Alan Pardew was upbeat, but also matter of fact, when he was interviewed today by Sky Sports at St. James’ Park, during the open training session that took place today in front of Newcastle’s young fans.
Alan Pardew – we can have a great season
Alan was asked if top 10 was again the target for this coming season:
¨Well the average for this club over the last 10 years in the Premiership is 48 points, and I think if we can get that or anything above that it will be a good season for us.¨
¨But you know at this stage of the season like all clubs we dream higher than that, so we’ll just have to see where we go and we have another window to get through in the winter and that caused us damage last time.¨
¨Hopefully we can conduct our business well in that window, and strengthen again, and if we can we can have a great season.¨
It depends which quotes you concentrate on, from what Alan has said above, during a rather lengthy but very good interview today.
Maybe if we get 48 points it would be a good season for us – will get some coverage in the press – but that’s kind of taking his quote out of context.
That seemed to be a low mark for the season, the way Alan was talking to Sky Sports.
We would like the target to be a top six finish, and it may even be a stretch target, but nobody at Newcastle is going to say that in public, since the Newcastle officials seem to want to lower the expectations of Newcastle’s fans – whose expectations are always on the high side.
And they should be too.
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