Geordie pride is returning to Newcastle, as the team is doing so much better this season than we ever thought possible.
John Carver and Alan Pardew – have done great this year
When Alan Pardew was appointed Newcastle manager last December, not many fans thought he would be a good appointment, in fact most of us thought it was simply a hopeless choice.
Pardew was not particularly welcomed on Tyneside, but he did well to win his first game at home to Liverpool 3-1 and talked a good game as soon as he arrived, and the players seemed to immediately take to him.
The Wimbledon-born former West Ham manager maintained the momentum former manager Chris Hughton had created last season, and Newcastle finished in 12the position in the league, with no relegation concerns.
And we would have been in 9th place but for a collapse in the last 30 minutes of the season, when the lads conceded three goals against West Brom in that final game, and at home too.
Newcastle will assume second place in the league if they can beat Everton tomorrow, and that’s until Manchester United get 3 points against Sunderland at Old Trafford later tomorrow.
After relegation just two years ago, most fans are more realistic and down to earth about Newcatsle’s chances of success.
And today, Pardew has rejected claims that the fans are thinking about a European Champions League position for next season, which would happen if Newcastle somehow finished in the top four:
“I really don’t sense that,” “When I’ve been in and around the city, most people are just really pleased with the way things are going.”
“There’s a pride and maybe this team has gone a long way towards putting a spring back in everyone’s step.”
“But I don’t see people thinking we are going to be Champions League material or a top-four team.”
“I don’t see that pressure building. Maybe it will if we are still in this position with two months of the season to go, but not at the moment, no.”
Gabriel Obertan is not available for the game tomorrow with an infected toe, and Cheick Tiote is not as certain as we thought of starting the game, and the Ivorian will have a fitness test on his injured knee tomorrow morning.
Cheick was only “touch and go” today for the game after missing Monday’s 3-1 win at Stoke City, and if he is unavailable then Danny Guthrie will get another chance to impress, in his efforts to win a new contract at Newcastle.