Foundation Of Newcastle Success Down To A Great Squad

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.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Here’s hoping indeed Ed. So happy we have a game tomorrow…really hoping we can take advantage of this early game and pile the pressure on Chelsea for their game. I do expect Chelsea to get 3 points this weekend, but we need to keep them worrying.

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Simmo will play at center half tomorrow if Perch is unfit , id prefer tiote to be honest ..

    But we must boss their midfield therefore tiote is probably more required there than at center half

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Ben3Arfa…I think it will be simmo too. I’ve thought about Tiote, but agree, he’s needed in the DM role to break it up before it’s gets to the CB’s.

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben3Arfa – If Tiote was to play CB. then that is a penalty waiting to happen IMO

    Perch will be fit I think. He may have to borrow Saylor’s face mask for the day tho 😉

  • martoon

    Apr 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I think there is no doubt Simmo would play CB if Perchinho is not fit. People suggesting Santon………..there is more chance of the mackems renamimg their ground to SJP than that. 😉

  • Faddj

    Apr 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    It can only be simmo really, but the CB position should nail him back – he can’t afford to be part of the wide midfield this game. Not really worried, I think he’ll be good there and Willo is starting to light up a bit now he’s got the back line boss’s job – he should keep them all in check. I think Santon should be in line for recall so Jonas can get his spot back, and if Santon behaves Jonas can be back to his old self terrorising the left side, he’s been missing for too long. If he did, we could finally see the most devastating attack formation we have had for some time.

    On the old players who have gone, the formula is simple – forget their obvious football talent; what was sold and shipped out was their attitude – selfish, which is useless in a club, let alone a team. Those who have left may have sweated blood on the pitch and wanted glory, but behind the scenes they wanted as much money as they could, and when money & glory wasn’t forthcoming overnight, they wanted to switch loyalties to ANY club that could offer that quickest. By definition, cheaper, talented players who focus on the team as a whole and value the club as a tradition know exactly what they are fighting for, and because they aren’t ‘big’ signings, they know that hard work and dedication to the cause requires some patience and waiting in turn. That’s what we have exchanged those primadonnas for, and it’s all good. Thanks for the 4-4 joey, the 5under1and kev, and for getting us back into the Prem Jose and Andy, and farewell. Enjoy your money, it looks like that’s going to be your comfort when you look back on your career.

    There’s a rant of a morning 🙂

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Is it me of do others on this blog thinks that Pardew might be the next Alex Ferguson?

  • WLtoon

    Apr 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    When Pardew first came to the club alot of us did,nt fancy him,yet listening to West ham and Charlton fans on the radio.they could,nt praise him enough,and now we know why.
    It just goes to show that just bcos someone has,nt won alot and does,nt have a high profile,does,nt mean he cant manage a team and do a damn good job.
    If it was,nt for Rodgers at Swansea,Pardew would get Manager of the Year.


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