Alan Pardew To Focus On Winning A Trophy – What?


It’s been so long since Newcastle lifted a trophy that having a Newcastle manager even talk about winning one is kind of spooky.

Alan Pardew – hero is he can win a trophy

But that’s exactly what Alan Pardew is talking about today and he’s very realistic in saying it will take some time to get into the European Champions League, but Newcastle can concentrate on winning some cups.

Before we go too much further, for some of us older fans, I’ve looked up the definition of “trophy”, and here is one definition, just in case some older fans didn’t know what one was:

A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.

In retrospect, we probably should have played our first team in the Carling Cup this season, as Birmingham did and won the thing, even though they are now 4th bottom of the league and one of the worst sides in the division.

So it;’s possible to win the Carling Cup, although a bit harder with the FA Cup, since the top teams sometimes play their first teams in that competition. 😀

Earlier in the season  of course,  manager Chris Hughton had Premier League survival as the only priority this season, but with new reinforcements in the summer, Newcatsle should have a big enough squad to realistically try to win something after 42 years of a drought.

The last trophy Newcatsle won was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969, a game I was at, and of course Bobby Moncur was the Newcatsle captain.

As far as a local trophy the last one Newcastle won was back in the 1955 FA Cup Final, and my late parents attended that game.

Newcastle won that game 3-1 against Manchester City and Don Revie – The Revie Plan – and we were a goal ahead within a minute,  with a header, of all things, from the mercurial Jackie Milburn from a corner.

Alan talked again about focusing on the Cups:

“The thing we really need to bring into this club is two or three players who have real flair and can excite our crowd.””It is going to be very, very difficult, of course, to break into that Champions League position or push for Europe at this stage.”

“But it would be nice to play a brand of football that is suited to Newcastle, an attacking, front foot type of game-plan in every game we play and see where it takes us.”

“That’s the key because if we have a bigger squad, then maybe we can attack one of the cups.” “That’s probably the first thing on our agenda, to try to win a cup as soon as we can.”

“When I was at West Ham, we targeted the FA Cup and came within a whisker of winning it, so it’s not something I have lost focus on.” “The squad this year was really small and that worried me.”

” We didn’t, of course, set out to lose at Stevenage, but maybe on reflection, that result didn’t do us any harm in terms of getting a strong position in the league with the small squad we have.”

Newcastle have had a very satisfying season,  and the expectations with Geordie fans is quite high at the moment, and it will be the icing on the cake of the lads can win their final game of the season at home to West Brom on Sunday.

Then the transfer market will get under way, and it seems Alan Pardew met with owner Mike Ashley yesterday in Newcatsle, and Alan had this to say about that meeting:

“Mike Ashley was here yesterday. We had a good meeting and we discussed some possible targets.”

“Mike will digest the figures and we will go from there.”

Any manager that brings that next trophy to Newcastle will  be a hero, therefore no doubt about that, and it’s good to see that Alan Pardew is at least thinking positively.

You cannot win a trophy unless you think you can – and then put a plan in place to do so.

That’s generally how miracles happen.

Howay The Lads!!



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200 comments so far

  • G

    May 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Some positive words there. Now lets just see if AP can deliver on them. I remain a little skeptical of him, however, he makes the right noises, and the team has been very difficult to beat recently.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 20, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    first he must concentrate on bringing in the so called flair players to the side the likes of gervinhio and n zobia

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  • ginkoh

    May 20, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Every team need some luck to be champion. Even Bermingham can lift the trophy so why not us ? But we have to try hard and believe we can win something. With some luck who know ?

    Let’s start from this Sunday. Show the pride and attitude to win the game and finish this season on high.

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #4

    HAHAHA i think Pardew has been smoking the happy baccy. He is wanting players in the mould of Gascoigne and Beardsley and silverware. Has he forgotten which club he is managing?

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #5

    We won the intertoto cup in 2006(I think) why don’t people remember this epic victory…..

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    He says he wants exciting flair players. Nzogbia definitely suits that bill!!!!!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    WWJBD, Intertoto? What’s that?

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  • wynsleap

    May 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Is the Northumberland Senior Cup not good enough for him?
    Goodness, whatever next?

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #9

    WWJBD

    Ohh yeah forgot about that hehehe!!!!

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #10

    GG
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Intertoto_Cup
    I thnk you will find its a superior version of the champions league….:)

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  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 20, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    ………………krul
    simpson taylor colo jose
    ………..barton tiote
    n’zogbia ben arfa gervinho/taarabt
    …………..sturridge

    that team can definitely win the carling cup 🙂

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  • t00ntime

    May 20, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Gervinhio wont be coming here as were not even in the running 😛 its been listed that 3 clubs are fighting for him : man utd , arsenal and tottenham 😛 so thats not us. So far i have heard 2 names we have a chance of bringing in : larrson 🙁
    and defoe ( tottenham want to sell him for between 8 and 12 mil so they can buy a new keeper according to bbx rumours )

    p.s anyone know what happend to lens from psv
    he has been really good although they finished 3rd for me there was only 1 winger better dsudzak but we wont get him :S. how great would it be to get zogbia and lens they can be our starting 11 wingers they would add pace and skill to our squad 2 things that are needed at the toon

    HWTL

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  • t00ntime

    May 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #13

    bbc not bbx 😛

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I was at Central station today with my wife and i saw Perch. I did not ask for an autograph or anything so i am not sure why he was there. He was there with another fella so my first thought was that he could be on his way to another club for talks but that’s just me thinking to much lol.

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  • Iainthemaaan

    May 20, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Would rather see Sturridge come in instead of Defoe, will take N’zogbia and Lens+demba ba and Mccarthy from Wigan. Should give us a shout at a cup any day, even if we lose (which we will) Enrique.

