At the press conference in advance of the match with Aston Villa, Alan Pardew was asked this question about league position v cup success;
‘Are you jealous of Sunderland’s Cup success and would you sacrifice a few league positions to be in their cup positions?’
In reply – “I am never jealous of Sunderland.”
With the mackems only one match away from a guaranteed second trip (FA Cup semi) to Wembley and a potential third appearance if they fluke their way all the way to the final, I don’t think many Newcastle fans would be nodding their heads in agreement with the manager, or our club’s stated policy of not trying to compete in the cups.
Here are a few of the other questions thrown at Alan Pardew in his pre-Villa press conference;
Question: ‘So Loic Remy back on Sunday?’
“If selected…we’ve got two or three big players back this week in terms of around the group and they are important with the run we are on at the moment.”
Q ‘Missed Remy’s ability up front?’
“I think that is fair to say, when you are missing one of the stars of the Premier League , judging by his form this season, you are going to feel it. Plus we have missed Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini just as much.”
Q ‘Paul Lambert has said if his players get on top it could get the fans on your back’
“I’m surprised by that because I think he is underestimating our fans.
“It is all well and good us putting in an awful performance against Tottenham but we can change week to week and we have done in the past, turning performances on their head.
“Our fans will make a massive impact if that is the case and we need to do that.
“He may regret having said that, after the game.
“We do need to get a result but for me I always look at the level of the players, the attitude of the players, the application when you are losing the game. How you deal with it, how you deal with the crowd, and in that Tottenham game we didn’t deal with any part of that.”
Q ‘Gouffran said he’d never seen you so angry after a game as you were after Tottenham’
“I thought it was important to remind players of the responsibility they have.
“No matter how comfortable we are in the league, there is a certain standard at this football club that we expect.
“We didn’t reach that standard by any stretch of the imagination and I made it clear I won’t stand for that.
“That will be reflected in the team selection and hopefully the result.”