Pardew – Newcastle Are The Least Favorites – That’s Probably Right

Alan Pardew held his news conference for the Stoke City game this afternoon at the Benton Training grounds.

Alan Pardew – important we don’t get carried away

Alan was asked if he would be disappointed if Newcastle finished 5th top at the end of the season, given that Newcastle are now in such a good position in the league table, and this is how Alan answered:

“A successful season for us would be Europe, there’s no doubt about that. Any European qualification would be brilliant.”

“The Champions League is something that really we shouldn’t be competing for, but we are, and we are going to go for that as best we can.”

“We are batting well above our level in terms of the teams and the salaries and transfer fees that these other clubs have paid. We shouldn’t even be anywhere near them.”

“Players, like fans, are not stupid, they know if they have got a chance. Our fans are sensing that we have got a chance, and so are our players.”

“But we have still got to be able to produce it on game-day, and game-day is what it is all about at this level.”  “You get complacent or get nervous or get edgy, like a couple of the other sides.”

“They have got a bit edgy – we haven’t shown any signs of that and hopefully we won’t.”  “Perhaps expectation is not really too great on us. “

“If you asked any of these on-line betting agencies who is the least favourite, we are probably it, and that’s probably right.”

Alan Pardew was very low key in his press conference this afternoon, and he obviously wants to keep his players down to earth, and with their feet firmly on the ground.

The manager said  it was very important the players didn’t  start congratulating each other,  or patting themselves on the back just yet, and there was plenty of time for that at the end of the season.

But Alan though it important that nobody get carried away with Newcastle’s high position in the league table.

The way Alan acted this afternoon, it certainly looks like the manager is by no means getting carried away with anything, and the only thing on his mind is to beat  Stoke City on Saturday.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Stoke should go home crying by all accounts.

  • super magpie

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Stoke have only scored 11 away this season so they aren’t too much of a threat, their only is high balls- set pieces, hoofball. Too 1 dimensional. I’m surprised stoke haven’t really ever struggled since they got promoted , surely teams have found them out by now? I think they’ll struggle next season.

  • Klatoon

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Gjamie89, you were asking about shirts, how about getting the French Euro 2012 shirt for Alain Pardeux’s french revolution 🙂

  • super magpie

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Lawro’s. Predicted us to win, fear the worst…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Dunno if any 1 has downloaded the 20 seasons of th prem app on iphone but it is quality!!!!

  • spitfire_

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Some interesting Alan Pardew stuff in tomorrows #thejournal. #nufc boss goes into depth on planning for Europe – plus shock team news

    Shock news? Hope is not about Krul.

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    @Klatoon- if Hatem goes to the Euros I probably will get a shirt not a bad idea.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew’s done the complete opposite of what Keegan would do. Well done Alan. Keegan would have gone on about how he would “luv it” if we made into the Champions League and invite huge and unnecessary pressure on our players.

    Pardew always gives brilliant interviews for our club, players and fans. It’;s a very difficult and important part of a manager and he does it with ease.

    Class act Pardew keep up the great work.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I hate Stoke’s brand of football and even though Tony Pulis would be glad to see us reach Europe I still despise the man and his baseball cap!

    Watching Stoke ‘play football’ is like watching Rugby but worse. I don’r know what’s more boring to watch Stoke or that stupid sport they call Curling.

    I am not expecting an easy game however unfortunately I feel we’ll have to see these football wannabes from Stoke for a few more years to come as they comfortably sit in mid table every season. I am surprised they do so well with hoof ball and Judas would be a great signing for them.

    2-1 to the Toon!


  • karasu

    Apr 20, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Stoke’s attack may not be easy on the eye but their defence is nothing to laugh at. They took points from Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham twice among other victims. We’ll do well to keep on our toes.


    Apr 20, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #11

    By all accounts Pardew is trying to take a bit of pressure
    off the lads with this interview!

    On paper and on present form we should beat them but they will want revenge for their home defeat against us earlier this year so this aint going to be easy!

    Hope no-one important gets injured! It would take only one
    ( Break the leg challenge ) challenge from some village idiot to send our Europe chances into free-fall!

    A lot depends on the match officials! Been some real dodgy decisions in other fixtures just recently!

    Lawro does,nt know what he,s on about most of the time! So i would,nt be fussed about his predictions!

  • DeadGrizzly

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12

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