich list top twenty.

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