It’s not hard to see just how much Alan Pardew loves being manager of Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – only 4 appearances this season – and one stupendous goal
It seems as though he has very quickly grasped what’s important to the fans at Newcastle, and now we’ll see this summer, just how successful he can be in bringing in new players to the club.
Pardew has been reflecting on the season to Sky Sports News, and the fact Newcastle have probably exceeded expectations, and they have a chance to finish as high as 9th place, if they can beat WBA on Sunday at home, and the Bolton and Stoke results go our way.
And Alan is including former manager Chris Hughton in the plaudits, and rightly so, because in the first 16 league games Chris got Newcastle 19 points and into 11th place in the league.
A win against WBA on Sunday would certainly put the icing on the cake and in all probability a top 10 finish and that’s got to look very good for a club that was on its knees a short two years ago, after being relegated.
Alan rated the performance of the team this season:
“Including Chris’ time as manager here, you would have to give it an eight.”
“In terms of the expectations and the amount of finance that was spent in the summer, the fact that we lost Hatem to a broken leg, that we sold Andy Carroll, yes, I would give it as high as that.”
And Alan believes Newcastle may have even exceeded expectations, as the experts were predicting a tough campaign for the Magpies.
But there again last season the so called experts predicted Newcastle would go down again, and the lads won an automatic promotion place by 32 points, from 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
Alan was asked if the Newcastle team had exceeded expectations:
“Possibly. If you looked at our squad, you would have to say on paper, it didn’t look the strongest for the results we have had, and that’s a great thing.”
“But we need to carry that over into next year and hopefully be stronger.” “I can only talk from my personal fulfillment as a football manager at a great club, and it has been fantastic on that front.”
“I have really enjoyed it. People have been tremendous and the players and the squad and the staff here – I have got to be honest, I think we have pulled above our weight and long may that continue.”
Theres no doubt Alan Pardew will put in the long hours the summer to strengthen the Newcastle squad.
And with players like Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling available in pre-season (they made only 5 appearance between them this season), and hopefully Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique all electing staying on Tyneside by signing new contracts, Newcastle need only around four or five new good players coming into the club to have next season look very promising.
But the summer will be very important for Newcastle to add to their ranks.