Benitez on Newcastle

Rafael Benitez is quietly preparing the next season with a list of potential transfer dealings. He said that he already has a good squad and that he wants to add more quality to it in order to challenge for the European places.

 

The Spanish manager has been promised an improved transfer budget by Newcastle owners and Rafael Benitez will be hoping that this time around Mike Ashley could keep his word.

The former Liverpool manager has already had to deal with three difficult transfer windows and will be hoping that this time around he could get enough money to revamp the side.

It is also reported that the manager will be looking to sell some players that are deemed to be surplus to requirement. At the top of the list, we have defender Mbemba who is reportedly attracting interest from Fc Porto. The player is currently valued at £8million and Rafael Benitez will be hoping that he can raise additional money from the sale of this player.

Some pundits believed that Rafael Benitez already has a clear idea on how to improve Newcastle United but he is being hindered by a lack of transfer budget. He has successfully managed to help them win promotion back to the Premier League and help them secured a 10th place finish last season in the top flight.

This time around he will be looking to improve this finishing position and for this, he will need to have access to more funds. So far, Mike Ashley has said that he will be giving the manager enough money to build a competitive team and we will have to wait and see whether he actually keeps his words.

Rafael Benitez has yet to sign a new deal with the club and is perhaps waiting to see whether the Newcastle United owner keeps his word.

Pardew gains relief from victory

Alan Pardew and Newcastle United secured their first victory of the season in the Premier League after defeating Leicester City at St. James’ Park when they met each other on October 18. A solo goal from Gabriel Obertan was enough for Newcastle United to come out on top with the victory and all 3 points.

This victory is a big relief for the manager Alan Pardew as he has recently been put under pressure with Newcastle United going through an extremely slow start of the season and is located in the bottom spots of the Premier League.

The match was delayed for around 40 minutes after the new big screen in the stadium of Newcastle United had to be reassured with all of the panels that are surrounding it and this forced all the fans that made their trip to watch the game having to wait outside of the stadium until the screen was appropriately secured.

After everything was assured, the home fans entered the stands and watched Newcastle United picking up their first triumph of the season but this victory came at a cost for the relegation threatened club as they will be investigated by the FA and Premier League following the big screen incident.

When the match was over, Newcastle United released a public apology to everyone for the delay.

An official statement from the website of Newcastle United said: “Newcastle United Football Club would like to offer sincere apologies to everyone affected by the delay to kick-off of today’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Leicester City at St. James’ Park’’

“Turnstiles were closed until 3.15pm whilst loose dressing panels surrounding the newly-installed LED screen in the Leazes Stand were assessed and made secure by engineers. Kick-off was subsequently rescheduled to 4pm’’

This was the first time that the big screen was being used at the stadium and the Premier League could be facing a sanction or punishment for this event which delayed the match.

Pardew Believes Fans Were Responsible For Teams Failure

In an amazing postmatch press conference, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said that the fans were responsible for his team’s failure to keep a lead against Crystal Palace in a recent league match. Newcastle took on Crystal Palace, who have recently appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager, at St James’s Park looking to get to the first win of the season. After having played three matches this campaign, Newcastle are still searching for this elusive victory. However, they will have to wait beyond the international break in order to do so after Crystal Palace equalised with only seconds remaining on the clock.

The 3-3 draw could have easily gone Newcastle’s way if the fans have not been excited during the final minutes of the encounter according to Pardew. He suggested that the excitement of fans spilled onto the pitch and made his players attack more towards the end of the match rather than protect the lead. Newcastle allowed Gayle to score within the opening minute, but they showed incredible resilience throughout the match to get on the lead in the 88th minute through Williamson. For the next few minutes, there was incredible jubilation inside the ground as seemed finally that three points were on the way.

On loan Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, though, equalised in injury time to spoil the celebrations. “We should have had all three points. Perhaps we got wrapped up in the crowd trying to get a fourth and it is frustrating to concede. Our fans went mad and we got dragged along a little bit with it. We weren’t as tight defensively today as we have been and Palace caused us problems in the wide areas,” said the Newcastle manager. It is reported that Pardew could lose his job if he fails to win the next two matches.

Manager was fined and warned

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew caused injury to Hull city’s David Meyler for which he was fined £ 100000, and also gave him a formal warning. Newcastle owner mike Ashley assessed his position as Pardew’s job has emerged to be under threat. However the association said that after issuing their punishment they have drawn a line under the affair.

