Alan Pardew is looking forward to the rest of the Premier League – there are 9 games left to play – and will try to get as many points as possible.
Alan Pardew – second season back is more difficult
Any talk of Europe is a little premature at the moment, since we are more concerned about just staying up, and hopefully not be dragged into a relegation battle, which we haven’t been in the first 29 games of the season, so let’s not start now. 😀
Alan is already planning his summer moves, and the scouting staff are in full swing at the moment, and will be out in force this coming weekend, with Newcastle having no fixtures.
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“You have to say we are short on personnel right now.”
“I am looking forward to it, yes. But I’m also looking forward to the next nine games as well.”
“At the moment it’s all about us showing character and discipline in the remaining games which will go a long way towards next season.”
“It is something we have to show in the next nine games.”
As we mentioned yesterday, Newcastle have only missed two seasons of playing in the 19 seasons of the English Premier League, and we don’t think we are the typical promotion side.
But Alan is reminded of his time at West Ham, when he became manager back in 2003, and after he got them promoted back to the Premier League in 2005, they finished in 9th place in their first season.
But then they slumped badly the following season, and he was fired by the new Icelandic owners in December of 2006.
“Believe me, the second year after promotion is always tougher.”
“You don’t have the initial burst of adrenalin after promotion and it is something we have to start thinking about now and laying the foundations.”
“The great character that we need to show in the next nine games is the same sort of stuff we’ll need in abundance next year.”
“We’re going to need every ounce of it. It is an important season for us.”
It’s going to be very interesting to see how many point the lads can garner in the last 9 league games of the season, because the last two home games and just one point have been very disappointing, to say the least.
But if we can get Joey Barton back for Stoke, we’re a much better team with the Liverpudlian in the side, and the players have never been short on guts and glory this season, that’s for sure, and that should be a massive advantage in the final run-in to this season.
If we can finish in the top 10 this season, we will be more than happy!