We know that a few fan groups at the moment are not happy with owner Mike Ashley, and one of the things that is brought up is that Mike Ashley is prioritizing the Premier League and only the Premier League, and he is not interested in winning the domestic Cups.
Mike Ashley – prioritizing Premier League only
And while that’s true, it’s Alan Pardew who chooses the teams, and especially this season when we will have a lot fewer games to play than last season, he should be able to field some strong sides in the Cup competitions..
We think he will field strong sides especially in the Capital One Cup, in an effort to have a good run, and maybe even get to Wembley – and who knows – even qualify for Europe.
While speaking on Goals on Sunday this morning, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said that it was up to him which teams he plays in the Cups, although its true the Premier League is the priority at the club, and maybe that’s because there is £60M to £100M to be made by PL clubs every season.
This is what Alan said:
“All Premier League managers are under real pressure from their board, from their owners, to get a strong Premier League finish because the finance and prestige for Premier League teams is such that that is the priority.”
“So forget about everything else, that is the priority for the owners.” “But for managers, of course, it isn’t. Our ambition is to win trophies, so every competition we enter we try and win.”
“When we were in the Europa League put some really strong teams, we got to the quarter-final and it was touch and go against Benfica, who nearly won it. We prioritized that.”
“When it came round to the domestic cups we had awful teams to put out. As manager, I have to admit that. It wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.” “It wasn’t that I didn’t have the players in the background, they weren’t fit. We had a really bad run.”
“This year, we want to win a cup, we want to win a trophy. Imagine Newcastle winning a trophy, no one would love that more than myself and for the fans. Our fans have been starved since 1968.” (note it as 1969 Alan)
“If we can reach the heights that we’ve done this year in certain games and certain periods in games, there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy.
“We’ve got the resources this year to have a go in the cups. We’ve got a really good first XI and the XI underneath it is not far away, and that bodes well when you have to put those guys in to keep the team at the same level.
“So I feel a little bit more confident this year, certainly than I did last year, and we’re not far away, in my opinion, from the team that finished fifth in terms of quality.”
It’s true that the official party line is that Newcastle will not prioritize the domestic Cups – but if Alan Pardew does that with his team selection – there’s nothing to stop us doing well in those competitions this season.
And it seems that’s just exactly what Alan Pardew wants to do.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org