After the attack which took place at KC stadium on Saturday Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend when football association Chairman Greg dyke whispered that the governing body analyzed the incident as serious.

Pardew is definite to be fined by the FA and subjected to a stadium ban for few months. The club in a statement said that Alan apologized instantly to the player to the hull city football club and to the fans of the United Castle. He deeply regrets his actions. Alan has accepted a formal warning and also has fine imposed on him.

The incident occurred in the middle through the second half of Newcastle’s win when the Hull player accidentally pushed Pardew to regain the ball that has gone out of play. At first Pardew pushed the player and then tilted over him and then a head to head contact was made between them. Alan Pardew apologized but he persisted that it was not a fully blooded butt or a dismissal offence. He uttered that from then onwards he would be sitting on the bench and will try to keep himself out of the way.

The hull manger Steve Bruce whispered that he has not seen or observed such a thing before. The matter is over as he had apologized to everyone. Pardew is very fortunate as he didn’t get one back from David Meyler who is 25 years old or else he must have fallen in great trouble.

TOP HALF FINISH

Newcastle United are in with a shout to finish in the top half of the table or even qualify for the Europa league after the spectacular run of form for the last few months. The team are incredibly just one point behind Manchester United, who are one of the biggest clubs in the world. Right now, only the fifth placed team will take the Europa league spot, but that could change depending on the winners of the League cup and the FA Cup. Newcastle have certainly improved attacking wise following the signing of Loic Remy on a loan deal from QPR.

Manager Alan Pardew said that he is right now satisfied with the attacking prowess of the team. This has come about after tweaking the formation. The upcoming games against Norwich and Stoke provided Newcastle with a great opportunity to strengthen their push for the top six positions. Newcastle have previously finished in the top five two years ago. They missed out narrowly on the Champions league places, but Pardew is determined to make amendments for it. It has been several years since Newcastle were last seen in the Champions league.

The club has scored just over a goal per game, which is the ratio Pardew will be keen to improve in the forthcoming weeks.

“Our statistician told me we had 12 shots in the first half. In the Premier League that is a lot. We could have had more than that really. I don’t think we could have played any better in the first half. We were really good. Thirty six points is a fantastic total for us and we look forward to the second half of the season,” said Pardew.

Incredibly, the last time they had 36 points after 22 matches was when they finished fifth in 2012.

RUMOURS DENIED

The manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew, has denied the speculations that Fabricio Coloccini might be making an away move this January.

In one of his interviews a few days ago, Coloccini who is the skipper of Newcastle United had said that he would love to sign for an Argentinean club in future and after that statement of his, there were speculations that he might leave Newcastle during the upcoming mid-season transfer window. But, according to Pardew, there is nothing like that.

When asked about Coloccini’s recent statements, Pardew said, “To be honest, I have no idea what he said in that interview. You are never sure about the credibility of such reports. I haven’t had a chat with Fabricio regarding that. I will talk to him later this week.”

Meanwhile, Coloccini made a comeback to the starting line up of Newcastle United in their previous game against Norwich City. He played quite well in that game and helped his team end up on the winning side. Now, this has given a selection headache to Alan Pardew. If he has to keep Coloccini in the starting line up in the next game as well, he will have to drop Mike Williamson which will be a bit unfair as the English defender hasn’t done badly of late.

However, the Newcastle boss is pleased with the victory that his team secured over Norwich City.

When asked about that match, he said, “We could have played slightly better, but, then, you need to give credit to the opposition as well. They gave us a run for our money, but, the end result was in our favour and that’s what you want.”

Newcastle United’s next game is against West Bromwich Albion at St. James Park on Saturday.

PARDEW SECURE

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions that he is about to get the sack from owner Mike Ashley after a poor start to the season. Pardew managed to get to the club into the fifth place in the Premier league after coming from the Championship. They, however, struggled to replicate that good form last season and they almost were relegated to the championship. After overseeing a large turnaround of players, Pardew has been unable to get good results at the start of the season as well. His team defeated 3-2 by Everton on Monday night, but the result looked extremely bad at half-time.

After a great performance from Chelsea’s on loan striker Romelu Lukaku, Everton were leading 3-0 going into the half-time break. It was only because of a late goal that the score was respectable for Newcastle. After the match, there were rumours that Pardew was about to get the sack ahead of this weekend’s fixtures. Pardew has rejected such speculation by saying that there is no truth in those rumours and that he has the full faith of owner Mike Ashley. Ashley witnessed the poor display from his club along with the technical director Joe Kinnear at Goodison Park.

