The conflicting messages Alan Pardew sends out, do my head in – it is as though the Newcastle manager just makes it up as he goes along…
One minute he talks about many of our players as though they are world beaters, the next he talks about the opposition such as City today as though we are some plucky non-league team with a lottery win style chance of beating them.
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Alternatively, the Newcastle boss will state that we are desperate for a few new players, then when the window closes (with no additions) he’ll say what a great squad we have and how happy he is with it.
The latest from Alan Pardew when talking to the Mirror (newspaper, not admiring his reflection…);
“I want to finish higher than 5th, that is my best finish as a Premier League manager and I want to beat it.
“Can the club do it? Yeah, why not?
“I am always bothered by criticism of the club – I think it is unfair really, but criticism is so fierce.
“What’s success and what’s failure.
“If I went to Stoke or Villa and said to their fans – ‘Is what we are having success?’ – they would probably say yes.
“To our fans it is no, I accept that.”
So what is that all about? So in one short set of quotes, Alan Pardew talks realistically about Newcastle making it into top four and then also intimates that our fans have got ideas above their station and in reality our club is on a par with Stoke.
No disrespect to Stoke (sorry, I’ll rephrase that – every disrespect to Stoke!) but why doesn’t Alan Pardew say, ‘look at Crewe or Exeter, I bet their fans wouldn’t be complaining’.
Stoke play horrible football but their owners have done their very best to make their club as successful as it possibly can be, a club that in terms of size is probably top half of the Championship as its natural place.
Even despite all the limitations Mike Ashley has put on Newcastle United ‘s potential, last season we were the tenth best supported club in Europe (while nearly getting relegated!) and in the last Deloitte report NUFC were in the top twenty biggest turnovers in world football.
We are not Real Madrid but we’re not Stoke!
Newcastle United will always have the potential and we don’t need Alan Pardew continually doing Mike Ashley’s dirty work of hammering down the fans’ hopes, ambitions and realistic expectations.
We don’t expect to win but we do expect our club to try and compete as best it can.
January’s issue will be on sale from our numerous sellers outside St.James’ Park before the Manchester City match today and THE MAG is now available in all Tyneside newsagents.