Pardew Gets Targets For Next Season From Newcastle Hierarchy


Alan Pardew has been given his marching orders by the Newcastle hierarchy,  and a top-10 finish is the minimum requirement for next season.

Alan Pardew – confident about next season

Steady continual progress every season is the name of the game, and if Alan fails to achieve that goal then his job could be in danger.

But most fans are pleased with the recruitment of new players so far this summer, although more good players will still need to come through the door.

Newcastle will also concentrate on both cup competitions next season, and especially the Carling Cup where a very poor Birmingham side got into Europe, by beating Arsenal in the final,  but The Blues were still relegated.

Alan Pardew is not short on confidence, and the Sunday Sun is reporting the Newcastle manager is confident he can get Newcastle into the top half of the table next season, at least.

And the club may even become more open (really?), and state their formal intentions for next season to the Geordie public. If that means they will actually communicate with the Newcastle fans – then that has to be good news.

The club’s goals for next season have been communicated to manager Pardew in several meetings over the summer,  and Alan is said to be comfortable with what is expected of the side.

While next season may be too soon to qualify again for Europe,  that will definitely be a target for the following season, and with a little bit of luck,  we could even achieve that next season,  which would be great.

Pardew is said to be happy with the quality of the new arrivals this summer – but Alan still wants more quality players to arrive on Tyneside before the start of the new season, and that’s exactly what most fans want too.

The Newcastle hierarchy were dismayed with the expensive failure of the Sol Campbell last season, and so far the Board have sanctioned moves only for good, young players this summer.

And we don’t want to get carried away but it would be terrific if Newcastle could win something next season.  The Carling Cup would seem the most achievable, and at least in both cup competitions next season, Newcastle will field their strongest side.

That’s unlike the last two seasons when Chris Hughton gave the youngsters their chance in both Cup competitions.

Next summer it will be 43 years since Newcastle last won a trophy – the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup –  and you have to go back yo 1955 since Newcastle last won a domestic trophy.

That’s when we annihilated Manchester City (and the Don Revie plan), 3-1, to take our third FA Cup trophy in a short five years.

The goals were scored by Jackie Milburn after just one minute, and further goals from left winger Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah sealed the famous win.

Those were the days alright!!

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38 comments so far

  • Tommyy

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Bit gutted about the bit saying Pardew hasn’t yet convinced the board to go for a marquee signing 🙁 that would have been lovely.

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  • magmick

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks like the carroll money has gone on the roulette table at casino

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Sure it has magmick…

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    what marque signing? get us another chieck and ben arfa please … no need for these so called marques signing just to appease the fans …

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  • archaeomag

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    @ED
    “Alan Pardew has been given his marching orders by the Newcastle hierarchy . . .”

    Now that would be good news!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Why arch?

    He’s done good as far as im concerned. Also, if he was sacked who do you think his replacement would be? O’neill, klinsmann or alot more likely it would be JFK again.

    A top, top manager wouldnt touch us with a ten foot barge pole. I’d rather stick with AP.

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Do you suppose the bosses at Everton , Villa and the Makems have told their manager they want a “top ten finish” ?

    We had a top ten finish last season (apart from Pardwho blowing it on the last day) so where’s the gradual progress ? However if you cant find the money to bring in a decent striker then how on earth do you expect to progress as a club ?

    I’ve said before but “steady continual progress” is another way of saying “Nil Ambition”

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said Cheick & Bake. I would rather we signed talented young players for less money than over paid premadonnas who come simply for the pay check and to appease the fans. Arfa and Cheick are exactly the kind of players that get me excited, watching them suddenly light up a game, like Benny against Everton, or Cheick against Arsenal, are two of the highlights of the season for me.

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  • archaeomag

    Jul 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    @Stuart
    Sorry m8 it’s Sunday, bit of levity!

    I actually want some stability, and as you say better the devil you know; to be honest I have yet to be convinced that AP is a good manager, but we will find out next season. I am not even sure that MA selling the club would be a good thing, we need to stick to a plan – even if it’s not that good.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Are you kidding AndyMac?

    Steady continual progress is nil ambition?

    What would you want, absolutely break the bank to make it into the champions league next season, then if we dont make it the season after be absolutely f**ked?

    Steady progress means 12th last season, 9th this season, 6th the season after and challenging the top 6 continually after that.

