Newcastle are now quite well positioned in 9th place, and just 3 points off Liverpool in 6th position, with 10 league games still to play.
Alan Pardew – warns against any complacency
But Alan Pardew has warned today against any complacency in the squad, with 30 points still to play for, and some games at home against relegation sides like Wolves, Birmingham and WBA.
Pardew said to Sky Sports today:
“The statement the club has made in going up as champions and having a good first season so far has been a resounding success.”
“But there are still 10 to go and we don’t want it to have a nasty end to it or an end which takes the shine off it, so it’s about keeping the momentum we have got.”
Everton will be a tough test on Saturday at St. James’ Park, after they were surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup last night by Reading, and manager David Moyes will have let the players know he was not happy with their display last night.
So the lads can expect a reaction from Everton on Saturday, although the Toffees will be without key players like Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini who are both out injured – Fellani for the rest of the seaosn with an ankle injury.
Newcastle are expecting both Shola Ameobi and Stephen Ireland to return to the squad on Saturday from injuries, and Alan Pardew will have some selection problems, although we expect him to play Barton for Ryan Taylor, from that which did so well last Saturday against Bolton Wanderers.
And Alan prefers to look at the situation with a number of his players wanted by other top clubs, like Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, as a sign that Newcastle are doing something right and headed in the right direction.
Although Pardew does agree it’s sometimes uncomfortable that every player at Newcastle has their price, he was more than happy to tie up Cheick Tiote to a long term deal last Friday.
“Of course, but if you haven’t got that going on at your club, then you have got something wrong.”
“We have got good players here, some great players, and they are always going to be of interest to other clubs.”
“There are some clubs we can’t compete against, as was proved with Andy, but with this signing we are armed a little bit with some security.”
Alan is right to keep the players keyed up while there are still almost 25% of the games to be played this season.
And Newcastle could do even better than we ever imagined with a more than decent run-in over these final 10 games, of what so far has been a very good season for the Magpies.