Newcastle were not at their best today, especially in that first half.
Alan Pardew – thumbs up – and that’s very appropriate
But that hasn’t stopped Alan Pardew from talking about what has been a wonderful season for Newcastle United – fantastic and completely unexpected.
It’s always good to go out on a win, but it wasn’t to be this afternoon, but that hardly takes the glitter off what has been a great season for the Magpies.
It’s the best season Newcastle have had for eight years, since the great Bobby Robson had us in 5th place back in 2004 – just before he was fired.
This is what Alan told nufcTV after the game today:
“It has been an unbelievable season.” “What a season we’ve had, the fans were brilliant. It’s just a shame we couldn’t run it a little closer with a win here at Everton.”
“I’m proud to be manager of this football club. It’s a previlege and we’re looking to take that into next year.” “Today was a tough game. “
“We found it difficult but in the second half we gave it a go and it was a shame we couldn’t get a goal at 2-0 because I thought we deserved as goal.”
“At the back we need to strengthem next year, we’ve let in too many goals so that’s something I will ponder over the summer.”
“I think it’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels. That we understand that we’ve taken the club with a huge leap forward, to finish above all those teams, it’s a huge effort. Just looking to improve on that.”
“I’m looking forward to taking our fans somewhere nice and hot, because Newcastle fans are a credit to the country. Never any trouble.”
Good words from Alan, and we think he will be inspired in the summer, and will want to build up the squad to make it bigger and better than this season.
And even if we lose one or two players this summer – who’d we rather keep – we have good youngsters like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic all coming through.
And we should also be bringing in some good players over the summer months – some very good players we hope.
It was a disappointing result today, and a disappointing display especially in the first half.
But it’s been a magnificent season for Newcastle, and long may this new found success continue.