Top Ten And No Relegation Is The Goal – It’s Not Good Enough

Alan Pardew has given a long interview to Sports Direct News, in which he goes into what Newcastle’s priorities are for next season – and in a nutshell they are to stay in the top half of the Premier League and avoid relegation – that’s basically what the Newcastle manager said.

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Alan Pardew – top ten finish

Of course after last season was met with such high expectations by Newcastle fans, after we had finished 5th in the league for the first time since 2004, Pardew will be trying to keep expectation down – way down.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sports Direct news:

“I think realistically we should look to finish in the top ten and hopefully get ourselves in a position where we can attack higher than that”
“When it gets to February we’ll have a clearer indication of where we’re going to be.”

“We’ve not got the pressure of the Europa League this season so you would expect us to have a high finish in the league because we have a good team and a lot of good players.”

“The bottom line for any Premier League club other than the top six is survival. You need to stay in the Premier League to make sure you secure the funding that pays for the squad and all the staff we carry.”

“This club got relegated three years ago and was in a bit of a mess but it was Mike’s bravery that got them back into the top division, yet there was a huge financial cost. We can’t afford to do that, so the first priority is staying in this league – make no mistake about it.”

“Sometimes there is a knock-on effect and you get good quality in a certain place – it might be Germany, but for us it’s France and there has been this knock-on effect.” “When French players do well here, other French players then assume it will be an easier course for them to come in to the Premier League.”

“Agents think ‘that club takes French players there’. So we get more information. That’s how it has grown over the last three years.” “We’ve got more information, we’ve got all our fabric probably as good as any French club, and it’s very rare to get in a position like that.”

“Plus we have the power of the Premier League in finances so we can get good deals there.”

Newcastle were relegated in 2009, which is four years ago, and it was a terrible time for Newcastle, to be sure.

And we are still waiting to hear if Newcastle can be successful in bringing in our top two targets now for the summer, two French strikers Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis.

But there has been little new news on the transfers today.

If we can get those two top striker in, it will mean seven Frenchmen have been brought in this year, of which five are French Internationals.

We should have a very good squad, and we should be able to do a lot better than just the top 10 next season.

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28 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Aug 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr Alan Pardew

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #2

    So nothing to do with CH or the players in us getting promoted it was the brave knight Mike Ashley who plunged us further into debt with his bold campaign.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Is that blue steel Alan?

  • Heslop Toon

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s people saying we are too good for top only finishing in the top ten that lead to us being called delusional fans by the footballing world.
    This doesn’t mean that I don’t think we should aim for Europe, I’m just saying we shouldn’t expect it.

  • Zero

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #5

    How is top ten and security from relegation not good enough? Seriously i think after last seasons performance eigth would be acceptable, if they all work together and are on top form we could be looking higher.

  • alext109

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley’s bravery??

    We got promoted by the hardwork that Hughton put in to keep a decent enough squad together and sort the mess out and the senior players such as Nolan, Barton, Butt, Smith and Harper who kept the players morale up and instill a belief that had been destroyed by us getting relegated.

    Grow a backbone will you Pardew!

  • paul24

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #7

    The squad we have got into the europa league, we should be looking to strengthen that squad and do it again. It just proves that Ashley is happy as long as we stay in the Premier League so he can continue to suck the life out of this once proud club. When will people wake up and see him for what he is and say enough is enough.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #8

    i think thats spot on tbh with the team we have and the fact other teams have done better in the window 10th-6th is realistically where we should be !

    add a few wingers another keeper and a cb then top 6

  • Heslop Toon

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #9

    *top ten*

  • davis_toons

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Palace are thought to be leading the chase for Ibrahim after seeing a move for Newcastle’s Dan Gosling fall through.

  • Uncertain Toon

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Typical Pardew Patter, I feel myself switching off when reading his pish before i become underwhelmed by it!


    Who is the Russian Billionaire mentioned in a previous article? Does he really support the toon? Someone needs to get over there and have a word mate!

  • croftus5678

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #12

    newcastle given the go ahead in persuit of tom ince 🙂

    bloody hope so ^^

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #13

    To be fair, after last season he cant exactly come out and say we will aiming for Europe. He will be, but is going to have to wait and see how things pan out.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #14

    If we get gomis and remy, we will have a stronger side than the one that finished fifth.
    Surely AP has a massive focus on a cup, I’m sure he won’t want 2 say it, but how else will he win his support back from fans and the board. By delivering what many couldn’t do here in over half a century. A trophy.
    If swansea and wigan can win one last year, surely we can also. We got 2 europa league quarters with a struggling side.
    And I see us finishing 6th to 8th

  • davis_toons

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Some old…2nd half of this season. The clock will start ticking. I don’t have really too much patient to see some REAL improvement on our play.

    I really don’t want to see out players chasing after the ball like some call it, headless chicken.

    We can play long ball direct or whatever you call them, but with much purpose and most importantly win games.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #16

    @ luke

    Its a new look called clueless manager 🙂 . He is making excuses before games now FFS.

