Two years ago at this time we had already signed Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, and this summer’s transfer window has been the slowest since we started this blog over six years ago.
Alan Pardew – pressure on Alan Pardew next season
Probably the reason for no transfers yet is that Mike Ashley was going to appoint a Director of Football, and nothing would happen until Joe Kinnear was in the job, which even seems reasonable.
Joe has now met with both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr,. and we’ll soon know what type of signings we will try to make this summer.
We sat “try” because in the last two transfer windows, we’ve failed to get our top striker target through the door.
Last summer it was Luuk de Jong, and in January it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who we were supposed to bid twice for, but each bid was turned down by St. Etienne.
And the failure to replace the departed Demba Ba in January cost us dearly in the second half of the season, as we found it very difficult to score goals and all the pressure was on Papiss Cisse.
So with Coloccini giving us the good news that he’s staying at the club, the number one requirement is to get at least one top goalscorer through the door, and preferably two, especially if Shola Ameobi leaves the club.
That’s why we think say £5M and decent wages for the experienced Darren Bent would be good business for Newcastle, if we can get Aubameyang through the door, which will be difficult.
So getting strikers in is one thing Newcastle have to do before September rolls around.
But than Alan Pardew and the coaches – and our players too – have to buckle down and fight like hell in the league and the cups this coming season, so we can get some dignity back, after the complete embarrassment of being almost relegated last season.
There’s no doubt Alan is on trial in the early part of the season, and while we expect nothing in our first game at Manchester City – the next four games are all very winnable, and we could get off to a decent start in the league.
Here are the first five league fixtures:
August Sat 17 15:00 A Manchester City Sat 24 15:00 H West Ham Sat 31 15:00 H Fulham September Sat 14 15:00 A Aston Villa Sat 21 15:00 H Hull City
It’s really important that we get off to a good start next season, and we tend to agree with Alan Shearer when he says that Alan Pardew has not become a bad manager in just one year – after he had taken Newcastle to 5th top in his first fill season at Newcastle, and the first time we have been in the top five since Bobby Robson had us there in 2004.
And Alan and the coaches have to improve on our set-plays which were nothing more than a laughing stock last season – so there’s enormous room for improvement.
Maybe I’m one of the few, but I still think with no European games this season, we can do very well in the Premier League and be back where we belong – say in the top eight next May – that would be a decent season.
And we must play out best teams in both cups this year – and if Wigan and Birmingham can with the cups when they are relegated – surely we should be able to win one something and not be relegated.
But we need to think like a small club and play our best team in the cups and not a second eleven – our second eleven is just not good enough, as we’ve amply proved over these last two seasons.
So a decent league position and going all out in the local cups is what’s needed next season. – hey we may even win something – now there’s a thought.
And if we do somehow manage to qualify for Europe again, we had better make sure we have a big enough squad, because that’s one of the reasons we were simply decimated last term.
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