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Not to point out flaws in that thinking toontime but just because they are named in papers as being after Gervinho doesn’t mean they are squire

    Also why is only a PL team going to get him?

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  • Jose Enrique

    May 20, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Im really excited for next season. I reckon we only need two players. A winger and a striker and i think we can come top 10 again and maybe push for a cup.

    Im justing for Geoff777 to ruin my mood!

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  • Nathaaan

    May 20, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Positive words from the manager – certainly sets a good tone!

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  • Jose Enrique

    May 20, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    NOOOOOOO!!!! James Perch is leaving…..

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  • t00ntime

    May 20, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #20

    WWJBD i was only mentioning the premier league teams because newcastle is in the premier league so if there not in that list i cant see them been in the spanish league list 😀 lol

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Jose Enrique

    LOL i know you a joshing mate but i saw Perch at Central station but i do not know why he was there i was just presuming that he was there to go for talks with another club. I am probably totally wrong he could be off to see his mam or something lol.

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Ah right I will let you off haha I thought you were just ignoring other leagues as a lot of other people do but I apologise entirely as I was wrong.

    I still doubt Arsenal would want him they don’t spend money. Spurs are not much better than us and Man Utd don’t need him. I doubt they are stories based in fact

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  • Jose Enrique

    May 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #23

    As for Gerbinho i think some people are being deluded thinking that he would even consider joining us. I could think of about 25 teams that he would rather join than us.

    Man U
    Man C
    Tottenham
    Chelsea (need wingers)
    Liverpool (need wingers)
    Juventus
    AC Milan
    Inter
    Roma
    Sevilla
    Real Madrid
    Valencia
    Villareal……

    The list goes on and on.

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  • nyctoon

    May 20, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #24

    haha Ed love the photo/headline combo

    also i’m optimistic ab this transfer window think one/two good striker(s) and a good winger plus whatever solid freebies/cheapies we can pick up to add depth. think we have a solid core team right now and a whole slew of talented youngsters that just need experience to build on… cant wait for the match tmorrow cmon the TOON

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe Perch was told sunday is a away match and he had to get his own transport haha

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  • free giveaways

    May 20, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Jose Enrique;

    Not all those teams would be interested in Gervinho, he wouldn’t be a regular for a lot of them, in fact the only other teams he has been linked to are Liverpool and Arsenal.

    And he has said he was happy to be linked with us because we’re a good club and his friend Tiote is here.

    Having said that, it is unlikely we’ll get him, but not impossible.

    http://www.free-give-aways.co.uk

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #27

    WWJBD

    hehehehe i would be pretty sad to see him leave if it happens. He is a good squad player and can slot in when injuries occur. Somebody mentioned Defoe…….no thank you lol. He is getting on a bit and Spurs over price their players way to much, the club are a joke. I wouldn’t spend 6 million on Defoe never mind 12. Larrson would be a good signing on a free. Pardew is talking about top signings and top signings to me would be the likes of Sturridge, Gervinho, Whickam, Bardsley, Samba,N’Zogbia and Jarvis. If we get one or maybe two of any of those players then i would be really happy.

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  • Jose Enrique

    May 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #28

    FG – The only teams i think that he wouldnt start for is Man U, Man C, Real Madrid.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #29

    nyctoon – You’re gonna have to wait a bit more m8 the match is on sunday 😀

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  • Andy

    May 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Perch was just going to get the ball he wellied over in training. I saw him at the beach once with 2 old guys. Nobody approached him for an autograph which i found slightly humorous. He’s a funny player to watch, just not for us!

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  • BeeGuy

    May 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Perch is injured. Maybe he was on his was to medical attention.

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  • Jose Enrique

    May 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonfan1978 – You say spurs over price their players but we made Liverpool pay 35 million for a slow waste of space and now want to make them pay 15 million for a LB with 1 year left on his contract.

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  • nyctoon

    May 20, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #33

    @ JP –HAHA DAMn!!

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  • Gav00Toon

    May 20, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Took the kids to the zoo at the weekend, only to discover that they only had one dog. It was a shitzu.
    🙂

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #35

    andy

    I never approached him either for an autograph, i feel pretty guilty now. My son however did say “if it was Barton you would be over there like a shot”. I nodded to him agreeing and he just laughed at me and walked away. Sod that he is lol.

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  • Crawfordladd17

    May 20, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #36

    I y not like Fulham Stoke almost won the biggest game of their history while Birmingham won one of theirs, just need to avoid Tottenham or Arsenal. Then we could beat everyone ulse Like Man Utd they ulse youngsters Liverpool 2 then we beat Chelsea this year.
    Second Round Have a League 1/2 Team
    Third Round Championship
    Last 16 A Strugging Team
    Quater Final Midtable
    Semis Final Midtable
    Final Then Obviously a top 6 team

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  • WWJBD

    May 20, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Personally I hate perch but I accept he can fill a void if we are in a tight spot

    Carroll is a good player Jose come on and the liverpool el toro link has died down a lot

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Jose Enrique

    NUFC where offered the money mate for A.Carroll AND the 15 million quid you here about is just rumour around the internet. INFACT i believe Enrique is worth 18 million but with only a year left on his contract his price goes down. Enrique is one of the best full backs in Europe and if you want a player of that calibre then you have to pay top dollar. Carroll is a local lad and it would have taken a shit load of money to get him anyway.

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  • Ezedoesit

    May 20, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #39

    I should hope so! Too many managers now a days forget about the cups.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK2UI2_kZ2A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 20, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Edd youve missed out the part wher he basically says wer not getting Demba Ba or Charles N’Zogbia

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