Alan Pardew has insisted he is not taking it lightly, that Newcastle are still in the midst of a relegation battle, and we are hardly safe yet.
Alan Pardew – not taking anything for granted
We have to hope Aston Villa lose at Old Trafford on Monday, where the Red Devils with a win, can now win their 13th Premier League title (unlucky for some) and 20th English League title in total.
We also have to hope that Wigan don’t go on a winning run in their final games of the season, like they did last season, because we could really be in trouble.
But at some point we need to help ourselves and we can do that by winning at least a couple of games in our last four games of the season.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say in the Guardian today:
“I’m not being confident, and I’m certainly not being arrogant about it,” “We’ve still got work to do, we’ve still got tough games to come. That’s why the point today was so important.”
“They’re gold dust at this time of year, especially when you’re away from home.” “I don’t really want to think about what it would take to put relegation fears to bed. You’re talking to a former West Ham manager who inherited a team that went down with 42 points in 2003.”
“You must never take your eye off that. You’ve got to keep pushing. So not even a win against Liverpool would make us safe. “This was our 50th game, which goes a little bit unnoticed – 50 professional games, and all the travelling involved as well, that’s tough,” s
“The Europa League is a competition that, I think, clubs will look at us at the impact that it can have, not only because of the extra games but also the injuries that we’ve had on the back of that.”
“It would be naive to argue that our league position would not be greater than it is without the competition.”
Alan probably meant to say he is not being over-confident about the relegation threat.
Glenn Roeder was manager of West Ham when they were relegated with 42 points in 2003, but Glenn suffered a brain tumor before the end of the season, which required a five hour operation, and Trevor Brooking took over as the interim manager, but couldn’t save the Hammers.
And then Glenn was fired after he recovered from the brain tumor, and then turned up as the Youth Academy Manager at Newcastle in the summer of 2005, and became the Newcastle manager within the year.
To get to 42 points this season, Newcastle need 5 points form their last four game against Liverpool (h), West Ham (a), QPR (a) and Arsenal (h).
We can do it.
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