With Newcastle again not spending big money in this summer’s transfer window, it’s going to be extremely important the lads get off to a good start in the Premier League this season.
Alan Pardew - good start is very important for the manager
And that’s what Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been saying in the Telegraph today, as he also talked about the arrival of Joe Kinnear at the club in mid-June as the new Director of Football:
“I was surprised, like everyone, with the way Joe Kinnear’s appointment was announced and the clock is ticking for transfers, as it is for every club.”
“It has actually seemed to settle down at Newcastle, but if they start badly and there haven’t been any more signings, then people will start to ask questions again.”
“Nobody knows what the relationship is like between Kinnear and the manager Alan Pardew, and what players they have tried to sign and not got, but if they are winning games it will all be forgotten. If they make a difficult start, then it could become an issue again.”
“The appointment took everyone by surprise but if Newcastle win some games, everything gets pushed aside and obviously that’s what every supporter hopes will happen.”
It’s a tough first game at Manchester City, but then we have two successive home game against West Ham and Fulham.
The Hammers game will not be an easy one, and they won 2-0 yesterday at home to newly promoted Cardiff City, with former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan scoring again, and Joe Cole is back at the club he made his debut for over 14 years ago at age 17, in January 1999, and Joe scored a good goal yesterday.
West Ham have strengthened their squad this summer, although Andy Carroll is still out injured.
And Fulham have also improved their squad in the summer, and they got off to a good 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
We’d be very pleased if we can get 6 points out of those first three games, and that would be a great start for Newcastle.
Our fourth game od the season is at Aston Villa, and they looked a good side yesterday in beating Arsenal 3-1 on their home turf – the first time Arsenal had lost their first home game od the season since 1995, and the fans did not look happy at the end of the game yesterday
But there’s also no doubt that how we do in the early games of the season is very important for this Newcastle side – it’s absolutely crucial
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