WHAT NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE AFTER PROMOTION?

Newcastle United achieved their target of returning back to the Premier League within a year after they lost the status at the end of last season. Now the question is what’s next after regaining top tier status.


Rafael Benitez came late last season and he was supposed to rescue them from danger. It seemed he came too late as the Magpies still went down. They pressured him and he accepted to remain even though he had contractual back up to walk away. After seeing them through their promotion bid, Benitez would likely guide them in their first season back up.

The Spanish tactician invested £55 million to get 12 players. He made a profit of £30 million from the players that were cut off and they brought in £85 million in revenue. With his experience and the relative better investment in the team compared to other Championshipsides, you would expect that Newcastle get promotion by March but the second tier of English football is complicated.

Aside Newcastle, only Burnley have secured an automatic promotion back to the Premier League within a year in recent times. So Benitez seem to deserve his £5 million annual salary. Continue reading WHAT NEXT FOR NEWCASTLE AFTER PROMOTION?

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.

PARDEW WANTS CARROLL

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that Liverpool should not be worrying about the prospect of facing a loss on their star striker Andy Carroll after it has emerged that Liverpool are not willing to consider which less than £ 20 million. Newcastle have emerged as the surprise front-runners to secure his signature of the former Toon star. Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool in a £ 35 million deal back in January 2011, which made him the most expensive British player. However, he has been a major disappointment at Anfield after he has failed to produce goals and has often been injured.

As a result, Liverpool are willing to cut their losses by selling the player. The arrival of new manager Brendan Rodgers also has thrown his future into doubt due to the fact that the former Swansea manager favours playing football on the ground, which is not necessarily going to get the best out of Andy Carroll, who is a player strong in the air. It is thought that Newcastle United were initially interested in loan deal, which could have been made permanent at the end of the season. However, Liverpool are demanding a permanent transfer and a transfer fee of £ 20 million, but Alan Pardew has said that they cannot expect such high transfer fee.

“[The Reading chairman] John Madejski used to say to me about certain players, ‘Just wipe your nose and move on’, and I think [Liverpool] are going to have to do that with Andy. I think it was obvious as soon as Brendan went into Liverpool that Andy’s time was going to have to be somewhere else. I think it’s quite right we’re involved in that,” said Alan Pardew, who has also promised fans that there will be no major departures from St James’s Park this summer.

PARDEW WANTS EUROPE

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he is already looking forward to the next season after inching ever closer to qualifying for the Champions League this season. It has been a great 12 months for Newcastle United, as they have been able to reach closer towards the top four despite losing a number of top players. It was expected during the start of the season that Newcastle will struggle after losing the experience of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in addition to the loss of Andy Carroll in January. However, they have made some shrewd signings and the tactics of Alan Pardew has been spot on.

Newcastle continued their winning run during the weekend as well, as they managed a splendid 3-0 win over Stoke City at the St James’s Park. This coupled with the 0-0 draw at both Arsenal and Chelsea meant that Newcastle are now ever closer to finishing in the top four. Their other contender, Tottenham, were also unable to avoid defeat against QPR. There has been a buzz around Newcastle this season, which has translated into the players according to Alan Pardew. He is very much looking forward to playing in the Champions League next season if they qualify. Pardew reckons that it will be much easier to convince players to come to Newcastle once they qualify for the Champions League.

“Football is important in this city. There are a lot of people out of work and, when you look elsewhere, it is a tough environment for businesses and for people to earn money but, when they come to the stadium, they see a team playing like we did today and it just lifts you and they can take that back into the workplace,” Pardew said after the Stoke City match, which has seen Newcastle rise to the fourth position in the table.

PARDEW TARGETTING EUROPE

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that the club should be targeting a Europa League place in this season. Newcastle United made a fantastic start to the season and were in the top four only until recently. However, a few defeats on the bounce have meant that we have slipped out of their strong position at the start of the season.

Still, it is much better than any Newcastle United fan or owner Mike Ashley would have hoped at the start of the season. This has led manager Alan Pardew to believe that there is no reason for Newcastle United to be not challenging for the European places.

Despite missing a number of key players Newcastle United performed exceptionally well in their latest match against QPR. As a result of the 1-0 win, Newcastle United have moved into the fifth position in the table displacing Liverpool, who could only draw against Stoke city at home. Even better than the result was a fact that Alan Pardew could impart misery on the new manager Mark Hughes, who was just taking over at QPR. Newcastle United were one of the teams expected to struggle in the January and February months due to the loss of key players like Cheick Tiote and top scorer Demba Ba, but they showed incredible strength in depth to beat QPR.

“If we can manage to get a couple more wins when the boys are away and they can come back and give us a boost, who knows what we can achieve. We are sixth and that’s not just the result today but through 21 games. But we will never take our eye off things. We are not that naive,” Pardew said after the 1-0 win that took Newcastle United past Liverpool into the fifth position.

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