Alan Pardew’s job this season will be a lot tougher than it was last season, now that Newcastle have qualified for Europe for the first time in six seasons, but the Newcastle manager says this is not the biggest challenge of his management career.
Alan Pardew – had tougher challenges than currently at Newcastle
This is what Alan said today when asked if the situation at Newcastle was the toughest challenge of his career:
“No, trust me. When you sell a Premier League squad and go into the Championship and don’t pull any players in, that’s tough.” “Nothing that I had at Charlton would match that, I don’t think. It was very difficult.”
“Minus 10 points at Southampton with no team – no, I have been in much bigger problems than this.” “This is a luxury in some respects, and I am enjoying it.” “Maybe next week the fans will realise we haven’t done badly to keep all our top players here.”
“We have had to fend off a few and we have done that, and we are well-set for the season.” “Another year of experience, of course, should make us better this year – should.”
Newcastle did very well to keep all their top players at the club over the summer transfer window, but it seems that most fans expected more top players to be brought in.
It looks like three in four Newcastle fans are not satisfied with the transfer window that has just completed, but it’s also interesting that 46% think the Newcastle squad is improved from last year at this time, compared with 42% who do not.
Of course Newcastle brought in Papiss Cisse in January, and he’s already become a huge player for Newcastle, and we lost Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best and Fraser Forster during the summer, but brought in Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good and Vurnon Anita.
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