Alan Pardew has given a good interview in the Independent where he says the Newcastle rebuilding will never be complete.
Alan Pardew with Roy Hodgson yesterday
Alan looked worried – we mustn’t have scored for 5 minutes
Newcastle have made some excellent deals in the transfer market lately, picking up the likes of Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux for peanuts, compared with what the other top sides pay for their players.
Those five players cost Newcastle around £15M – and of course we did pay out around £9M for a certain Papiss Cisse, who has now scored 5 goals in just 6 appearances for the Magpies.
He looks a good buy, and just wait until he can speak English.
Newcastle have done brilliantly since they were promoted in May of 2010, and we didn’t do too bad before that either, when we walked away with the Championship with a massive 102 points in our promotion season.
Thanks to Chris Hughton for that, and for getting us off to a good starts least season, his contributions at Newcastle will never be forgotten.
We hope to see Chris at St. James Park soon with his new club, Birmingham City.
Alan Pardew talked about the rebuilding which will always be going on:
“Is the rebuilding complete? It is never complete, we have to try and move forward,” “We are trying to compete with teams that have got twice our budget, twice our wage bill, have huge investment in their teams.”
“For us, we’ve got to try and bridge that gap with sometimes looking a little left field in terms of the transfer market.” “Myself and my staff have managed to pull a few gems but you’ve got to back it up and this summer.”
“We’ve got to make sure we get it right again otherwise we will never bridge the gap.” “It is important we bring in the players that will take us forward. We are making sure we don’t miss a Cabaye or a Demba Ba.”
“People say we have won with grit and now flair and you don’t amass 50 points by this stage of the season without having all those qualities,”
“All those little things are important and, when you’ve got players like we have at the top of the pitch, you are going to score goals.”
Alan Pardew has come in for some stick from Newcastle fans in the 16 months he’s been on Tyneside, but quite truthfully we’ve been amazed at how good he’s been, in many different areas.
And we were the ones who assured everybody when he came to Newcastle, that he would be hopeless.
But we’re so glad he has proved us absolutely and diabolically wrong – good for Alan.
But Newcastle cannot live on our laurels, and we cannot get carried away by two wins in a row, after going four games with only two points.
The only thing that matters now is to beat Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, that’s the next game, and winning it is all that matters.
If we win that one we can celebrate wildly again for a few days, and then we have a game at Swansea, which will again be very tough.
50 points and counting - Howay The Lads!!