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You Couldn’t Make It Up – Alan Pardew Now Looking Forward To A Return To Europe

8 years ago

The people who run Newcastle United on and off the pitch these days must really believe that the fans have the memories of goldfish.

Even before Newcastle had kicked a ball in last season’s Europa League, Alan Pardew was waffling on about what a nightmare it was, playing games Thursday and Sunday etc etc

Only now in an interview with Mike Ashley’s  Sports Direct news service, he now says that Europe is where ‘we’ want to be.

This is what he said to SD News;

“There’s always that special feeling when the Premier League is kicking off, I think we have worked hard in pre-season and got the group in fantastic condition.

You can never read too much into pre-season, 2 years ago we lost to Leeds in our final pre-season match and were all over the place but went on to finish fifth.

Last year was difficult for us, not only with the extra games but also because it was compounded by an injury crisis.

We’ll be better armed next time we go into Europe and that is where we want to play.”

Quite unbelievable. Talking about possibly getting back into Europe despite buying nobody after finishing fifth bottom and that Europe would suddenly be great if it happened now.

So Mike Ashley refused to strengthen the team the last time we qualified, so why would it be different now?

Also, this must be the five hundred and seventy second time that I have heard the manager say how fit the players are pre-season.

What fans have seen with their own eyes in the pre-season friendlies haven’t exactly matched that description, next Pardew will be saying how great Newcastle’s shooting has been despite failing to score more than one goal against six of the eight friendly  (mainly rubbish to average) opposition.



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