After this season, whatever position we finally end up in the league table this afternoon, Newcastle fans will want to see the club build a bigger and better squad in the summer for next season.
Alan Pardew - pointing the way forward at Newcastle
Yes, Newcastle have come on a ton this season, but we are where we are now, and it’s much higher up in the league table than anybody expected to be.
But that’s also the bench-mark now, and we assume Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board after the season finally ends, will review everything, and then decide on who leaves and who stays at Newcastle, and which players will be coming in to improve the squad.
It seems like Alan hasn’t thought too much about that yet, as he had this to say today in The Sunday Sun:
“That is a challenge, but it’s not something I have thought of yet. We still have one game to go. I haven’t reviewed the season yet, but I accept that (fans expectations) is going to happen.
“Even if we don’t finish third, I think it would be my greatest achievement. In the season at West Ham when we finished seventh and got to the FA Cup final was pretty special, but this tops that.
“And I don’t think our real fans think that fifth would be a disappointment. They genuinely know that it’s a massive bonus if we can get to the Champions League.
“To finish above Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, all of these teams, and Sunderland who spent a lot of money in the summer, this is a fantastic achievement for the club.
“Can we step up? I won’t know if we can step up. All I want is to compete in this group. The European campaign is going to lean on us heavily next season, no matter what tournament we end up in.”
5th place is hardly a disappointment, because it gets us back into the Europa League, which we were last in a long six years ago, during the 2006-2007 season under Glenn Roeder.
But the goal has to be Champions League for the future, and of course that seems to get harder and harder every season.
Nobody expected Newcastle to get back into European competition last August, but now we are there, we have to take it the next step and consolidate and build in the summer.
Newcastle will be under pressure to improve the squad again this summer, but what’s different?