Fabricio Coloccini, the new Newcastle captain, must have been talking to the reporters yesterday on the long flight over to Kansas City.
What’s this – it’s the FA Cup – haven’t seen it for 56 years
That’s because there are a number of good interviews with Fab today, and in this one he talks about what the club’s ambitions are for next season, and as might have been expected, staying in the Premier League is job one again.
This is what the Argentine said about the Newcastle targets for next season:
“Our first ambition has to be staying in the Premier League again,” “Before we think about anything else, we have to work for that.”
“Then if we can look higher than that, we will.” “And we also would like to win one of the cups, that is a realistic aim.”
“But at the start of the season, we have to set our bottom line as staying in the Premier League.”
“We have a lot of new players, so we have to get to know them and they have to get to know us. “
“This pre-season will be important, and the trip to America will be very important because it is the first real chance for us to mix together as a group.”
The aims for the club next season should be to finish as high up in the top 10 as possible.
Given that the lads almost finished in 9th place last season, that has to be the goal, and it’s obvious that Alan Pardew will also go after both cups next season – the FA Cup and the Carling (League) Cup.
Alan’s wages are heavily based on achievement, and he’ll probably get a very nice bonus if he can win one of the cups for Newcastle next season, and get the side in the top six too.
We think Alan probably lost quite a bit in bonuses in those last 30 minutes of the season, when Newcastle looked to finish in 9th place, but finally finished in 12th position.
Newcastle’s best chance of success next season is probably in the Carling Cup, and no doubt Pardew will field a strong side in that competition.
That’s a lot different from what we’ve done over the last two seasons with Chris Hughton, as Chris used the League Cup as a chance to blood the Newcastle youngsters.
Come to think of it, it would be very nice for Newcastle to win something soon, since it’s been 42 years since we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 56 years since we last won the FA Cup, and we’ve never won the Carling Cup.
I’m getting sick of talking about those rather gloomy statistics, and of course they get a little worse as each year passes by, without winning something.