Newcastle were the surprise package of the Premier League last season, so that’s not going to be the case in the season that gets underway today, but we still hope that Newcastle can pick up from where they off in May, and that Newcastle have another outstanding season. That’s what we are hoping for.
Alan Pardew – starts his second full season at Newcastle today
Alan Pardew has given an interview in the Newcastle Journal today, the first day of the new Premier League season, and he admits there are great expectations on his side now.
This is what Alan said today:
“It is quite right that the expectations have changed.” “There is extra expectation on us, extra pressure on us and we’ve got to deal with that. If you’re a big club you have to deal with that all the time. You can’t afford to lose at Man United, it’s a crisis, and that’s how we’ve got to treat it here.”
“I don’t really like to make too many rash decisions at the start of the season, I never really have. I think it’s very important to get ten league games under your belt and then you have a rough idea about the feeling at the football club.”
“Then, I think I will have a little bit more of an idea. But, as I sit here today, we have Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor back in the group, which I didn’t have in the second half of last season and also four new signings.” “So we look a little more stronger and hopefully we will prove that.”
Alan Pardew has to navigate Newcastle through five very tough games in the first 15 days of the season, starting this afternoon against a good looking Tottenham Hotspur side under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Newcastle will probably play a second eleven on Thursday night in Athens against Atromitos, in the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, and we hope they will be good enough to at least get a draw in that game, and we think they will be.
And then the first team play Chelsea less than 48 hours later next Saturday.
Alan will leave most of his top players behind in mid-week, so they don’t have to travel to Greece, and that will ensure they are ready to go at Stamford Bridge, in what will be another huge test of this Newcastle side.
We are looking forward to every minute of it. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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