Ever since Newcastle were eliminated from the Europa League, Alan Pardew has taken some of the training at St. James’ Park, so the players can get used to the pitch – and it’s something he was not able to do when we were playing on Thursdays in the Europa League.
John Carver and Bobby Robson
Successfully navigated two games a week
It simply is not possible when you play two games a week, and the Newcastle manager was also unable to train with his players, as much as he wanted to this season.
But this is what the top teams do every season, so when we get into Europe the next time, hopefully we will have learned from this season’s experience, because surely the aim is for Newcastle to be in the top six and in Europe every single season.
Alan Pardew was asked why he trained the players on our home pitch:
“It’s about getting comfortable with the stadium. When you’ve had a shock like the Sunderland game then it’s important.” “I would have used the stadium a lot more if it wasn’t for the Europa League.”
Pardew has bemoaned that fact that he was not able to work with his players as much as he wanted to when we played in the Europa League, but he’s been able to do that over the last two weeks, so we are expecting a good performance against Liverpool tomorrow.
After all, playing two games a week was something Bobby Robson, and John Carver as his assistant, were able to do when we played in Europe, and he still maintained Newcastle as a top four side, when we played in the Champions League.
Bobby used to challenge the players to win the league game after a European game, and more often than not – the lads did just that.
So if Alan Pardew is to take Newcastle forward and back into Europe, and back to being a top side again, it’s something he will need to get used to and not use as an excuse in the future.
Note – many thanks to those who filled out that questionnaire earlier in the week – this is the response I got from Bernic Gebhardt this morning – who is organizing the research on Premier League clubs at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in collaboration with Penn State in the US:.
Thanks a lot for your response. Newcastle fans are really energized, we have nearly 250 questionnaires filled out by Newcastle fans 😀
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