    I think he should go into politics. He says a lot but tries to cover his a*se . Shows he has no confidence in his ability.

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Thought Ince didn’t want to leave the northwest? That makes Everton favourites then.

  • PMartel

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #18
  • beddersmag

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #19

    I must be reading a different article to some of you as i dont see anything contentious in this quote. Top ten the target, survival the minimum, push on if we can. Am i missing something obvious here? This is where we are surely?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #20

    He says top 6 and then the next sentance says avoid relegation. What are the players supposed to make of that ? .

  • Belfast

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #21

    No Alan it was Chris Hughton who got us back up not your mate Mike.

    Infact your mate Mike was trying to flog the club at the time. But lets just forget about the great job Hughton done, and forget about the way he was treated for doing that great job. Lets just give all the credit to Mike. Thanks mike for being such a great owner.

  • nufcalex

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #22

    a top 10 finish after last season would do me just fine, as long as we have no embarrassing defeats too Sunderland, I think the French lads will know the importance of that fixture more so this time around!

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Target for the forthcoming season? ‘Avoid relegation’ said Jack Charlton a couple of weeks after his close-season appointment as Newcastle manager. He got some stick and resigned before the season.

    Target for the forthcoming season? ‘Top ten and avoid relegation’ said Alan Pardew.

    It’s incredible just how much we’ve progressed since Jackie Charlton!

  • headtheball

    Aug 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Ashleys theory of Relativity
    If you spend relatively little on new players you have a relatively good chance of staying in the Premier league, but with Captain Pugwash at the helm and Joke as Dof ( Decrepid Old Fart) in charge of the deckchairs, a Titanic scenario is a distinct possibility. I find it painful having to listen to the turgid ramblings of Pugwash. Why can’t he INSPIRE the fans?

  • evildick

    Aug 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree with Pards on this. We’re not close to top 6.

    It’s depressing but he can’t come out and say we’re going to challenge for champions league can he?

    Top 10 and a cup run is the best we can hope for, until someone rich buys us!

  • toonluvva

    Aug 4, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #26

    ” Top ten and avoiding relegation” Remember this is coming from someone who is probably already preparing a constructive dismissal case against Ashley for when the pressure starts to bite.

    I’m sorry to say that from my perspective Pardew will only spout the media line from SportsDirect so that he can build his case.

    In reality though it is a very honest assessment of our prospects under Ashley.

    Top 10, but no higher as that will mean attracting ambitious players at a high cost and larger wages than Ashley will pay.

    Avoiding relegation of course as that would mean losing all that FREE advertising for SportsDirect which we all know is all that he is interested in.

    We will remain a club like the 3 bears porridge, only in this case not too high and not too low, just middling along earning SportsDirect massive amounts of TV revenues for promoting their wares.

    There is no danger of an effective manager replacing Pardew as they will only want more from the club than Ashley is prepared to invest. But it’ll not be JoKe either as a return to the championship is not what is in the best interests of SportsDirect.

    There are plenty of mediocre managers out there who can ensure mid-table finishes and perhaps a decent run in one of the domestic cups, not the final though we might win, to keep the fans sweet. You never know, Pardew might just keep his job if he delivers a mid-table finish this season.

    If you set the bar low with us you’ll never be disappointed!

  • Premiership Manager

    Aug 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Pardew has stated:

    “The bottom line for any Premier League club other than the top six is survival. ”

    He is 100% correct and this is the reality of the premier league. There are no longer any banker games where teams are assured of 3 points. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the statement and some people have blown it up out of all proportion.

    Ashley’s PR, managerial skills and common sense are lacking however the business model for the club is sound but worryingly the club infrastructure has been built on eggshells and is ready to collapse thanks to the introduction of JFK who will undermine the good work done to date.

    Last year was a sharp learning curve and a shock for many however the club can build on that.

    One thing about Pardew is he is honest and he is professional. He may be slightly lacking in the tactical department however he is a damn sight better than JFK and that is what the Pardew knockers will get if he goes and that is somewhere we don’t want to go as JFK will alienate the squad and get us relegated so be careful what you wish for.

    We have a good squad and I believe we will get Remy on loan and one more forward/creative midfielder.

    All this talk of Gomis/Remy + possibly another is bollox. The last thing Pardew will want is to unsettle Cisse, Gofran, HBA and Campbell by bringing in too many forwards.

    Goufran and Marvaux will be big players for us this season and Remy will make a huge difference.

    With Gomis I would pull the plug, it isn’t worth the hassle and I’m not convinced that he is good enough. A sensible bid for Victor Moses would see a young creative player with lots of potential who can play anywhere along the front line.

    We need to buy the right players for the right reasons and bring in one or two of the youth players to help their development. I wouldn’t have sent Fergusson on loan and I would keep hold of Campbell. It will be a make or break season for Sammy and Vucik and those are the two I would loan out.

    Oh well the season will be here before we know it and no doubt that we’ll be linked with every man and his dog until the window closes.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew’s ideal finish would be one position below the Europa qualification. He can’t cope with that.
    He is the only person in Newcastle who shies away from success.


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