It Will Be Tougher Next Season – But We Hope To Improve

As we reported yesterday Newcastle have a very tough start to the season in August, with 5 games in a short 15 days, before the two week International break comes along, in the first two weeks of September.

Alan Pardew – Premier League will be tougher next season

We agree with Alan when he says the Premier League will only get tougher next season, with teams like Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham and even Sunderland  having managers who will start their first full seasons with their new clubs.

Alan Pardew is benign linked with the Tottenham job, but Alan has no plans at all to leave Newcastle, where he has been hugely successful over the last eighteen months, since taking over from the very popular Chris Hughton, who will be returning to Newcastle on 22nd of  September, with his new club Norwich City.

Alan Pardew has been talking to the local press today on the new Premier League fixtures, which were released yesterday morning:

“We will really have to be at the races from the start – and it’s going to be tough for us.” “But we can only build on what we achieved last season. The Premier League is going to be tougher.”

“There are going to be new managers for two teams near us in Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers and at Spurs.” “One of them finished ahead of us last year and the other just behind us.”

“You have Sunderland, Everton and Aston Villa who will come back stronger again. It makes it tougher.” “We’ll look to improve on previous campaigns. That’s a process every team will go through though including Man City and Man United.”

“We’ve got that Europa League place because we were successful last year. We can’t moan about.” “Instead we look at this as a competition we want to do really well in.”

Newcastle still need to complete their transfer business this summer, but if can get both Mathieu Debuchy and Luuk de Jong to Newcastle and fairly soon, they will be two excellent signings well received by Newcastle fans.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed – tightly crossed.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1



    Totally agree that the Financial Fair Play rules will be as effective as p**sing on a wild fire.

    The image is definitely one big factor as is the fact that the richest clubs will just pay off any debt the day before any deadline passes. The ‘medium-wealth’ clubs (us, Everton, Fulham etc.) may struggle as they have to be self-sufficient because they don’t have unlimited funds.

    (The smaller clubs won’t be hurt because either they won’t be competing in Europe or their expenditure is so small that it won’t matter. )

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s going to be very tough, especially with the increased expectations of the fans, but I can’t remember the last time I felt so confident before a season. Top 6 will be fine with me – it’d be nice to improve on last season but it’s so difficult with the other teams around us. I’d be very happy with top 5, top 4 and I’d be dancing in the street.

    It’s just nice to support a team on the up. We’re going in the right direction for the first time in years!

  • ryan toon

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    guys will we know today if the de jong bid has been accepted?

  • gazza85

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    As far as the De Jong bid is concerned it’s in the hands of FC Twente… just a game of wait and see now.

  • AnthNUFC

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6


  • TorqToon

    Jun 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I suspect we have bid for Luuk but are keeping it as much under wraps as possible. Things happen so much quicker now holland are out of the Euros. As for Debuchy…can say I blame us putting in a £4m (€5m) offer given the fact that he has clearly stated his desire to join the toon, it IS. A risky gamble with other clubs circulating…but I don’t think he would go to PSG and if he WAS to play in England I believe he will only come to us. New bid of £6m (€7m) up front and I think/hope that should do it. If Giroud can agree a deal whilst in European competition, so can debuchy!

  • toonbarmy1984

    Jun 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    @anthNUFC There must have been a bid mate Ssn don’t brag unless there sure well I’ve never known it and I’m really hoping we get both players across the line but again we never normally find out about signings until they are a toon player so fingers crossed

  • Sazzer

    Jun 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully we get De Jong before Tottenham does then again do the know who he is? They could probably have bought Cisse or Jelavic instead they choose Saha.

  • Sazzer

    Jun 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Also without a coach it’s not easy to co mpete for transfers.

  • DraperNUFC10

    Jun 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Add me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95 I’ll follow back 🙂 HWTL

  • sevenho

    Jun 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Not forgetting that we still need another top notch center back…. last season thankful williamson and colocinni stay injuries free…. don’t want another norwich game to happen where we were slaughter by morrison and holt


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