In Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of Newcastle he had been at the club only a couple of days, and Alan Pardew’s team beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday 11th December.
Alan Pardew – I’m loving it at Newcastle
And Newcastle will meet Liverpool tomorrow in the same fixture this season, in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park, and he will be hoping again to grab all 3 points.
The Newcastle manager has admitted to finish above Liverpool this season would be very special:
“To finish above them, I have to tell you, the wine will taste nice in the summer. But that’s not going to be easy because their run-in is much smoother than ours.”
“I think it’s very important we don’t lose. If somebody said, ‘Would you take a draw?’ I would.” “But we will be trying to win for our fans, who are really up for it, and our stadium will be rocking.”
“It might be a high-scoring game with the players on the pitch. If I have to suffer a 5-4 victory, I will have to take it!’’
Newcastle are currently 8 points above Liverpool, and in 6th position with only 8 league games to play, and there is some hope the lads can qualify for the Europa League for next season.
And as far as Alan Pardew seeking another manager position, he seems not to be interested, and says he just loves it at Newcastle:
“I’m loving it here. I don’t want to go anywhere else.” “In the past when I’ve been a manager, I’ve kept one eye on vacancies and thought, ‘That would be nice’.”
“But I don’t think like that now. You get to a certain age as a manager and you know that the grass isn’t always greener.” “It’s not just about me.”
“It has been a team effort right across the board from everyone at the club. We are all able to take a little bit of credit for the balance sheet. But, above all, it is about results.”
“We have a strategy in place which has proved successful.” “We have sold players but we have gone out and identified replacements such as Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse who have gelled quickly.”
The Newcastle strategy is being executed almost flawlessly this season, and Newcastle have never been as high as 6th position, since Bobby Robson was managing the club from 1999 through 2004.
But there is a decent chance that Newcastle can finish in 6th place, and with a little luck that should be enough to get back into Europe for the first time since the 2006-2007 under Glenn Roeder, when we finished in 7th place and won six of our last seven league games.
It would help a lot if Newcastle can get all 3 points tomorrow afternoon against Liverpool.
Howay The Lads!!