Alan Pardew Targets Everton and Liverpool
Part way through the season just gone, with it clear Newcastle were not going to repeat their top five exploits, Alan Pardew pointed to Everton as the example to follow.
The main point he was making was that the blue half of Merseyside had finished the previous season (2011/12) strongly and then carried that form into the one just gone (2012/13).
The manager hoping his team could replicate that late season form to lift Newcastle into a respectable league placing and points tally, improving morale for everybody connected to the club. I’ll let you into a secret, it didn’t happen.
Now Alan Pardew has chosen the red half of Merseyside (Exeter, Hong Kong, London, Singapore…) as the latest example to follow.
The manager saying to the Evening Chronicle;
‘We need to strengthen, even with our best team out I think we would have finished below Liverpool and we want to threaten them, so we need to improve.”
It is a bit like a dodgy episode of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ when you’d get some really shocking people who looked and sounded nothing like who they were meant to be impersonating. I can hear Alan Pardew’s voice in my head; “Next season Matthew, we are going to be Everton/Liverpool/Real Madrid…”.
Just saying something isn’t enough to make it happen, it takes actions not just words.
Even though they are a pale shadow of their all conquering 70s and 80s team, if you finish above Liverpool next season then you’d be very likely to be in the top six.
However, as I’ve said, you need to put the building blocks in place to make this have a realistic chance of happening. Newcastle were massively reliant on Ba and Cisse for goals two seasons ago, so Ba’s mid-season departure would have sent us down in my opinion if anything had happened to Cisse. No other team, including those who went down, looked less likely in the relegation run-in to get goals from their top scorer’s teammates.
Newcastle don’t necessarily have to spend as much as Liverpool but just like the red scousers and indeed the blue ones, Newcastle need to make sure we have adequate (don’t have to be world class) cover, instead of ending up with players on the pitch who wouldn’t have got a place in any other Premier League club’s squad.
I’ll leave you to make your own list of who they were/are.
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