Alan Pardew was as usual upbeat in yesterday’s press conference, even though we have a long list of injuries and have won only one of our last seven league games and failed to score in six of them.
And Alan even talked about trying to win a trophy for Newcastle, which would be the first one since way back in 1969 when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup, and it was way back in 1955 when we last won a domestic trophy – the FA Cup – our third win in five years, after we also won it in 1951 and 1952.
This is some of what Pardew said yesterday:.
“There’s always an incentive in football, always, your professional pride is a minimum.” “The passion from the fans just can’t help but inspire you, and I’ve enjoyed 90% of my time here.”
“But I’ve lost some emotional games, Sunderland games and the cup games.”
“They are tough to take as the manager of this team when you are desperate to win a trophy.” “My overall feeling is one of pride in that I think we’ve done a good job, we’ve produced some fantastic football and had some unbelievable results.”
“We had a high finish two years ago and the quarter finals of the Europa League and hopefully this year a strong finish
“Before I reach that next landmark of 200 games, hopefully a trophy of some description that our fans are desperate for, and in my opinion, thoroughly deserve.”
But to win a trophy we must play our strongest side, and while that’s not good news for the fringe players, we are not in Europe so play only around 42 games a season these days – so there’s no reason, as Alan Shearer has pointed out – to play our strongest sides in the cup games.
As far as the Sunderland games go – that will not be so easy as Gus Poyet seems to have the edge over Alan and currently it’s 4-0 to Gus in head to head games.
But we don’t see anything wrong with the manager wanting to win trophies for Newcastle – it would be a problem is he didn’t want to win anything – and we certainly need one.
For the record Alan Pardew has managed in 149 games at Newcastle – won 57, drawn 36 and lost 56 – and if those games were all in the league, we would get around 53 points per season with that record, by our reckoning.
What do you think?
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