Newcastle have won seven and drawn four in their first eleven games in Europe.
Alan Pardew – so far so very good
And next up for the side is Manchester City who have spent more than half a billion pounds on assembling their team over the last three years – and it’s probably the best team money can buy.
I often wonder what happened to to one of the best Youth Academies in England when one expensive player after another have been brought in to build the side into what the owners want to see – a European Champions winner – and as quickly as possible.
You cannot accuse the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley of wild spending in the transfer market.
But the astute business man has a vision for how to build up a good side, and his plan is to invest in Youth and Newcastle’s scouting network, so the club can keep developing their top youngsters and finding bargains like Yohan Cabate and Cheick Tiote in the transfer market, who together cost only £8M for the club.
It’s turning out to be a wise strategy after a few disasters along the way, since Mike bought the club back in th summer of 2007.
One of them was relegation just over two years ago, but since then Newcastle have come surging back to the big time and now in a couple of weeks they will get a chance to see how good they are against three of the top sides in England and Europe.
Man City, Man United and Chelsea are next up in that order, with only the last one being played at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew, who is enjoying his best run ever in managetment at the highest level, was certainly energized at the end of Newcastle gutsy 2-1 win against Everton on Saturday.
He was seen roaring at the referee that time was up and pointing at his watch – when there were still 30 seconds to go in added time.
And at the end of the game after shaking the hand of David Moyes, he left for the dressing room, but not before he punched his fist in the air to the Newcastle fans as he disappeared down the tunnel.
And a good Saturday night were had by all, or at least that’s what they were told on Sunday morning. 😀
Alan seems like he cannot wait to test his new Newcastle side against the big boys:
“All I do know is that if you are going to go somewhere to like that, you want to be in the mood we are in. Whatever I put in front of them, they think they are going to win. That inner belief is very, very important.
“After Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City might be second or third in that group of the best in Europe. We are going to the best in Europe in the next two games and we couldn’t be better-placed to do it.”
It’s probably a good time to meet Man United and Chelsea, since their confidence isn’t sky high at the moment, but Man City look a terrific side, and our Newcastle lads will be hard pressed to take anything out of the game.
Newcastle and Man City are the only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League too – so it could be called the clash of the Titans, but it won’t be.
But Newcastle have surprised us big time this season, and we are very willing to have that happen again in the next three games.
If we can get three points out of the three games, it will keep us up there in the top five as we are currently a good 6 points above Liverpool in 6th place.
And if Alan Pardew can keep up his fantastic work at the club, he will soon be elevated to a status not often seen at Newcastle with their managers, but where Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson are currently held.
The Londoner knows that, and seems to be working his socks off the bring success to Newcastle United.
And so far so very good!