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.
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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