Pardew – The Hunger Has To Be There At Newcastle

The mid-season break in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands ends today.

John Carver and Alan Pardew

The lads have been recharging their batteries in the sunshine, and are getting ready for the last four months of the season, which will decide how well Newcastle do in the Premier League and in the FA Cup, and whether Newcastle can again qualify for Europe.

Alan was on BBC Newcastle yesterday and he wants to make sure  his players have the hunger for success, which he thought was missing in the second half against Fulham on Saturday, and the squad have talked about that this week.

This is what Alan said:

“The hunger is something I am trying to drive. Some of the younger players have not been this close before to where we are going,”

”Shola Ameobi is one of the exceptions but it is important to get the message across that we have a fantastic opportunity here and we cannot let it go.”

“I can sense in the squad they see an opportunity. We are just going to try and play the best football we can to try and take it.”

“The second half at Fulham disappointed me a bit in terms of the hunger, in terms of getting it back. We discussed that.”

“I said all along if we can get to seven or eight games to go and be sixth or seventh or whatever, we have a great opportunity.”

“We still have some distance to get there so we have this period of the season which is very, very important.”  “When you get near the end the finishing line is in sight and everyone focuses.”

“The better teams get better in that period – it is very rare Manchester United will lose in that period, or someone else going for the title.”

“When you are in good form that period gets easier, it is the period where there is not a finishing line in sight that is difficult. You just have to keep in there.”

“The better teams have the experience to do that. If we had had more experience at Fulham we would have won, no doubt about that.”

“We kind of just slipped up there and that us the sort of thing we have to be on our guard against.”

It was a disappointment on Saturday, no doubt about it, but it was only one game and a maximum 3 points lost.

But other top teams are faltering, and they include both Liverpool and Arsenal who are the teams directly below and above Newcastle in the league right now.

Newcastle have an excellent chance of finishing in 7th place in the league, because we are 6 points ahead of Stoke with a much better goal difference,  so that’s essentially 7 points clear of Stoke.

And with any luck and some good form from Newcastle,  the lads could even finish above Liverpool and Arsenal and in a very high 5th place,  which will give us automatic qualification into the Europa League.

That sounds really good to us,  and we have hardly even mentioned the FA Cup.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    shola get back driving that mini-van please……..

  • Beattie25

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Hey guys. I’m a Rail Steward that works at Newcastle Central Station and a Virgin Train chartered by ‘Richie Branson’ has pulled into platform 6.

    The train came from Scotland and 7 people walked of the first class cabin and asked me the way to St James PAek. Of course I corrected them and told them it’s the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ but there names were:

    Mr. T Ossin-TheCaber
    Mr. D McMuffin
    Miss. I Buleve
    Mr. W Wallace from the clan Wallace
    Mr. N Jelavic
    Mr. V Wanyama
    Mr. G Hooper

    I’m excited

  • JackButler

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Forster set to join Celtic for 2mil, a good keeper but not in the same league as Krul

  • Beattie25

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey guys. I’m homeless and unemployed and collect my dole every Wednesday at the Newcastle Job Centre. I was sat there and 5 men walked through the door all asking to start a new claim.

    They said they were ade redundant and were seeking Job Seekers Allowance, There names were:

    Mr. A Smith
    Mr P. Lovenkrands
    Mr. J Perch
    Miss. S Ameobi
    Mr. Plan B


  • JackButler

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Beattie25 – planb signs on in sunderland, not Newcastle

  • G

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Boring day Beattie?

  • Beattie25

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #7

    @ JB

    He must be a benefit cheat claiming 2 lot of dole

  • Beattie25

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I am so bored

  • G

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Figured. lol.

  • DembaAndTheBas

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi guys,
    I know it’s probably too let to ask but by any chance has anyone got a ticket/tickets to the Brighton game that they would like to sell for any reason?

    I’ve been a Newcastle fan ever since I started watching football and have lived in Brighton my whole life but have been unable to get a ticket in either end!!!

    Any help would be much appreciated

    A very desperate man

    You can email me at


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