It’s already been a very positive season for Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew –
Newcastle are in 6th place in the league, 10 points above 7th placed Everton and with 7 points more than we got in all of last season, and we are 14 points better off than at the same stage of the season last year.
That’s not too bad at all, and we are all hoping we can have a good run-in over the last 7 games of the season, and maybe even secure a place in the Europa League for next season, but that’s by no means certain at the moment.
If we can get into 5th position in the league, and above Chelsea, that’s an automatic qualification of course, and that would be a fantastic finish to the season for Newcastle.
Alan was asked during his press conference yesterday, if he expected this kind of success at the beginning of the season:
“We’re a year ahead of schedule,” “I didn’t expect us to be fighting as close as we are at the moment for a European spot, but we’re going to take the chance in front of us if we can.”
“The target was to be in contention for Europe next year, now we find ourselves in contention for Europe this year.” “Football doesn’t often put an opportunity in front of you, so you’ve got to try and grasp it.”
“I’ve been saying that to the players.” “One of the keys has been the way the new players have settled. Victories have come at crucial times and we’ve been able to bounce back form defeats, some heavy ones as well, with good results.”
“All the squad have played a part. That doesn’t always happen at a team,” “You can go through a season and squad players come in and they do okay, but the team doesn’t get the same results.” “And there’s a little bit of bad feeling goes on between one group and the other, but we’ve not had that.”
“Players have come in and done as well as the ones that have gone out and I’ve not lost a wink of sleep over selecting someone over somebody else and that’s important.”
“A lot of things were settled last year and we put down the foundations of how we played and conducted ourselves around the training ground, and that’s followed through this season so it’s been a lot easier for the new players to settle into that environment.”
“You have to say we’ve had outstanding players, and you need that in the Premier League to achieve anything. You can’t get those results without outstanding players. That’s what we’ve got.”
It’s amazing that Newcastle have done so well after we lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique last year, and it’s a bit of an eye opener that those players have not fared too well at their new clubs.
And Newcastle’s transfer business in the last three transfer windows has been outstanding when we’ve picked up the likes of Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse, and they have all been very good buys.
But we cannot get ahead of ourselves with still 21 points to play for this season, and the lads have to finish just as high up in that league table as possible.
If we can do that by mid-May, the summer transfer season looks to be an excellent one for Newcastle, with the club already linked with a number of good players.