Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle will go all out to win something this season.
Alan Pardew – celebrating Cabaye goal on Saturday
And Alan says Newcastle can do that because they have made such a good start to the Premier League and that it seems that Newcastle will be safe this year and that relegation will not be a threat.
That’s different from Birmingham last season when they won their first trophy since winning the League Cup back in 1963, but they ended up getting relegated.
And the Midlands club is now in some financial difficulties, but former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is doing a great job there, and they have just won 4 games in a row.
Alan Pardew talked today to the local Newcastle press, and he’s worked with Blackburn manager Steve Kean before:
“You can only strive for them if you’ve got success in the Premier League, because the stability of the football club depends on the stability in the Premier League.”
“Fortunately for us we have 19 points so that’s and outstanding effort by the team and it gives us a good situation.” “My team selection will be very much what I think is needed for the game.”
“I know Steve Kean, I’ve worked with Steve Kean, and this is a good professional person in terms of being in charge of a football club,” he said. “He’s got good experience.”
“He’s having a tough time with the home fans and that makes it tough for the team, so it’s a tough agenda for them. But it’s not something that they can’t come through.”
“As Mick McCarthy proved with Wolves at the weekend, sometimes just one little thing can change the whole dynamics of something.”
“I expect Wolves and Mick to kick on from that, and that’s what Steve Kean will be looking for; just something to grab hold of and to kick on from.” “I think it’s very important that they get a result so I think they’ll be very strong. “
It’s a cup-tie and at the level we’re playing at, there’s going to be nothing between us so it’s about desire and, on the night, making sure you do your job to the best of your ability – and hopefully win the game.
“They have an advantage. They’re the home side; penalties, extra time would be on their pitch, so it’s a tough game for us.”
It will certainly not be an easy game, and we watched Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon, and Blackburn showed a lot of fight and not a little skill in that game.
And 21 year old Junior Hoilett looked a good young player against Tottenham, and since his contract runs out next summer, and he seems unwilling to pen a new deal to stay at Ewood Park, we may see Newcastle move for him as early as January.
What do you think?