Newcastle fans were used to the club being in Europe fairly regularly, but all that ended once Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in late August of 2004, and since then Newcastle have been in decline, and Newcastle United have also lost their ambition under owner Mike Ashley, who has been the owner for almost seven years now – but there is precious little to show for it in terms of the team doing well on the pitch.
Alan Pardew – how do we get to next level?
It’s obvious the summer is going to be an important transfer window for Newcastle, but manager Alan Pardew has talked this morning about how difficult it is for Newcastle to catch those top clubs.
They are the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – who have invested big money over the last several years - and of course Newcastle haven’t.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“All that investment now is starting to impact on those teams and the teams below have not had that financial push.” “They’ve had it for six, seven, eight years, Chelsea ten or so.”
“It’s a worry, particularly for a club like this – how do we get to the next level? How do we impact on them? That’s a big question for us in the summer.”
“We have to be even shrewder in our transfer recruitment. We have to be clever with how we utilize players.” “The size of our squad has to be almost detailed right to the last full stop because three or four players this year have been over-used.”
“And I think that has been a concern for us. That’s something else we need to put into the mix for the summer.”
Those top six clubs are ready to rule the roost for the next several years in the Premier League, so it will be very difficult for Newcastle to qualify for Europe, as it has been over the last seven years.
And other teams such as Everton and Southampton are coming up these days, so Newcastle are in danger of staying as a middle of the table team for the foreseeable future.
And the fact the owner seems to be happy enough just to be in the top ten - that’s a huge concern in itself - because if you don’t reach for the top you wont get there.
Newcastle can have a very good transfer window this summer, but it has to go almost perfectly for Newcastle to be challenging for a top six or even top eight position in the league next season.
What we’d like is for Newcastle to be challenging once again for a top four position and the Champions League, but that’s simply not going to happen anytime soon – maybe as long as Mike Ashley owns the club.
That is so sad.
What do you think?