One of the things that Alan Pardew himself doesn’t want to do, and certainly he doesn’t wants his coaches or players doing – is to get ahead of themselves.
Alan Pardew – keeping his feet on the ground
So even though Newcastle are now playing some good football to go with their excellent results, Alan fends off questions about Newcastle possibly qualifying Europe this season, and finishing high up in the league.
The goal this year is to do better than we did last year, and it seems a reasonable target this season to be in the top ten in the Premier League.
And even before that, the goal is to get to 40 points so that Newcastle are safe in the Premier League for next season.
So when Alan was asked yesterday what the team could achieve this season, Alan had this to say:
“We would have 19 points if we won on Saturday and that is halfway to safety,”
As Newcastle pile up the points, those questions will keep being put to Alan, but the Londoner seems to have a very good temperament, and certainly doesn’t get carried away - either on the up side or the down side, as some of us tend to do.
There’s just no way Alan will let the players think they are a good side, and it’s a challenge on Saturday afternoon against Wigan, and we have a feeling it will be a tougher game than many fans expect.
But all that really matters right now is preparing for the game on Saturday, so that when 5:00 pm comes around on Saturday, Newcastle will have 19 points – and remain in 4th place in the league.
And as Alan will no doubt remind us, we’re almost half way to safety.
What do you think?