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Alan Pardew – It’s Just Ridiculous

8:03 am, Sunday, December 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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.

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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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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Dec 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Well said Alan.

    It’s often said that a week is a long time in politics but it is nothing compared to a defeat followed by a win for the Fleet Street hacks to contradict themselves within days of each result.

    Praise again must go yet again (and isn’t it nice to say that) to the much maligned and scoffed at Williamson and Shola. Both had outstanding games again. It was also very pleasing to see Goof and Sissoko score. They have made their positions in the team their own through their own hard work and tireless energy.

    It was interesting to hear from the Scouser on Sky about the positions that Goof and Sissoko play in the team even though their positions are left and right wing.

    I was very impressed with Shane Long. He would be a great acquisition for us.

  • 2 bobby mango // Dec 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Those are some choice words by Pardew. Very sensible.

    This one is a fine line between being realistic and unambitious. Reaching the champ league is definitely a step too far though.

    It’s great being up and around that area but I’ll be happy with 8th place.

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // Dec 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Pardew’s right we have to keep our feet on the ground but top 8-6 should surely be our target and champions league is just within our grasp. It is possible but very hard and unlikely this season. Next year we will have a great chance if we manage to keep what we have and more quality depth.

  • 4 chuck // Dec 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    We are doing great he sez !
    But dont have any expectations.
    Why ?
    Cause Ashley has stated he’s not interested in silverware, making dosh, sure.
    But to earn silverware requires spending money, thats really not his thing, survival in the PL is sufficient, thank you.
    In which case, lower any expectations you may have.




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