Alan Pardew has said his team are ahead of schedule as they hold 4th position in the Premier League, and he’d like to stay there.
Alan Pardew – no problems at Newcastle – it will not last
But there’s nothing Alan Pardew can do about it if Newcastle can beat Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, because they will be in 4th place for at least another week.
And Alan seems guarded about over-confidence of the players, and getting carried away with the good start to the season, as he said this to the Daily Mirror:
“If you’re not on your guard and start thinking you’re a good player or coach, then the Premier League quickly comes back to bite you,”
“I think there’s one or two I have to be on my guard about, but I won’t mention names.” “The players are producing really well at the moment. Whoever we put in the team, they seem to have a bit of form and confidence.”
“We are seven unbeaten and the points total so far has been decent. We’re probably slightly ahead of schedule, and that’s where we want to stay.”
“There’s been one or two games we haven’t functioned that well in, but we’ve still managed to get through them with our resilience. We need a bit more than that, though, and if we get a good win against Rovers, then it would be a really good start.”
So who are the one or two players he has his eye on, who may think they are better than they are?
And we don’t think that things have gone too smoothly, but certainly there have been few player problems this season, although with Joey Barton now gone, the reporters may have to create some problems at Newcastle to report on, but that’s been done before too.
Alan Pardew was asked about the lack of problems at Newcastle so far this season:
“It won’t last.” “I know it’s probably not too good for reporters, as you haven’t got any bombs going off. But I’m sure there will be at some point.”
“Offensively, there’s still much more to come,” “Forget about new players coming in, I think with what we’ve got here, offensively, we’re going to be showing more than we have so far.”
“What’s been forgotten is that we’re in our second year in the Premier League, which is always the most difficult.” “I always say you never close the door, because football is like that,” “But all I can say is that I am happy.”
Newcastle have made a good start this season, but the only thing that matters right now is that the next step is to beat Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, and if they can do that then Newcastle could well keep surprising us on the upside this season.
That’s what we are hoping for.