If there’s one good thing about Alan Pardew it’s that the Newcastle manager is down to earth.
Alan Pardew – fantastic job done buy Newcastle manager this season
Alan will not get carried away by Newcastle almost certainly qualifying for the Europa League next season.
But we could very well hear the manager soon say that the new target is to qualify for the Champions League, and that’s not beyond Newcastle either, being only one point out of 4th place at the moment.
To show how real Alan is – he was asked by the reporters recently whether he’d like to stay long term at Newcastle – and he calmly uttered he’d stay at the club just as long as Newcastle were winning.
That’s so very true, such is the results oriented business of being a football manager these days.
Alan is also clear that this had not to be a flash in the pan for Newcastle, and they have to do it all over again next season, and the season after that.
Alan is quite prepared to do it all again, and he was asked if he was determined to do it again next season:
“Of course I am, and not just that – we have been down to the bones with about eight big first-team players in the treatment room.”
“But the squad has just come through absolutely brilliantly, and it just sums us up, what we have been about all year, and we must never lose that.”
“It’s important that the players understand that this is a new team, but we have got to do it again next year.”
“It is not just about this year, it’s about doing it every week, and that’s what we as a coaching staff try to drill into our players. Every week, every game, we ave got to be at our best and at the minute, we are.”
This has been an amazing season so far, and most of us are still pinching ourselves, to make sure it’s all real.
But the last thing Newcastle will do is to take their foot off the accelerator, in the last five games of the season.
And Europa League qualification should even take the pressure off the Newcastle players, so they can now go all out to finish 4th top in the league.
And they can even achieve what seemed impossible last August – qualify for a Champions League position – and some of us were hoping we’d just avoid relegation this season.
What a story this can now become for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!