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!!