Alan Pardew had talked about at his press conference on Thursday and he has again addressed the Champions League is his program notes for yesterday’s game at home to West Brom, that Newcastle won 2-1, for our fourth win on the trot in the league.
Alan Pardew – it’s ridiculous to speculate
Alan talked about the questions he has been getting recently about the European Champions League, because Newcastle have been doing do well of late in the Premier League, and this is what Alan wrote:
“I’ve been getting questions from the media over recent days asking whether the Champions League is within touching distance for this great club of ours, whether we can break into the top four and get into Europe’s elite competition for next season.”
“My response to that is it is ridiculous to speculate over such lofty targets so early into a season and just a few weeks after the same players were being criticised by the same media for failing to live up to expectations. Perceptions, as ever, change very quickly in this game.”
“Having been in this game for many years now, I appreciate the press have to create stories to sell newspapers from time to time and I don’t have a problem with that, but all of us within the club are keeping our ambitions at realistic levels.”
“If any of you start dreaming about the Champions League, the chances are you will end up feeling deflated and disappointed when the final games of this campaign are played because it is going to be very difficult for us to get into the mix for those positions this season, a long shot in my view.
“What we can do is enjoy a fine, committed, entertaining Newcastle team who are giving us plenty of enjoyment right now and just as it was when we finished fifth a couple of seasons back, let’s keep our feet on the ground, continue what we are doing and see where it takes us.”
Newcastle have a really busy schedule coming up in December, with six league games starting at Swansea on Wednesday night, and followed by a trip to Old Trafford on the following Saturday.
And after those six games we have a trip to West Brom on New Year’s Day.
So after those league games, we’ll have some idea of what to expect from our lads this season, and it will be interesting to see how many points we have after the game at West Brom.
Newcastle currently have 23 points from 13 games with over half of those points coming in the last four games.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle are doing well, but just how well we can do this season is still an unknown.
What do you think?
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