Newcastle have a tough run of fixtures starting with the match against Cardiff during the weekend.

“It’s the old saying that you can’t keep all the people happy all of the time. Well, I can’t keep any of the people happy any of the time! Most of that rumour (of his sacking) started on social media, probably by young fans or whoever, and it makes some sort of headway. The only way you can deal with it, and I’ve been a manager here for nearly three years, is you kind of have to cut yourself off and just focus on the job,” said Pardew.

TURBULENCE

Newcastle United have had a turbulent few months in which a lot has changed at the club. The arrival of former manager Joe Kinnear as the director of football has created a lot of controversy at the club. This has translated into almost no significant arrivals so far this transfer window. Newcastle barely managed to avoid relegation last season, which was a shock to many considering that they finished in fifth place the previous season. Manager Alan Pardew said after the end of last season that the club needed new faces in order to cope with the fixture schedule.

However, players have been consistently linked with a move away from St James’s Park rather than the other way around. This will change in the coming weeks according to Pardew, who has put his faith in Kinnear. He expects the former Newcastle manager to bring in good players over the next few weeks. Newcastle have been in discussions with French club Lyon for the transfer of striker Bafetimbi Gomis. It is believed that they recently increased their offer to around £ 7 million.

French striker Loic Remy has also been linked with a move to the club. He is with relegated QPR, who are looking to get him off the wage bill. Remy could come on a season-long loan deal.

“Myself and Graham Carr have given Joe the targets, but they’re difficult to get over the line. And I’m sure Joe’s trying to be very patient in trying to get the right player for us. There’s been no problem (with Kinnear). Joe’s job is to make sure that I get the support I need and he’s trying to do everything he can to do that. It’s obvious at the moment that we need a player or two and hopefully he can do that,” said Pardew.

MORE EXPERIENCE NEEDED

The manager of Newcastle United, Alan Pardew, has said that if the club had bought the experienced players in the pre season and mid season transfer windows, then, it would not have been in danger of finishing in relegation zone at this point of time.

Newcastle United is currently at the 16th position in the Premier League points table. They have played 35 matches so far out of which they have won 10; have lost 18 and the remaining 7 matches have finished in the form of draws. They still have to play three games.

The Newcastle United team has secured just 5 points in their last 8 matches. If they continue playing with this kind of form in the remaining three games, there is a good possibility that they will finish in the relegation zone.

There also have been reports that the environment in Newcastle’s dressing room is not good. There are disputes between several players and also, there are language problems as there are a lot of French players in the squad. But, Pardew has denied those reports.

The Newcastle manager said, “Frankly speaking, I don’t think language problem is the issue here. Actually, we were not that smart in the transfer market this season. We went for players who didn’t have too much experience of playing in England. That’s the main cause of team’s poor performance.”

“You can’t expect a player to go great guns in his very first season in England. It’s very hard. You need to have experience to do well in these conditions.”

Newcastle United’s next match will be against West Ham United. That match will be played on Saturday at Boleyn Ground.

When asked about that match, Pardew said, “They are a tough side to beat on their home ground. They also have a lot of experience in their squad with the likes of Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll. They are not going to make things easy for us; that’s for sure.”

“It’s a very important game for us. We desperately need three points. Hopefully, we will be able to get that.”

NOT WORRIED

Despite flirting with a relegation only a few weeks ago, the Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he did not worry about losing his job for one moment. It was only a few weeks ago that Newcastle were closer to the relegation zone after a run of poor results. The manager himself admitted that the club will be relegated if they do not bring in a few signings in January. The board listen to his advice and brought him at least five first-team players during the January transfer window. They have made an instant impact on the team after they have managed two successive victories in the league.

Even more surprising is the fact that one of them came against the European champions Chelsea. As a result, the criticism from the supporters after the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Reading have quickly been forgotten. The manager Pardew, who guided the team to an impressive fifth-place finish last season, has said that he did not think about losing his job for a minute. Meanwhile, the sporting director Derek Llambias has praised Pardew for the work he has done on bringing the five players, while also stressing the importance of stability at the club. Stability has been lacking at Newcastle for the last decade or so.

“It’s rare in football to have the position that even with the results I’ve had, the message from upstairs was that I was going to be retained as manager. Perhaps our fans weren’t quite as happy about that at the time, but I have to try and reward the club for the backing the gave me now. So far, we’ve got two great results and we have to build on that. It’s been a difficult season for us,” said Pardew, whose team will face Tottenham this weekend.