Pardew Explains Why Premier League Teams Are Scrambling

It seems that Alan Pardew is ready to go all out and try to do well in the Europa League – now that he has five new players added to the squad last month – and suddenly the Newcastle squad looks the strongest it’s been in a long time.

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Mike Ashley – last thing owner wants is another relegation

Alan will have plenty of decisions to make for his starting eleven tonight against Metalist Kharkiv, since the next game isn’t until next week in the Ukraine – but as usual the Premier League is more important.

And in the next four months we will see a scrambling of the bottom nine or ten clubs as they try to avoid relegation – and we’ve already seen QPR pay out silly money for Samba and Loic Remy – but so far to no avail as they cannot seem to win games.

A new three-year TV deal for the Premier League TV rights starts next season, and the money for that is 70% more than the last three-year deal, so an easy way to think of it – even if it’s not exactly accurate – is that PL teams next season will receive 70% more money than this season.

Alan Pardew tried to explain why staying in the Premier League is so important for Newcastle:

“The Premier League this year is probably more important than any other year. The actual reward for staying in it is the same as Manchester City got for winning the league last year.” “There’s going to be a real race between now and the end of the season to make sure you are a Premier League team at the end of the season because we’ll all be stronger for it.”

“It’s probably the toughest competition other than the Premier League that we are in.” “What it will do is give us great experience. It’s experience we need to build on, because there is no reason if we don’t get into Europe via this competition that we can’t gain European football next year. That is how positive we feel about the group and it is about making sure this end of season is very, very strong for us.”

So while we understand fully why the Premier League games are all important, our squad may be big enough that we can make some progress in Europe this season, and that will help to offset the terrible ten weeks we had from the beginning of November when it seemed like Newcastle went to hell in a hand basket – and some of those games were so difficult to watch.

Let’s hope we can hammer Metalist tonight and have our lads put up a great all out attacking display.

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10 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    We will survive comfortably….no chance of us going down…too many sides worse than us without the amount of game winners we now have.

  • ArtyH

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    4-0 tonight 4 the lads.

  • rainrix

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    So do we get the money at the end of this season or at the end of the next one?

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Let the season start now, I for one am very confident of a good out come, ie progression in the Europa Cup, and I would settle for mid table in Premier. that after the earlier disasters would be good season.
    Mapou will be immense for us tonight, just wait and see

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5


    Not sure how its paid. I know its broken up 50% split evenly between teams, 25% is determined by amount of games on TV and 25% is on league position.

    I read that on prem league site last year.

    So 50% of the money next year will come towards the ends when we know the amount of TV games and final place.

    The first 50% could come up front but not 100% sure.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6


    The good thing with the league is that 2/3 wins will probably put us 10th so leaves 9-10 teams closer to the drop zone that us.

    We should go for europe, sure we could have a good go and not suffer too much in the league at all.

    As for mapou…not sure, he is a good player but not sure how quickly he will settle….I’m sure he will eventually settle but unsure how long it will take him, could be 1 game could be 10. hard to say….he has the right attributes though to be a prem defender.

  • TorqToon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Blew – I agree and disagree with you.

    I’ve watched Yanga play more times than I can remember, and I know how good this lad is. He ha the potential to be one of the worlds best. He will become our starting centre half and it will always be referred to as Yanga + 1 other when our central defence is discussed.

    However he needs to be brought in slowly, the English league is a step up from Ligue 1 – and Taylor knows how the league is played, and in fairness doesn’t deserve to be dropped.

    Next season will be Yanga and Taylor imo with Mirin 3rd in line and covering for Taylor’s injuries!

    Very excited for tonight’s game! HWTL


    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    where’s jail?

  • geordiesteve520

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    I think that Steven Taylor will be our new club captain once Colo leaves – I know he is injured a lot but so was Ledley King. Taylor is a player who leads by example and knows what it means to the fans to represent the club. Yes, I know we have other contenders, rightly so but I think Taylor will pip them.

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    If Torq says he will be ok that is good enough for me, Remember Jonas kicking of the line against Villa, but it ws Mapou who moved with lightening speed to block the next shot from point blank range, he just seemed to come from nowhere. After the second Bale goal we need somebody quick at the back


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