Alan Pardew will try to win one of the two Cup competitions Newcastle are in this season.
Alan Pardew targeting both cups this season
It’s nice to hear a Newcastle manager talk about trying to win something for a change, and who knows, we may even be able to win something for the first time since way back in 1969.
If Birmingham can win the Carling Cup with the hopeless side they had last season, then it’s certainly not out of reach for Newcastle this season, given that Pardew will field strong sides of course.
On the other hand, getting anyway near the Premier League title is not within Newcastle’s capabilities at all, so it makes some sense to target the Cups, and a cup win will get the club back into Europe too.
Alan Pardew could soon be without Joey Barton, who underwent a medical on Wednesday in London, so we assume terms have been agreed with QPR, and if the 28 year-old passes his medical, he will sign on for the London club tomorrow.
This is what Alan said about the cup competitions:
“A realistic target for this football club must be a cup competition because the Premier League title, with all due respect, is not a viable situation for us.”
“You want to be in the game to win things, that’s what we are in it for, so the two cup competitions are very big for us this year.”
“I guess what happened to Birmingham last year isn’t going to fill us all with great enthusiasm in terms of winning the cup and being relegated.”
“But if you feel you are strong enough to attack the cup and attack the Premier League with the squad you have, then of course it’s a target.”
“For us, you only had to look at our bench on Saturday and the players who didn’t make the bench – like Alan Smith, for example – to know that I feel we are much stronger squad-wise this year to attack this competition, and also to attack the FA Cup.”
“I was five minutes away from winning the FA Cup with West Ham, and that side wasn’t as good as the team I have here,” . “So it’s possible, with luck.”
Newcastle have not won a trophy since winning the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969, when Bobby Moncur was the captain and Joe Harvey was the manager.
And the last time we won a domestic cup was way back in 1955, when the lads won the FA Cup, when Jimmy Scoular was captain and Doug Livingstone was manager.
Alan Pardew will make some changes for the trip to Scunthorpe United on Thursday evening, but it may be he doesn’t make as many changes as we may expect.
It’s very important that Newcastle win this game, to keep the momentum going from the Sunderland win, and also to overcome the damage done that a fourth top Newcastle player this year, Joey Barton, is likely to leave the club, and probably on Thursday too.
Players like Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba, Alan Smith, Steve Harper and Mike Williamson could all be involved at Scunthorpe.
But the main thing is to win the game, and then we can concentrate on hammering Fulham at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
That would be three wins in a row and it would be a great start to the season for the Magpies, after a very difficult summer in the transfer window, which is not over yet.
Howay The Lads!!