It seems that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is trying to lower the expectations for next season.
Alan Pardew - we cannot finish 5th next season
Alan has given an interview with the London Evening Standard last night, where he says straight out that it will be impossible to finish 5th in the Premier League next season.
The Europa League doesn’t get Newcastle much more money into the coffers, and we’ve been surprised at how little teams make in the Europa League, as compared to the Champions League, where it is often £30M or more.
In the Europa League if you win the whole thing, you probably make around £5M, so there’s a huge difference, and it even seems the difference in compensation between the two European competitions will grow in the coming years.
This is some of what Alan had to say to the Standard:
“I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season.” “If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible.
“I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.”
“This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe.”
“I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games.”
It will be interesting to see what the official target for next season is, since it was to finish in the top half of the league this season, and we did that.
We would hope it would be to finish in the top six, even though we have the Europa League games, and that’s one reason Newcastle will need a bigger (and better) squad for next season.
It seems that Alan is trying to cover his bases for next season, but we’ll have a good idea of how we can do when September rolls around, and we’ll see who we’ve brought in, and who we have lost in the summer transfer window.
We are still confident about next season, and it’s even understandable that Alan Pardew wants to lower the expectations, since last season was so unbelievably good, in almost all respects.
What do you think about this?