Alan Pardew has done a lot of talking since Sunday, and that’s due to the relief that Newcastle are now in the Premier League next season, when the new TV deal means a lot more money for Premier League clubs.
Alan Pardew - must fix what’s wrong with the squad
As an example of what that means, the bottom side in the league next year (that’s not Newcastle) will get as much as Manchester City got last year when they won the Premier League for the first time – that will help to put it in perspective.
There should be a good debate between Ashley, LLambias and Pardew after Sunday’s final game, as to what needs to be done this summer in the transfer market – who should leave, and who should come in – and hopefully our squad will be a lot stronger for next season.
One area the club has to concentrate on is growing and improving players from inside the club, and since we sent a number of lads out on loan in late January and early February, most have done very well playing first team football, and they will be lot better for it.
This is some of what Alan has said since Sunday:
“For us that Europa League is an experience that we’ll be better for. We can take that from this season. It was my first campaign in Europe and I think I made errors – especially at the start, maybe chopping the team too much.”
“We got injuries in that competition and we’ll be better for that if we get in there in a couple of years time.” “The overriding emotion that I have is that we didn’t have enough quality in depth. If I could put my first eleven out every week at this football club I think I’d have a top-eight team,
“If we’re going to say ‘OK, maybe a few of our players can’t play a full season – you can’t put it out every week’ we need more strength-in-depth. That area we’ve worked hard on.”
“In the last six months we’ve loaned out our young players so that they progress a bit quicker.” “We’ve looked to some of our players in terms of giving them extra work to try and improve them and that’s what you can do.”
Keeping all our players we want to keep, and getting in a couple of strikers will mean we’ll have good strength in depth for next season.
And Wigan were beaten by Arsenal lat night, and they are relegated with Reading and QPR, and they are the first team to win the FA Cup and get relegated – and it all happened in a short four days.
It’s also the second time in three seasons that a cup winning side has been relegated, after Birmingham went down two years ago after winning the League. Cup when Oba Martins scored the winner in added time.
And those teams also get to play in the Europa League – so no wonder England has fallen from being the top league in Europe – that has now been taken over by Spain with Germany close behind the Premier League in third place.
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