With Newcastle looking so good over the last eight league games, and only 6 points off Liverpool who lead the Premier League at Christmas with 36 points from 17 games, Newcastle will be looking to do better than just finish in the top half of the table this season, and who knows, we may even qualify for Europe again this season.
Alan Pardew – after Old Trafford win
Alan Pardew is going out of his way to ensure his players don’t get carried away with their success, but the Newcastle Board are probably now hopeful of a good finish in the Premier League and everything that goes with it.
That includes some big money from the Premier League – between £60M and £100M handed out in May, which is largely dependent on where in the league the club finishes.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the local press:
“In terms of the board, it is pretty obvious we were after the top ten,” “But that doesn’t mean we can’t get better than that, and that is what we are trying to do now.”
“We are getting a little cushion between us and tenth, and we have to stay in that group. Everyone in the top eight won last Saturday or Sunday, which is very unusual, and eventually something has to give.”
“The important thing for us is to stay on the coat-tails of the leading group, which is pushing us on and making it such a good league this year.”
“When you are in a good run of form, you get that feeling on the training ground that the players are working well, and that is what is happening.” “You want to try to keep that going as long as you can.”
“This is a crucial time of the season because there are so many games, and if we get to the end of January and are still with the teams around us at the moment, and still in the hunt, I would take that right now.”
“That would leave us in a great position for the final three months of the season, and give us a real chance of reaching our targets. This is a crucial period for us.”
Some good words there from the Newcastle manager, and certainly things are going very well at the club at the moment.
Arsenal and Chelsea broke that winning streak of the top eight on Monday night, with a bit of a boring 0-0 draw, and what we took out of the game was that Newcastle should not be fearful of either of those two teams – and they both looked a little stale and even boring – but of course the teams were well matched.
Next up for Newcastle tis afternoon is an improving Stoke City team, and that promises to be another close game, but one that we should be able to win, which is why we are just a little bit worried about the outcome.
But another win would be fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!
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