    I’d prefer that to signing 2 or 3 players that don’t particularly want to be here but are happy to take a massive paycheck every week.

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheick and Bake damn right! give us two-three tiote\ben arfa signings for a max of 12m combined.. do that and i can see us climbing past the scum and waitingpool. ohh how lovely it would’ve been:) surely enrique and barton stays so no need to replace them 😉 lol. this summer can go fck itself. give me sept 1st NOW! 🙂 haha

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  • solano

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s nice to know that some communication has taken place between those “upstairs” and poor old Patsy Pardew – hopefully this will stop the embarrassing pattern of our manager stating something clearly and unequivocal and then having to backtrack because our MD or owner has decided on something completely the opposite!

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  • Charlietoon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Nice one Ed. Make it sound in the headline like the board are soley responsible for players we are recuiting then reveal it is actually ‘targets’ in terms of where we finish.

    Name me one team whose board does not have a target for their manager to reach??

    Your a doomonger now Ed and yes it gets you clicks but it does nothing for the team, the players or the fans.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    stability is the key to nufc’s success

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  • Mags

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Had we not thrown away a 3-goal lead, on the last match of the season, we would have been 9th.

    What would have been seen as improvement on that?

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Im pretty sure most managers have to put up with that solano.

    Amount of times ive heard floppy chops saying modric and bale wont be going anywhere this summer, but I’d be extremely surprised if both are still there next season.

    Managers are always going to want to keep their best players but sometimes circumstances dictate that they leave.

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    stability and clever signings.. the latter seems to be on schedule

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Stuart, your trying to defend mike ashley’s policies, but at the end of the day we need a proven striker.

    I’ts okay for the board to say, ‘we need a top 10 finish’ but how is pardew going to gel a team together, who have no EPL experience.

    Sturridge for 20 million out of the 35 would be perfect, for god-sake he is the next big thing in england! I just hope Ashley realises this.

    My point is, we can have as many foreigner’s in midfield and get away with it, but it doesn’t always work upfront, we need a proven striker if we want to be a garanteed top 10 team.

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  • deannufcbard

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    haha has anybody seen this @cwarr07
    Time to head to Beamish & a great Sunday lunch at #Shepherd&Shepherdess later

    2 minutes agovia Twitter for iPhone

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  • solano

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #20

    If we are to see real progress next season then at some stage this summer we will have to accept that we are going to have to pay the going rate for the quality players that will ensure progress. Too many times we have seen players who we are “linked” with but do not bid for and they drift off to other clubs. Maybe we should start climbing the table of spending (of which we are now bottom) in order to get the centre forward we are so desperate for and right winger and top notch leftback(in anticipation of departures)?

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    “Boss Alan Pardew was keen also to bring Charles N’Zogbia back to Newcastle, but the deal appears not to have suited United’s hierarchy.” (From the Sunday Sun). So you want a top 10 finish, but do not want to spend any money to get there?? Typical… The ‘Hierachy’ wants good, young players but are not willing give Pardew the backing to get who he wants, i.e..N’Zog and Matuidi…

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah gazza im defending his policies, and at the end of the day theres about 50 days of the window left, what makes you so sure we won’t sign a quality striker?

    I’d love Sturridge as much as everyone else but I can’t see it happening, however there are strikers who could lead the line who would cost alot less and still do a very good job.

    I’d rather spend £20m on 2 or 3 players than one striker with half a seasons experience. We all go on about lack of depth in the squad all the time, yet you’d happily spend the vast majority of our money on 1 player?

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  • @Stuart

    The only “class” manager i can think off that would consider Newcastle is David Moyes imo… Surely Newcastle have more funds then Everton…

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  • bentoon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Does anyone else think that we dont have a big enough squad to be able to compete for cups and in the PL aswell. Look at what happened last season with the injuries and that was just in the league.

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  • solano

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Stuart…I reckon old bag face would have walked if he had been faced with the u-turns that Patsy has been made to do. Modric and Bale may indeed go but the difference will be that he will get most of that money to re-invest in quality (and before the pseudo-accounting department of Sports Direct.com@ St James’s start – I’m talking about fees for players, not wages/agents fees/stationery purchases and copper piping bills!)

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  • solano

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Stuart if we spend £20m on players it would mean we have new owners!

