Alan Pardew is trying to make sure that his players keep their feet on the ground.
Alan Pardew – happy after great win at Stoke
And the Newcastle manager, who has been a huge success so far on Tyneside, thinks that if Newcastle can get a point against Everton at home on Saturday afternoon, it will be a good result for the side, and that will certainly keep Newcastle in 3rd place in the league.
But after the Everton game Newcastle have to play Man City, Man United and Chelsea on successive Saturdays, so we’re sure Alan would love to win the game against the Toffees, but is rightly trying to limit the expectations.
And Everton are always a very difficult side to play, because their manager David Moyes is one of the best coaches around, and that’s in the true sense of the word, since he always gets the very best out of his players.
When was the last time you saw Everton spend big money in the transfer market?
In the corresponding fixtures last year each side won their away game, with Newcastle beating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park, with a great goal from Ben Arfa, and then Everton beat Newcastle 2-1 earlier this year at St. James’ Park.
David Moyes is a great manager, and he’s amassed a very good side with very little money available, and that is how you can gauge which coaches are the really good ones.
It’s what the great Bobby Robson did way back at Ipswich, when he was starting out as a manager, and he regularly had the East Anglia side in the top six in the English first division, but never had much money to spend on players.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the game on Saturday:
“I think we have an immediate goal in front of us,” “We are playing against an Everton side on Saturday who have some good players and a manager who is one of the best in the world.”
“If we can get through that game – even get a point – and get to Manchester City unbeaten that would be fantastic. That would be my immediate goal for the team.”
“We are not really looking at the bigger picture, we are looking at the next game, and if we can focus on that we can have a really good season.”
The good news for Newcastle is that Everton will be without their Belgian International on Saturday, 23 year-old central midfielder Marouane Fellaini, and he’s one of their best players.
The midfielder has played 100 times for Everton with 16 goals, and he’s serving a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings this season. Lucky Newcastle.
It will defintiely be a tough game on Saturday, and while we’d be happy with a draw, a win is really what we want to see, given that we have three even tougher games coming up after Saturday.
What do you think?