Alan Pardew has told everybody who will listen to him, that the Premier League is Newcastle’s number one target in the coming season, and that comes ahead of the FA Cup, the League Cup, now called the Capital One Cup, and the Europa League.
Alan Pardew – tough challenge for manager this season
It’s going to be a lot more difficult this season for manager Pardew, because Newcastle have qualified for the Europa League and Alan will need to use his squad wisely, and utilize as much as the squad as possible throughout the season.
And Alan will get a good try at that in the first 15 days of the season, when we have to navigate through three tough league games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Aston Villa, and two qualifying games against Greek Super League side Atromitos, in order to qualify for the group stages of that competition.
This is how Alan talked about the upcoming season this morning in the local Newcastle press:
“It is going to very much be about how we progress in the Europa League – we still have to qualify, so we’ll get through those two games and then we’ll have to look at the matches and how we are going to schedule them.”
“Without a doubt, I can tell you now that the Premier League is going to come first for sure, and we want to try to push from where we were last year, push those Champions League teams.”
“We were the closest to them and we are going to try to narrow that gap if we can.”
We can all take a checkpoint on 3rd September during the International break, after we have navigated those five tough games of the season, and we would hope and expect that we have managed to qualify for the Europa League group stages, and then we’ll see how many league points we have accumulated from the first three games of the season.
Alan Alan has said this on the web-site today – he cannot wait to get going:
“We’ve got a fantastic first week with Spurs, then the Europa League against Atromitos and then Chelsea.” “It is a fabulous week for us to look forward to and we are in good shape.”
“The league just keeps growing, and the Barclays Premier League is without doubt the most competitive league in the world and, I think, the best entertainment.”
“We can only do our bit here to make sure we bring a brand of football that is exciting and that our public will love.”
Last season we had taken 7 points from the two home games against Arsenal (0-0) and Fulham (2-1), and the game at Sunderland (1-0 with that stunning Ryan Taylor winning goal) , and we did well in those first three league games.
Of course we didn’t have the two European games last season to contend with, but we did have the League Cup game at Scunthorpe, which we just managed to win 2-1 after extra time, with that stunning Sammy Ameobi goal.
It will be harder this season – but that comes with a thing called success. 😀
And who knows, if we can get close to those top four clubs in the coming season, we may even be able to sneak into 4th place, which we almost did last season, and then we’ll be in the qualifying round of the Champions League next year at this time.
That sounds good – very good.
And one thing we should get to know shortly is what is the official target of Newcastle this season, last season it was to finish in the top ten in the league – and we managed that rather easily.
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