Alan Pardew is keen to keep his players concentrating on how they can get 3 points at Everton on Sunday – and that will not be easy – getting the 3 points that is.
Alan Pardew – after game on Sunday afternoon
But 3 points could mean that Newcastle get into a top four place by Sunday night, depending on how Tottenham fare at home to Fulham and how Arsenal do at West Brom, in what will be Roy Hodgson’s last game in charge, before he takes over the England manager position.
The likelihood at the moment is Newcastle will finish in 5th place, although Chelsea can still catch us if they get 4 points out of their last two games.
Their make-up game is at Liverpool tonight, and a Liverpool win tonight – for a change – will guarantee Newcastle at least 5th place in the league, seven places better than last season.
Alan will not review anything about this season, until after Sunday, and he had this to say to the local press today:
““We’ll review the season when it’s over and it isn’t over yet.” “But of course I’m proud of them. “It has been a significant season for us.” “We’ve had players who have earned new Premier League reputations.”
“Next year they will have to prove it wasn’t a one-year wonder.” “But I don’t think I’m going to have a problem with that.” “I know they are good players.” “It will be my job to make sure we are as motivated as we are.”
“But I’m very, very happy with my players.” “They have done everything they can.” “We just have to win and do everything we can to get it.”
Newcastle will begin their transfer business next week, and the first thing is to decide who they don’t want of the current squad.
And it seems almost certain that fringe players Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Fraser Forster, Tamas Kadar, Xisco, Leon Best and Nile ranger will all be leaving the club in the summer.
And there are still question marks over Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson, but we hope both will sign new deals and stay on Tyneside, and they may not be starters next season, but we also need a strong squad.
The clear-out will then open it up for up to five top players to come into the club, and we can also expect some top youngsters, at least five, to be drafted in for the Development squad.
But Newcastle will try to get some of the bigger wage earners off their books first – Smith is on £60K/week and Xisco is on £50K/week – so there will be some room to bring top players in over the summer months.
Sounds good – in fact it sounds great to us.