When Will Alan Pardew Deliver Stability (Consistency)…In What He Says?
It isn’t difficult to work out what most football fans want, it isn’t a mystery.
Unless you support a club whose fans now expect success, what you hope for is to be able to watch some decent football week in week out and that the people who run your club will be doing their best to win trophies.
Since Mike Ashley took over Newcastle United, to say the cups haven’t been a priority (for those running the club, not the fans) would be understatement of the century.
Last season’s European adventure though suggested better times ahead in terms of trying to actually have a decent go at winning something, not an impossibility when the likes of Birmingham, Wigan and Swansea have achieved this in recent times.
Towards the end of last season there were also reassuring noises coming from with the club that in the coming season Newcastle would be making the cups a priority, rather than a hindrance.
So far so good, until you come to the man supposedly tasked with delivering the silverware.
This is Alan Pardew’s European journey;
February 2012 – “That’s where we want to be (Europe). That is what football is all about.”
April 2013 – “It was a great day for Sunderland and a tough one for us, I would rather play and give it a good go in the quarter finals of the Europa League and they can only dream of that.”
May 2013 – “Thank God we are not in the Europa League again.”
With Alan Pardew being the only one who comments on behalf of Newcastle United, I think you have to be very naive not to accept that what he says is what Mike Ashley also believes and want him to say.
Just look at that pretty innocent comment Pardew made when he said everybody at the club had failed last season and must do better, then had to quickly backtrack and say he wasn’t criticising the owner.
You might not see Mike Ashley’s lips move but when Alan Pardew speaks you hear what his boss says.
If that last comment on Europe represents our club’s/owner’s ambition then let’s drink to next season…
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