Last month was one of the best months in the transfer market tor Newcastle since Mike Ashley bought the club almost six years, ago, and bringing in five top French players to the club plus Kevin 17 year-old Mbabu, all for around £18M was excellent business, and even more difficult to do – since it was in January when most clubs do not want to sell their players – especially their best ones.
Alan Pardew - has a very tough season
But it seems that Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias and the Newcastle Board took the responsibility (the blame if you like) for not giving Alan Pardew a strong enough squad at the beginning of the season, and our injuries this season have been simply terrible, and we’ve been without some of our best players for months.
The January incursion of new players plus players like Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor returning from long term injuries has made the Newcastle squad look strong, and two wins in a row is exactly what we needed.
But Alan Pardew still thinks Newcastle will strengthen further in the summer, as he had this to say yesterday:
“It’s rare in football to have the position that I have had, and even with the results I had, the message from upstairs was that I was going to be retained as manager, which was a good feeling for me – perhaps not so much for our fans at times.”
“I hope to repay that in the longer term because obviously I was aware of the problems and I am aware of the problems we still have. “It’s been a difficult season for us. For myself it’s been a question of making sure we’re consistent in our message, being honest with our fans – and we have been.”
“We’ve not been good enough and we’ve been saying that. And now we think we have got a team that’s good enough and we have to back it up with results. So far, we’ve got two great results and we have to build on that.” “We also need to strengthen the underbelly of this football club and we need to do that this summer probably.”
‘If we can do that we’re going to be well set for next year because we’ve got some very good players on our books now.”
If a Newcastle manager of old lost 10 games of 13 games in the league - there would not be much hope, and he wouldn’t be the Newcastle manager now, but Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias stuck with Pardew – and he’s still the manager today, after being odds-n to be sacked after the 2-1 defeat at home to Reading.
Newcastle have won their last two games, but we need to keep our winning streak going, and the next test is at White Hart Lane tomorrow – and another win is what we need.
Howay The Lads!!
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