Alan Pardew went out of his way at his press conference this afternoon, to say that everybody at Newcastle deserves credit for the magnificent season the club are about to complete at Everton on Sunday afternoon – win, lose or draw.
John Carver with Alan Pardew
Alan wasn’t in his usual training kit, but was wearing a dark grey V neck sweater, and he seemed upbeat as usual, and talked about the plan was top 10 this season, and so the club is well ahead of schedule.
Alan said that’s it’s been a far better season than he could ever have imagined last August, and then the boss said we have some very good players, but not a good team – yet.
A top four finish is possible if a little unlikely, but Alan had this to say to the local reporters at Benton today on the great season:
“This is where you want to be, the pinnacle of the game is the Champions League.” “To actually be competing for it is more than we imagined and to have that opportunity is something that doesn’t come along very often, and we want to try to grasp it.”
“It’s been a magnificent achievement by everyone at this football club, and we can’t wait for Sunday to unfold.” “I would be foolish if I sat here and said I thought we were going to finish fifth. The board made a good statement – top 10 – I thought that was fair.”
“We are well ahead of schedule in terms of players getting used to the club, used to the pitch here, which is a difficult place to play, and therefore we have had a far better season than I could have imagined.”
“There is an understanding that there is a budget here and we have to try to excel within the budget, and we have managed to do that,” “We will still probably be on the same agenda next year.”
“We have to be careful that if we lose a player, it’s for a fee that is going to take us forward, and that we replace them with the quality that goes out of the building.” “That’s something that myself, Graham Carr and my scouting team are on hand to do.”
“But for Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias in particular, who run the club, it has been a fantastic season, a season from which maybe fans can understand there is a game-plan here, there is a structure they can be proud of.”
“I think they deserve a lot of credit.”
Newcastle will continue on their tight budget, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle manage to do some very good business in the transfer market this summer.
And the club will also be able to bring in a number of top youngsters for the Development squad, which will be depleted by many of the current youngsters leaving Newcastle in the summer.
A win on Everton will be great, but with 5th place Newcastle will be going straight into the group stages of the Europa League, and will not need play-off games in August, and Alan Pardew said that was his understanding of the situation.
It’s been a truly magnificent season for Newcastle, there’s little doubt about that, and the icing was put on the cake late this afternoon, once the press conference was completed, when Alan Pardew was named Premier League Manager Of The Season.
And Alan Pardew is the first ever Newcastle manager to win the prestigious award – that says it all, really.