Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today, and Alan is saying we would have been much stronger but for the Europa League last season – but I thought our aim is to be in Europe every season?
Alan Pardew - it was the Europa’s League’s fault
This is what Alan said today in the local press:
“We need to strengthen. Even with our best team out I think we would have finished below Liverpool.” “And we want to threaten them – so we need to improve.”
“It is a difficult league. We could have finished in the top 11.” “If you’d have said that at the start of the season, and getting to the last eight of the Europa League, you’d have said it was OK.”
“It is just the way we got there was unsavoury, and some of the performances.” “I genuinely think that without the Europa League our performances will be a lot stronger.”
But we didn’t finish in the top 11 – we finished 16th – so that’s why we didn’t do OK last season, in fact we did terrible in the Premier League.
It’s also a rather strange circular argument to say we’ll be better in the league next year, because we will not be in Europe.
If we want to become a top club we have to be in Europe every season, just like the top clubs in England are, and we have to be able to negotiate two games a week.
The problem with the Europa League is that it’s draining with so many games, and there’s very little money in it – it’s the Champions League where the big bucks and the glory lies.
But to say we didn’t do well last season, because we did so well the season before and qualified for Europe – which is really what’s being said in a roundabout way - is a little disingenuous.
We need to think a lot bigger, and fix the problems today about what went so terribly wrong in the Premier League last season.
The meeting today in Newcastle with Mike Ashley will cover all the points about what went wrong, and then an action plan needs to come out about what Newcastle are going to do about it – including who are transfer targets will be this summer – so we can improve the squad.
What do you think?
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