Alan Pardew has done quite well since signing on as manager at Newcastle last December.
Alan Pardew – has done quite well as manager
That’s when he replaced the very popular Chris Hughton, who may soon get the vacant Coventry City job, and Alan came in after Chris had quite brilliantly brought the Tyneside club straight back to the Premier League last season.
Chris did a magnificent job for the Newcastle club, let’s never forget that, and he got pormotion at the very first attempt, but was then unceremoniously fired by owner Mike Ashley, with the club in a decent 11th place in the league.
Alan has done well since he came in, although the last 8 league games have only garnered the side 8 points and only one win, and we hope we can get back to our winning ways soon, with some points this afternoon at the Britannia Stadium, hopefully.
Of course if Newcastle ever had Europa League qualification ambitions this season, that’s gone down the pipes, because Birmingham will be one of the English teams, and the another will be either Bolton or Stoke City, because they will be playing one of the Manchester sides in the FA Cup Final, and both are expected to qualify for the European Champions League.
And to think that Birmingham may even be in the Championship next season, unless they can make a quick correction and improvement in their league form, and they are currently 4th bottom of the league.
Newcastle are above both Stoke and Birmingham at the moment, and of course we played our second team in the Carling Cup, and then Newcastle were knocked out rather embarrassingly by Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
The two Cup competitions next season will be much more significant now for Newcastle, since they can get us back into Europe, and we’ll have to play a strong side in the Carling Cup, that’s for sure.
But Alan Pardew says he’s not too envious at Stoke being so close to Europe, as he said today:
“We are not envious of them, it just gives you the hope we will be in that position again. You have to earn the right to be there, but for us, unfortunately, in the cups it has not worked out.”
“Our league position, though, is good and that is what we have to concentrate on – because unfortunately that is all that is immediately in front of us.” “You cannot forget Stoke are in their third successive year in this division and we were in the Championship this time last year.”
“In your first year in the Premiership you take the adrenaline of getting promoted into your first season, which the three clubs did, and then it is about having the quality to see it through.”
“Like a lot of the teams, none of us are clear of danger.” “That includes Stoke, so it is a big game.”
This stuff that Alan keeps coming up about Newcastle being in their first year back in the Premier League, doesn’t really wash with us.
Newcastle have been in England’s top flight, the English Premier League, every single season except last season and the very first season it was created, back in 1992-1993.
Kevin Keegan got Newcastle promoted from the second division in 1993, in what was to become a phenomenal rise of the very popular Entertainers, and a great period for the Newcastle United club.
It may serve Alan’s purposes well to keep harping on about the first season back, but we’re hardly like the Blackpool club, as an example, who have come through all the leagues over the last 10 years – and during that time Newcastle were in the Premier League every single season but one.
It’s true we had to jettison some of our players in the summer of 2009, but the team has missed very very few of them, and indeed the team spirit has improved immensely since some of the big earners left the club following relegation.
We’ll know just how well we are doing, when we see how we do this afternoon at the Britannia Stadium, and it will definitely be a tough game, but we’re hoping for something out of this game today.
A win would be fantastic!