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.
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.
Here’s a poll we have run of where fans think we will finish next season.
What do you think our goals should be for next season?
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