We’ve been impressed with new Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, because he seems so straight forward with a lot of common sense.
Alan Pardew – no predictions
And he would not be drawn on any points total for this season, or even how Newcastle will do in the league, as he spoke to the local press today:
“I’m not going to say what we can and can’t achieve,””All I do know is that if we have Christmas dinner with 25 points in the bag, the players will be well set.
“That will be my target. It’ll be a great fillip for them, because obviously it’s about them.”
The only priority this season for the Newcastle side is to stay in the Premier League – it’s as easy as that.
Of course if the team keep up what we’ve done so far this season, maybe we will not even be in a relegation battle, but anything can happen in the PL of course, we all know that.
Alan was asked about a possible relegation battle this season and he said:
“That thought hasn’t even entered my mind, if I’m honest,”
“Of course, when a big club goes down it is going to be damaging to them because of the contracts you are carrying.”
“It was an issue here, and the board stuck with big contracts to get promoted.”
“It doesn’t always work that way. If you keep them, you’ll put the club at risk. It was a gamble, and for some clubs it hasn’t paid off.”
“But it did here because of the good senior players here. If you have good senior players, it sets the examples, and I can’t speak highly enough of them.”
Alan has already tasted relegation as a manager when Charlton Athletic were relegated back in 2007, so he’ll have been through what Newcastle went though 19 months ago.
Now that the game today has been postponed with Birmingham, there’s no way Newcastle can get to 25 points by Christmas.
But the lads can reach that figure on Boxing Day with a win against Man City.
We’ll settle for that.
Howay The Lads!!