This Is Newcastle – Expectations Are Way Beyond Realism


Newcastle are doing very well at the moment with four wins on the trot, and it’s really hard to blame Newcastle fans for maybe getting just a little carried away with the recent success – after all it’s not like we have had a lot of success at the club in recent years – make that recent decades.

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Alan Pardew – expectations way beyond realism

And Alan Pardew in his three years at the club – he replaced Chris Hughton three years ago next Monday – how time flies – has done well in all but one of the seasons he’s been at Newcastle, and of course he was the LMA and Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year a year ago last May – the first Newcastle manager ever to win that award.

Pardew  was asked if the goal for the season of finishing in the top ten could be revised upwards, and this is what he said:

“You kind of reassess it every game, really,” “For this game we will be confident, whereas we might not have been that confident four or five weeks ago.”

“There’s that confidence, and you start looking at the table and you start looking at results.” “I’m sure my players were looking on Sunday to see if anyone was going to jump above us.”

“I can’t say that isn’t the case. There’s an excitement about it and of course as the manager, I want to breed that in and drive that on, of course.” “I am not even going to think about it a this stage.”

“This is Newcastle, we like to raise our expectations, way beyond the realism of where we are at times.”  “But it’s great at the moment. Our fans must be enjoying it – I hope they are because I think the team is playing with a commitment and a style that’s good.”

Newcastle were up to 5th place on Saturday night, and then the games on Sunday went our way and we dropped only one place to 6th position.

If we can get a win at the Liberty Stadium tonight,  it sets up a great game at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, where our lads get the chance to show just how good they are.

And this season – anything seems possible – and how many decades is it since we actually won at Old Trafford? 😀

But first things first, and it will be a tough test tonight against Swansea in south Wales.

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7 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    ok.sooo not getting carried away ^^ i said 10th-8th at start of season so i may need to be reminded of that throughout the season hopefully 🙂

    we have had a great set of results lately and the lads do look quality but lets not forget how quickly we tend to throw things away at times (even down to the 13point lead we had under kk)

    we are wrong to take swans as easier than manu though seeing as we tend to do better against better teams and let ourselves down at teams we should be beating ! but it is a good time to play swansa with there striker injuries.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Its going to be a tough match, but we can win it. Anyone know if its being televised?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Alan, you just need to shut up.

    You don’t want to be in Europe, the owner wants top 10.

    The DOF is a Psycho!

    We are where we are although if we were 6 points lighter no you would still be happy and content.

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  • barkel

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Graeme it’s on BT Sport mate

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    (whispers viplivesports) unfortunatly i’m working but they have it televised.

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  • bobby mango

    Dec 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Do we really raise expectations? We support a club that hasn’t own anything major since before most of us where born. We go into each season just hoping, never expecting success.

    We expect commitment and respectable performances but I think people go OTT always saying our expectations are too high.

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve not seen much evidence of getting unrealistic. I think threw vary majority are taking it a game at a time and enjoying it.
    I think the next 2 matches are equally tricky; Laudrup will know how to counteract a lot of our play; is really a question of whether he has the players fit to do it. 1-0 The Toon I think.
    As for Manure… Our best chance I years but they still have that uncanny ability to raise their game at home against the Toon. Not sure it’ll be enough this time. 1-1 with them equalising in the 12th minute of time added on 😉

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