Alan Pardew Has Had Tremendous First Full Season On Tyneside

Alan Pardew was more than pleased with the way he and his players were greeted by the Newcastle crowd on their lap of honor at the end of  the game yesterday – even though the lads lost 2-0 to Manchester City.

Alan Pardew – appreciative of crowd after the game

Alan Pardew has had a tremendous first full season at Newcastle,  and the fact that Newcastle have already picked up 65 points is good proof of that.

Of course that will put pressure on Newcastle next season to do even better, and the summer transfer window starts to look extremely important for Newcastle.

But that’s what success is all about, and any successful side have to expect the expectations to be raised.

But first things first, and Alan was so appreciative of the Newcastle fans yesterday:

“The fans at the end were brilliant,” “We’ve taken a club with great tradition and history back where it belongs – to the top of the division.”

“Now the task is to try to finish it off, and then next year to try to stay there. It won’t be easy.”  “The statue unveiling was a nice moment on a lovely day,” “The only thing that spoiled it was the result.”

“We unveiled the Bobby Robson statue for our fans, and the sun was out.” “The way the game was conducted was good, too. There was a great spirit to the game and great honor from both teams.”

“The fans gave us the respect, and we have given them it back too.” “The only down side was that we got beat.”

Picky picky.

Newcastle have won 19 games this season, and that’s two more than Champions League finalists Chelsea have won, and we have kept 15 clean sheets – and that shows the Newcastle defense can be solid, but the defense still seems to have been the Achilles heel of the side.

That’s why we expect at least two good defenders to be brought in this summer, and if Danny Simpson leaves, that will be three.

It will now be interesting to see the class of player Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and the Board recruit this summer, because the standards are now far higher than they were a short 12 months ago.

That can only be good, and Alan Pardew – to his immense credit – has brought Newcastle further then we even thought  possible this season.

But we can always improve and maybe next season,  Newcastle can have a good cup run in one of the two local cups – and maybe even win one of them?

Or even win the Europa League – that would be something.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1


  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    @ indian

    I play for Tudhoe CC

    used to play for etherley CC, thats where Dhawan was.

    I am a bowler who considers himself an allrounder…..although the stats dont back be up haha

  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Rich Toon fan,

    are Tudhoe & etherly both in durham area

  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeh….north east of England

    Have you been looking up my cricket haha

  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    No I assumed, i used to follow county cricket alot when i was younger (only 28 now) Yorkshire was the county i supported.

    First ever county match i watched was Warwickshire and leicsteshire, 4 wickets in the first over

  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Not a bad start to watching it then…pretty entertaining.

    where do you play?

  • Gylfi As Charged

    May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    *Lights candle and begins to play the sax*

  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    i dont play professionally,

  • JDdubai

    May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Thought we werent quite at it yesterday, needed to be at our best to beat the soon to be champions and think they played better on the day. Thought we could have been in their face a bit more, maybe the Chelsea game had some impact physically.

    Anyway lets beat Everton and see what the gods have in store for us, if we finish 5th then im supporting chelsea in the champions league to knock Harry into the Europa too!

  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I just mean what club side you play for?

  • Beattie25

    May 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Has anybody been on this blog?

  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty..

    May 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I just hope this season isn’t a one off and that we can build on this over the coming seasons. Santon has looked really good this season, really exciting player. Also hope Ferguson, Vuckic and Abeid can have more of a look in next season. Was on Twitter before and Loverman retweeted this….Vincent Kompany?@VincentKompany
    Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are cormfortabely amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James without bruises. #Fact
    Expand Reply
    It’s nice to receive praise from the big teams. Maybe Cattermole should take note on how to be a better captain instead of scratching cars.

  • Toon-Barmy

    May 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve been trying to figure out how much our current team is actually worth, compared to the likes of Man City, Chelsea etc, this is what i’ve come up with:

    Krul – £177,000 (Compensation)
    Elliot – £300,000
    Harper – Nominal fee

    Simpson – £750,000
    R. Taylor – Unknown (P/E with N’Zogbia)
    Santon – £5,300,000
    Ferguson – Academy graduate
    S. Taylor – Academy graduate
    Coloccini – £10,300,000
    Williamson – £1,000,000 (tbc)
    Perch – £1,000,000
    Tavernier – Academy graduate

    Obertan – £3,250,000 (Some reports claim the fee was £2,000,000)
    Ben Arfa – £5,500,000
    Cabaye – £4,300,000
    Tiote – £3,500,000
    Jonas – £7,000,000 (tbc)
    Marveaux – Free transfer
    Guthrie – £2,500,000
    Gosling – Free transfer
    Vuckic – £400,000 (tbc)
    Abeid – Free transfer
    Sam. Ameobi – Academy graduate

    Ba – Free transfer
    Cisse – £8,000,000
    Sho. Ameobi – Academy graduate
    Best – £2,000,000 (tbc)
    Lovenkrands – Free transfer

    My maths isn’t great but I make that £55,277,000.
    That’s just over £5m more than Chelsea paid for 1 player (Fernando Torres). Its also around the same amount that Liverpool paid for just two players (Carroll & Henderson), it just shows how well we’ve done in the transfer market in recent years.

    ** Not included in the list are:
    Xisco – £5,700,000
    Smith – £6,000,000
    Ranger – Free transfer
    Forster – Academy graduate
    Kadar – tbc

  • Dojo Shaolin

    May 10, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Thanks You Alan! Thank You NUFC!


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