Pardew – Top Six Possible – We’re Going For It


It’s a long time since we felt so upbeat about Newcastle.

Alan Pardew – aiming for top six

The arrival of Papiss Cisse has shown that Mike Ashley really does want to build a good side on Tyneside, and of course he’s getting a lot of help from Alan Pardew, who is looking like an excellent manager for the club.

Not only is Alan great in front of the cameras, but he knows his stuff, wants to play attacking football, is ambitious  and seems to have the complete confidence of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.

To have Newcastle 6th in the league after 21 games is just astounding, but we have brought in some excellent players since Alan arrived at Newcastle.

Those players include Ben Arfa who was signed permanently by Alan last January, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and now Papiss Cisse, and they all first team starters for Newcastle.

The Newcastle fans are upbeat too, as we’ve now seen some of the Andy Carroll money spent, and it seems Newcastle have got a bargain with Cisse, since the initial fee seems to be £7.5M rising to £9M based on incentives.

We expect Cisse to do well and for him to cost the full £9M, but if he’s as good as we think he is, he’s as good a striker as other top clubs are paying £25M and more for.

A little hint – think what Manchester City and Liverpool have paid for their strikers over the last year.

And the Newcastle manager has his eyes set on a top six finish if at all possible:

“The more it goes and the closer it gets to the end. I have said all along, that last six games, if we can find ourselves in with a shout, there might be less pressure on us, so we could make an impact.”

“We are, after 21 games, the sixth best team, and that’s what we can try to improve on. It would be an absolute marvel if we finished sixth or fifth, but we are going to try, and see where it takes us.”

Newcastle just need to keep things ticking along in January and February while Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are away, and we are still hoping for at least a center-back and maybe a younger player to come in to bolster the squad before February 1st rolls around.

The best thing is to take one game at a time, and next up is Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, and a win is possible in that game, but we’d be happy enough with a draw.

Alan Pardew of course will be going all out for the win – and why not?

A top six finish will almost guarantee us a place in Europe next season, which now has to be a top goal of the club, given what a resurgent Newcastle  have done so far this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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193 comments so far

  • ToonIcon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    can see us definitley getting a top 6 place

    also repost from last thread ………..

    ToonIcon // Jan 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    now most of us have found peace in MA and his plan do we feel the same about DL or is he still public enemey number 1 ???

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    DAAAMMMNN too late

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #4

    sorry redondo 🙂

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  • Dimitri

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    6th place? no problem!

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  • Dimitri

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Bullseye!

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    @1
    I never had problem with MA. I was even called MA love child by some people here.
    Anyway it turns out NUFC did very well in shopping for players and very tricky. All the news pointing at other dirrection like to Erdinc, etc. then suddenly we already signed Cisse.
    I can’t wait watching the game against Liverpool and beat them 5-0.

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t imagine if all rumours saying we are in business with Cissokho, Tomkins, Clyne, Verthongen, etc. and it turns out that we signed Enrique back from Liverfool.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Top six, would be class, way above anybody’s expectations at the start of the year, Shola is a decent player but has always lacked application, if he could be bothered to lose two stone he would be pretty good, however he is clearly unfit, for me offers just about the same as Shefki Kuqi would, no excuse for not getting fit enough to play at least 60mins.

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #11

    lads i think we are all jumping the gun thinking we have a top 6 or 7 spot nailed on,there is plenty of the season left so i am just going to keep my fingers crossed we are there or there abouts at the end of the season,remember how times change it was only 2 seasons ago we were in the championhip and now we are flying and the feel good factor is back,for good hopefully

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  • Partizan

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Ameobi = Red card

    lol

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #13

    What is the lowest position we can finish to get into europe?

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    the important thing is we are already safe from relegation and still have 17 games to play. nolonger worrying about relegation, why not going after top 6

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #15

    @13
    6

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Reckon Fulham might be a banana skin tbh. They play their hearts out for the shirt and we’re without two main players. I just hope Besty and Arfa step up to the plate.

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    @JTOONJ/redondo: It depends on the cups, doesn’t it?

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh okay, thanks!

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Thump

    if the winner is in top 6 then the runner up goes to europa

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  • Partizan

    Jan 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Thump..Who is missing for Fulham?

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #21

    @Thump
    I agree mate, Fulham can have a few surprises up their sleeves, i’m not confident about this one but hoping for the best.
    They can loose 5-0 one game but then show up the next and win 3-0 against a better team.
    Potentially dangerous cause u don’t know where u have them.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    If the runner up is in the top 6, then it’s then the 7th team in the league isn’t it???

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Stoke is in europa, right? I don’t think they finished 7th.

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m happy for 1 point at Craven Cottage. Top 6 finish ? we need some miracle to make it for sure.

    However I dare to dream it ! HWTL !

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  • redondo77

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry miss-read, I don’t think 7th will go to europa. I think there is quota on how many teams/league can go to europa.

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #26

    @Partizan: Tioté, Ba and potentially Cabaye. You can throw in Cissé if you like but given we haven’t played him, we don’t really know what it is we’re missing.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Not so sure about the miracle thing ginkoh???!!!

    we are 6th now on merit. 21 games played. If we can take 7 points from next 4 games and advance in the cup, then we are on for a cracking season.

    I think we will finish stronger than Liverpool and possibly Arsenal. I am convinced we are a better team, despite them having cracking individuals.

    Just hope we smash Liverpool at home. would make my season to whip them and also stuff the mackems again.

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    With Ba and Tiote (not to mention Cisse) we’d be strong favorites at Craven Cottage. Assuming Cabaye plays, we should still be slightly favored. My concern, like all of us, is where the goals will come from.

    Clint Dempsey for NUFC!
    (sorry, got carried away there)

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    pizzi… posted about a week ago that it seemed like MA had lost some weight.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Basically with Europe its 5th, 6th if both finalists of the FA cup are already in Europe.

    Stoke got in because they got to the FA cup final and the winners had already qualified through the league.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Thump…Oh right,sorry i thought some Fulham players were missing.I didn’t realize you were talking about our players.

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  • eastend toon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #32

    7th is possible, and then theres the fair play league, ie fulham last season

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #33

    redondo – Fulham also made it, something to do with fair play got them in wasn’t it?

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  • achtoon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Birmingham were also in europe and fulham. All depends on cups and where teams finish in CL

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Here is a poll idea. Which would you rather have?

    European football next year (with a presumed top-6 finish) and lose against both Liverpool and…that other team…

    OR

    Crush Liverpool 4-0 and another 6-1 demoltion of S**derland in the Derby?

    You can only have one or the other. I don’t honestly know.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Fulham are usually pretty decent defensively at home but I fancy us to be extra motivated and nick it due to our scheduled holiday.

    The lads aren’t gonna want to go away on the back of a defeat.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    haha this was actually my post on twitter last week:

    “And Paul Smith wrote: “Is it just me or does it seem like Mike Ashley has lost some weight?””

    appeared in the chronicle today.. might claim copyright haha

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #38

    on the poll…if you beat liverpool and Sunderland, you miss Europe next year…

    sorry, wasn’t clear.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Also its 6th if the winner of league cup is in europe as it doesnt go to the runner up.

    Basically its 6th and 7th as well if both finalists of FA Cup are already qualified and the winner of league cup is already in europe.

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  • eastend toon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #40

    europe every time

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