Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle have less than half the finances teams like Chelsea and Liverpool have available, and he has again bemoaned the number of injuries to top players Newcastle have had to put up with this season.
Tim Krul – two major injuries this season
Alan Pardew was asked if such a poor season by Newcastle, means that we have taken a big step back.
This is what he had to say:
“To finish above the teams we finished above – Chelsea, Liverpool – you can’t just have a good side.” “The finance we have compared to those two clubs is not even half.” “
“We did a marvelous job last year and people might say we over-achieved, but we had momentum.” “When you have a team that has struggled for momentum all year it’s difficult to reach those levels.”
“Are we as strong as last year? We’re not. But in terms of individuals, we can be, quite quickly.” “If we got a great result on Saturday, I wouldn’t put it past us to win two more games.”
“But if we lose, then we lose that little bit of momentum we gained at West Brom and suddenly you’re fighting again to try to get those three points. It’s a different pressure.”
“I haven’t got to the end of this season yet and you’ve got to get to the end to understand exactly what has gone on.” “When you throw a blanket across the division, there’s not a lot of difference between clubs that have been described as having great seasons and us.”
“It’s very difficult to assess at the moment with all the problems we’ve had. That should be done at the end of the year.” “It really has been one thing after another. For example, to lose Tim Krul for a second time, to another serious injury, sums it up.
“For Ryan Taylor to have another cruciate on top of a cruciate is galling – we keep looking at our players and cursing some of the injuries we’ve had.”
We agree with that last sentence – it’s just such terrible luck for Ryan Taylor to suffer another ACL injury, and we were so looking forward to see him playing in a Newcastle strip again.
But Ryan will now be out almost all of next season.
Newcastle have to build up the team by building up a top scouting team, and we’ve done very well over the last two or three years with Graham Carr in charge.
And it’s not until you get into the top six that the lack of funds Newcastle have starts to have an impact, and it’s hard to go from say 5th place to challenge for the Premier League title. – when you need world-class players to further improve the team.
But we can get to top six well before that becomes a barrier – and that has to be the goal next season.
What do you think?
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