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Alan Pardew Brings Newcastle Fans Deluded Up Again

7 years ago
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Alan Pardew brought the Newcastle fans deluded subject up again at his pre-match press conference broadcast on the club’s own TV channel.

The Newcastle manger when asked about expectations of fans after four wins in a row, had this reality check;

“This is Newcastle, we like to raise our expectations, way beyond the realism of where we are at times. It is great at the moment though and I hope our fans are enjoying this, I’m sure they are.”

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Now I’m all for keeping our feet on the ground but this is where the mindset of the club is all wrong in my opinion, from Mike Ashley and then down through JFK and Alan Pardew.

As Newcastle fans we don’t expect success but what we do want is for the club to have the best go possible and grasp opportunities when they come along.

United haven’t been brilliant these last four matches but they have played some very good football at times and some players have played to the very limits of their capabilities. When you add a lot of hard work and a decent measure of luck, it has added up to maximum points in November.

However, what I’d love to see is for everybody at the club to really ‘raise our expectations’ and look to see where this run of form could take us if the club (Mike Ashley) showed the necessary ambition (within realism!).

If the five French players recruited in January had come in last summer then there is no way Newcastle would have had a season as bad as they experienced last time around, the fifth top finish totally wasted as United went backwards instead of building on that unexpected opportunity presented by the 2011/12 season.

Moving a year and a half forward, Newcastle United and Mike Ashley are once again presented with a great chance to put some longer term substance behind this unexpected run of form and results.

As the 10th best supported club in Europe last season and in the last Deloitte list of top 20 turnovers in the World, why shouldn’t we be allowed to daydream (expect?) sustained improvement and success?

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