Newcastle have now lost three successive Premier league games, although to be fair two of them were against two of the top three teams in the league Arsenal and Manchester City.
Alan Pardew – wants changes made for PL clubs
We lost at West Brom after Mathieu Debuchy managed to get himself sent off and there was that simply unacceptable performance in the FA Cup against Cardiff, and we';ll leave it at that.
Alan Pardew has said recently he wants to finish in the top four but Newcastle are now 8 points out of 5th place with every team above Newcastle having won over the weekend, and Arsenal playing today at Aston Villa.
So we have obviously lost a lot of ground with those three defeats, and it will not be difficult to finish in the top five to ensure European competition next season.
Alan Pardew was asked about Europe yesterday and whether that was still a target, and he talked about changes needed for Premier League sides:
“Yes. I think there might be a situation where maybe the agenda will change in terms of the fixtures. “It’s something I will be pushing for if we get close, the Premier League to try to help us, let us play on a Monday night or on a Wednesday.”
“And try to approach UEFA about that. The stats back up the suggestion that it’s too early for teams to play that quickly.” “For us, the most important part is to attack every game.”
“We have the same points total as we did when we finished fifth after the same amount of games, so we have got to take that belief into the second half of the season and try to improve on it.”
We wouldn’t be too upset if we didn’t qualify for the Europa League this season, with all those games and little to be gained from that competition in terms of prestige or money – although the Champions League is different.
But not particularly wanting to qualify for Europe is a bit wimpy, because if we are to become a top club again, we have to be in Europe and we have to be in the Champions League.
That’s the challenge that Mike Ashley should be confronting, but all we heard from Joe Kinnear in the program notes for yesterday’s game was the club was under tight financial controls.
We keep hearing that from Joe and Alan, and it’s probably an attempt to quell the rampant ambition of the Geordie fans.
We want our club to be great again.
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