Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches are doing their very best to ensure the Newcastle players keep their feet firmly on the ground.
Alan Pardew — with his record – no wonder he’s laughing!
After the best start by Newcastle in 16 years, Newcastle are indeed flying high, and have 22 points from their first 10 league games of the season, and are in 3rd place, 3 points clear of Chelsea.
How could anyone have thought back in August that Newcastle would be doing so well? Not many, and we certainly didn’t think they would do this so well so quickly.
Remember it’s only a little more than two years ago that Newcastle were at their lowest point for many many seasons, after being relegated in May of 2009 from the Premier League, for the very first time.
But it’s testament to Alan Pardew and his coaches, that they have managed to integrate the seven new players signings into the squad very well and very quickly.
Newcastle remain unbeaten in the league and indeed in their 13 matches this season in all competitions, the lads have won eight, drawn four and lost only once.
And as former manager Chris Hughton used to do before him, Alan is concentrating only on one game at a time, and the only thing that matters now is preparing the team thoroughly for the tough home game against Everton on Saturday, which has a 12:45pm kick off.
This is what Alan said today:
“We have had a great start and have shown a lot of sides to us as a team. But we look no further than that,”
“We are coming up against a very good established Premier League side in Everton, with a great manager and good players.”
“And you have to respect every team in this division. And that is what we will do for the next game.”
“We are playing with confidence and have got a decent side. How good it is, we don’t know, but we are just going from game to game at the moment.”
“Expectation levels are not rising or going through the roof. Everybody has their feet on the ground and we are just hoping to keep it going.”
It’s far too early to talk about qualifying for Europe or any such thing, and what the lads want to do is to get as many points as possible on the board before the end of this year, and then Alan Pardew and the coaches can take it from there.
And the likelihood is that owner Mike Ashley will back his manager big time in January, by bringing in as many as three new players to further strengthen the Magpies squad.
Things are looking great at the moment on Tyneside, but let’s keep taking just one game at a time – just like Alan is.
Howay The Lads!!