We’ve written a few articles recently about the possibility of Newcastle qualifying for the Europa Cup next season.
Alan Pardew – keeping his feet firmly on the ground
That will be at least one season earlier than any official plans at St. James’ Park, and we are also trying to keep our feet on the ground and not get too carried away – like in days of old.
But that relegation disaster in May, 2009 really had a lasting effect on us, and we are more cautious these days about what is possible for the Newcastle club.
But we are still very willing to be surprised by what Newcastle can achieve this season, and so far Alan Pardew and his team have done just great, and all credit to them for that.
Alan Pardew has said he will have a go at finishing as high up in the league as possible this season, and that games like today at Craven Cottage, without three of our best players in Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, are very important games for Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi says the players are not getting too carried away either:
“I guess at the start of the season people would not have put us in the position we are currently in, but I think you see every season there are teams that surpass people’s expectations.”
“You deserve to be where you are in the league. The teams that go down deserve to go down. We deserved to go down three seasons ago because we were not good enough.”
“So on the flip side of that, you deserve to be where you are because we have played well this season.” “We have players who can win us games. “
“We are not getting too ahead of ourselves and know it is still a long way to go until May 13, so we are just keeping our heads down.”
“The manager has dealt with the whole situation well, with the players and the fact he has not let us get out of hand and be something that we are not.”
“He knows the formula for our success is hard work and if we keep on doing that, there is no reason why we cannot be in this position at the end of the season.”
That’s just exactly what we want to see from the Newcastle players through the rest of the season.
Hard work and playing their hearts out for the Newcastle cause, and with any luck we may just surprise ourselves this season, starting this afternoon with a possible win at Fulham.
A win will have us in 5th position in the league tonight, at least until Arsenal host Manchester United tomorrow afternoon.