Magpies Should Be Aiming For Top Six And Winning A Cup


After not winning a local trophy in England since we smashed Manchester City 3-1 back in the FA Cup final of 1955 – maybe this is the season we can at least have a good cup run and even reach a cup final – and maybe even win a trophy for the first time in decades?

Maybe.

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Alan Shearer – we need to try to win a cup

The great Alan Shearer has been interviewed in the Mirror today, and the local legend has talked about how bad the second half of last season was – and the fact that at least Newcastle should try to win one of the local cups this season – since we have no chance at all of (ever) winning the Premier League:

“For the first time last year in our box, which I share with another nine guys, there was a game where we couldn’t give a ticket away.” “There were only three or four who wanted to go.”

“I hope that doesn’t happen again this season.” “It’s important Newcastle try to win a cup and give someone something to shout about. I find it sad that the league is their priority.”

“Newcastle can only win two cups a season, which is the Capital One and the FA Cup. So when they put out a weakened team last year against Cardiff in the FA Cup and got beat, I was annoyed, angry and surprised.”

“I hope we can finish somewhere in between sixth and 10th and have a good cup run.” “That’s what we need. We need to get off to a good start because we had a dreadful back half of the season and it was hard work watching.”

“I would love Newcastle to be in the top three or four, but ­realistically we’re not going to be there.” “So we have to look at other ways to entertain.”

“I hope we can play a brand of football that can excite the fans, and keep them there week in week out.” “They have spent a lot of money, which we needed to do. We’ve signed some decent players. The proof will be in the pudding.

“We should be aiming for the top six.” “That should be the ­ambition. I am sure it is the ambition. But ambition and ­achievement are two different things.”

Good words there from Alan.

Kenny Dalglish got us to the FA Cup final back in 1998 against Arsenal, and Ruud Gullit had us there the following year against Manchester United – but we lost both finals 2-0 – and Alan Shearer played in both games.

We will see what the ambitions are in the local cups this season at the end of the month, when we play in the Capital One (League) Cup at Gillingham – we need to field a strong side in that game and get through that cup tie, and then keep fielding strong teams in the cup competitions.

We’ll see what happens – but Pardew needs to win some of the first few games this season to get the lads off to a (very) good start, and that includes the game at Gillingham.

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10 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Amen to that Super Al

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Is it just me or is big al looking more like simon rimmer these days?

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  • Goofy

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearer will always be my Idol but as a pundit not so much, he talks more sense than Gullit though. Alan Hanson, Paul Merson and Andy Gray talk the biggest amount of s*@” out them all.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Reply to previous post
    For countless reasons I have gone from having a lot of sympathy and defending Pardew to not being able to stand the bloke, but to blame him alone for all our
    ills is completely wrong unless of course the reason for targetting him is not having the balls to walk, look at Pulis, he was promised, let down and went, how many decent managers would suffer the transfer policy that our spineless jellyfish has had to endure.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Gullit is a Prat !

    And most of the Dutch Nation know he is, good footballer, bad manager and an abyssmal commentator !

    As for our chances of a cup or top six finnish?

    Well, we can dream eh Alan!

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  • lesh

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Newexpat, c’mon be fair to Gullit, he’s not the only crap commentator/ pundit on the box.

    He sits with Phil(the drone) Neville on MoTD and to his credit, Gullit’s got a bit more spark than Neville.

    Why do the broadcasters recruit such bores – unless its to help people get to sleep!

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  • lesh

    Aug 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardews Prolific Boys

    Shearer does a bit moonlighting for Italian tv – he plays Inspector Monteblano (if that’s how it’s spelled).

    I beats me how he gets from Sicily to MoTD and looks so fresh!

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  • milburn990

    Aug 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    8th would probably be our limit. If we hit the ground running and buy well in January and maybe everton or spurs struggle with the extra European games you never know…

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Aug 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    @6 :

    Well Lesh, Gullit has, i believe seven kids, from three different woman and he was only married to one of them !

    So he not only can,t pick a team to save his life, but his choice of partner sucks and his personal life is a mess too !

    Or, depending on how you look at it, the one he was married too was the nicest, but he strayed and could,nt keep his pants on! The other two were Bimbo,s ! His alimoney payments must be crippling him financially. Probably the reason he makes the ocasional appearance on MOTD and other sports programmes! Prat !

    You would think if the BBC insist on using him then he would do something to improve his English too. Wonder how much they are paying him? Got to earn enough to keep all those kids in school !

    Even Shearer outshines him as a BBC Pundit but wor Al was a better footballer too in my vieuw !
    No mention of Shearer dropping him against the Scum all those years ago !

    Hopefully his appearance on yesterday,s MOTD was just a Camio appearance?

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  • NYMAG

    Aug 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Top 8 should be our minimum target with the current squad we have. We are 2 players short of breaking into the top 6.

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