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Pardew Wants Good Run To Continue – Warns Of Complacency

Newcastle are now quite well positioned in 9th place, and just 3 points off Liverpool in 6th position, with 10 league games still to play.

Alan Pardew – warns against any complacency

But Alan Pardew has warned today against any complacency in the squad, with 30 points still to play for, and some games at home against relegation sides like Wolves, Birmingham and WBA.

Pardew said to Sky Sports today:

“The statement the club has made in going up as champions and having a good first season so far has been a resounding success.”

“But there are still 10 to go and we don’t want it to have a nasty end to it or an end which takes the shine off it, so it’s about keeping the momentum we have got.”

Everton will be a tough test on Saturday at St. James’ Park,  after they were surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup last night by Reading, and manager David Moyes will have let the players know he was not happy with their display last night.

So the lads can expect a reaction from Everton on Saturday, although the Toffees will be without key players like Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini who are both out injured – Fellani for the rest of the seaosn with an ankle injury.

Newcastle are expecting both Shola Ameobi and Stephen Ireland to return to the squad on Saturday from injuries, and Alan Pardew will have some selection problems, although we expect him to play Barton for Ryan Taylor, from that which did so well last Saturday against Bolton Wanderers.

And Alan prefers to look at the situation with a number of his players wanted by other top clubs, like Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, as a sign that Newcastle are doing something right and headed in the right direction.

Although Pardew does agree it’s sometimes uncomfortable that every player at Newcastle has their price, he was more than happy to tie up Cheick Tiote to a long term deal last Friday.

Alan continued:

“Of course, but if you haven’t got that going on at your club, then you have got something wrong.”

“We have got good players here, some great players, and they are always going to be of interest to other clubs.”

“There are some clubs we can’t compete against, as was proved with Andy, but with this signing we are armed a little bit with some security.”

Alan is right to keep the players keyed up while there are still almost 25% of the games to be played this season.

And Newcastle could do even better than we ever imagined with a more than decent run-in over these final 10 games, of what so far has been a very good season for the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #1


  • Charlietoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Yeah! Its amazing when think there is still 30 points left to play for. That is a heap! Its the same for those below us though and with things so close I hope we can get some decent wins starting at Everton. All those draws recently have done a good job at keeping us level but its points that count. As long as barton is out I think we may struggle until Ben Arfa is fit but who knows Ireland may be albe to come in and show what he can do.

    Fingers crossed for the lads!! I want to finish above Liverpool!!

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I think we’ve got to be careful here about accepting that its positive to talk about avoiding complacency. The lads are 3 points of 6th for goodness sake. http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=136 Pardew really should be talking more positively.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah but relegation is only about 8 points below us spanishtoon. 3 points more its a great season if we stay there. 3 points less and we stay there and we are hovering. 6 less and we stay there and may be gone.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice1 CharlieToon and I too will like to finish above Liverpool. 20 points is a lot and if we keep drawing and losing a few and the teams under us start a winning run we could still be sucked into a relegation battle. I’ll pray to God that doesn’t happen. I can’t wait for Benny to be back!..arrghhh the anxiety is killing me!! With Pardew’s latest comments on that matter I don’t think we’ll see him til the end of April unfortunately 🙁 I am confident Ireland will be a success as well, he will just need a run of games to get back to his Man City form. His bad showing while at Villa was just a confidence blip he had as he never felt wanted there. As you can already tell the guy loves it here and feels ‘reborn’ here.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    spanishtoon, of course it’s positive to talk about avoiding complacency. At least Pardew isn’t saying we should accept complacency. Now that would be negative.

  • free giveaways

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope Pardew plays Ireland in the middle, either alongside Tiote or just off Best, not out wide because Barton is not fit. I think he’ll add extra creativity to our side and create more chances for our strikers.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Geordie german…charlie…what i mean guys is that we should be talking about avoiding complavency in order to push on…notavoid complacency to avoid getting pulled back. Do you see what i mean?

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Like pardew says lets avoid complacency or we could have a bad end to the season…what he should say is..lets avoid complacency otherwise we wont finish top 7… Sends out a different message

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Spanishtoon – understand what you mean. It’s a psychological thing and player’s minds affect their play more than their physical condition does. We just can’t be too critical on what Pardew says as it’s extremely difficult to maintain the right frame of mind on the players with every comment a manager makes.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #11

    spanishtoon, and what’s the point of him saying “otherwise we wont finish top 7”? If I was him I wouldn’t. For fear of the Geordie anger when we didn’t. let’s get to 40-42 points that we need to stay up and see what happens after that. Everything after that is a bonus.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #12

    GG – exactly

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #13

    JP…from The Rock, Bow. I thank you.

  • milktoonaus

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #14
  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #15

    What Pardew conveys to us, isn’t always what the team (including staff) confide to each other. The official line is ‘avoid relegation’, but inside the dressing room they’ll be gunning for that 6th spot.

    I distinctly remember our captain being interviewed, going all coy and smirking, saying “that’s the official line, but we’ve got our own targets as a group.” This was back in early October I think.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Fair play lads….agree to disagree but i see your points.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #17

    But i have to say that there is probably a conflict beween a managers self protection and the reality of the situation. If i was pardew i probably also would claim that survival is success even if 3 points off 6th…its win win for him, no? Stay up. Hero. Finish top 7 unexpected legend. I would do the same but in terms of team ambition and positivity he should be bigging up their chances.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #18

    spanishtoon, right, correct. But to them and not to us. We’re Geordies and therefore known to be fickle. If Pardew came out and said we were going for 6th-7th place and we finished 9th. Well you know what a reception he would get at the first game next season. But I bet behind the scenes, he is really building the team up for a final push.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Now that is a fair point, geordiegerman.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #20

    spanishtoon, happens to me once and awhile. 🙂

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Have you seen this on the one and only pavel srnicek gg?! The video at the bottom is quality http://www.nufcnews.com/?page_id=8

  • boater

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Bit late but totally agree with Spanishtoon.. Pardew makes it sounds like we have all but avoided relegation – with talk of a ‘twist in the tale’.

    Lowering expectations really, shame when there is an opportunity to push on for a 7th place finish. Upwards lads, not over our shoulder.

  • bills-son

    Mar 3, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Managers – whether in football or anywhere else – say one thing in public and other things behind closed doors.

    Anyone who believes AP is saying anything behind closed doors other than “you guys are good enough to finish 6th or above, lets do it” doesn’t understand basic management.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 3, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #25

    how can it be an unchanged team ed, Raylor is out for a start !

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Yes – you’re right of course – changed it – Barton for Ryan Taylor if Joey’s fit.

  • paul_1988

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Was interested to read we havn’t won a 3 PM kick off since our return to the premier league? Assuming this is correct what better time to set that right that at home to Everton this Sat who have both Fellaini and Cahill out.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew is totally correct in what he says, we must end the season on a high. If we play the same way we did against Brum and Bolton we’re sure to get all 3 points. In the summer, hopefully Pardew can produce some of his transfer magic like he did at West Ham by bringing in Mashcerano and Tevez. I’d like to see Gervinho coming in and a very good striker e.g Falcao, Doumbia, Vagner Love and that’s what you call a team pushing for CL!!!:):)


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