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  • Stuart

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Haha, probably solano!

    You never know, big announcement on friday…

    hahaha, that will definately be bullsh*t like lol.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #28

    I would tell the scouts to travel further into Europe and start scouting Belgium,Holland and Germany!
    After all it was FC.Twente in Enschede where Tiote was plucked from! And look at him now!!!!

    As for Pardew, he only needs to cock up with his tactics on more than a few occasions and he,ll be sacked anyway!
    He is a good trainer but i sometimes wander just how much say he does have as far as regards Team Policy etc!

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Stuart, to be honest i think we have an okay squad, our midfield is packed, and the defense only needs a left back, and a replacement for jose.

    In attack i think we need 2 more strikers, a young striker with potential, and a PROVEN player, such as defoe.

    We don’t need to bolster our squad, look at all the academy players coming through, Ferguson, Fuckic, Airey, Lua lua if he stays, Abhied and Moyo.

    If we want to be in the arsenal shape and mould, we have to let our academy have a chance, and let young players shine.

    All i am saying is a proven striker could be the difference between a succesful season, look at how sunderland struggled without Bent, even we struggled without carrol, although loven and shola and best did come through for us.

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    ————–krul
    simmo tayls captain c jose
    ——–tiote–cabaye
    jonas—————–marveux
    ————ben arfa
    —————ba

    damn! i say forget the zog. what we need is a young winger who is willing to spend time as a sub. the same with a young fast striker. if we are to spend big money i say we build up our defense.. anyway, still looks a classy team:) HWTL

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    how is a top 10 finish such a geat improvement?
    We missed 9th place by 4 seconds this year when the clowns couldn’t hold out and defend a 3 goal lead, following genius pardew’s idea to bring smith on !.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Nice one ROTONDA 🙂
    Smith coming on the pitch always means the opposition get a goal or 3 I.E Useless in the PL
    Top 10 position shouldn`t be that difficult with our squad.
    With regards to ED`s comment on NUFC putting out their best side for the Cup games,that is so not gonna happen.
    When the rough and tumble of the PL begin and the players are tired n weary AP will have to rest players and use the young ones-FACT
    PL status is his target and he will protect that first.
    Top 10 is not ambition MA but we`re happy to be in the PL and not the championship but i for one long time fan of this wonderful club would love to see is back in the glory days of KK and Asprilla 🙂
    Compilation to make you smile
    http://youtu.be/GlVMdjCydFw

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 10, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Stuart says:

    “I’d love Sturridge as much as everyone else but I can’t see it happening, however there are strikers who could lead the line who would cost alot less and still do a very good job”

    Slow and steady progress means not bringing in Sturridge Stu Babes. We’ll stick it out with Ba and Shola and any other cheap third rate striker who happens to come along and that way we’ll be grateful for tenth place 🙂

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  • AndyMac

    Jul 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #34

    NorseToonBrann says:
    ————–krul
    simmo tayls captain c jose
    ——–tiote–cabaye
    jonas—————–marveux
    ————ben arfa
    —————ba

    Anyone putting Jose in their first XI for next season is wishful thinking. Lets just hope its not Naylor who turns out to be Jose’s replacement 🙁

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  • nufcburty

    Jul 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    top 10? hahahaha good one, i’d say £30m will need to be spent on new players before we even consider that to happen..

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  • moonraker

    Jul 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    nufcburty; what are you on? if we hadnt blown a 3-0 lead at home against wba last game of the season we would have finished 9th????

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Why are we aiming for a top 10 finish – lets be honest the top of the league will contain Arse, Manure, Citeh, Chelski, Spuds, Livpol, so thats the Euro Postions sorted – what does finishing behind these get you??

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  • Sav

    Jul 10, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #38

    If we qualified for Europe, Ashley would have to increase the squad depth instead of having us fly by the seat of our pants and hoping injuries stay away.
    However, with Malveaux and Ba that strategy looks even more flawed than last year.
    Europe would also oblige Ashley to improve the overall quality at the expense, perhaps of the ‘buy ’em young and sell ’em high’ policy we’ve been following.
    European qualification could see both our lack of experience and our lack of squad depth cruelly exposed risking relegation if there is not significant investment made.
    So is between 10th and 6th not the ideal position to suit Ashley?

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