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Alan Pardew Pledges Not To Play Any More ‘Awful Teams’

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew has stated  that, although the United boardroom is focussed on remaining in the Premier League, he has not lost sight of finally bringing a trophy to Tyneside.

In a footballing world dominated by money, Pardew admits that the money-men behind United have to focus on the Premier League as a source of income but is adamant he still has a desire to win a domestic cup with United.

I think all Premier League managers are under pressure from their boards because of the finance and prestige of being a Premier League club.

However, our (Premier League managers) ambition is still to win trophies. We want to win every competition we enter.”

We reached the quarter-finals when we were in the Europa League last year and it was touch and go against Benfica; we almost won it. We prioritised ourselves to win that competition but in the domestic cups we put awful teams out. It wasn’t good enough for Newcastle. We had a really bad run with injuries.”

This season, however, Pardew is determined to field a strong XI in the domestic cups and believes that this season’s squad will enable him to do that.

We have the resources to have a go in the cups.We have a really good first XI but the XI underneath is not far away. That bodes well. I’m a little bit more confident this year.”

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