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Newcastle’s Alan Pardew Lowers Expectations By Setting Goal Of Mid-Table Finish

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has set the goal for his team during the 2014/15 season to be 48 points, a mid-table finish, and one fewer than where the club ended up last season.

When asked if Newcastle’s target was to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings again this season, the 53-year-old manager told Sky Sports:

“Well, the average for this club over the last 10 years in the Premiership is 48 points, and I think if we get that or anything above that, I think it will be a good season for us.

“But at this stage of the season, like all clubs, we dream higher than that.  We’ll have to see where we go and we got another window to get through in the winter, which caused us damage last time and hopefully we conduct our business well in that window and strengthen again, and if we can, I think we can have a great season.”

Despite strengthening his squad this summer, it seems odd of Pardew to still make 48 points a goal for the club.  It’s very possible that Pardew is setting the bar low to keep the pressure off of both himself and his players; however, the presumed lack of ambition will most likely not sit well with the Newcastle fans.

Over the last five seasons, exactly 48 points at the end of the Premier League season would have landed a team in 11th, 9th, 10th, 9th, and 11th place.  If the Magpies were to finish with 48 points following the upcoming season, they would actually close out the campaign with one less point than last season.  In the four seasons since being promoted back into the Premier League following the 2009-10 season, Newcastle has finished with more than 48 points twice (including netting 65 points in the 2011-12 season).

The Magpies have seemingly had a positive summer transfer window with Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Rivière and Daryl Janmaat among the arrivals at St. James’ Park.  Pardew was upbeat when asked about his new recruits, “We’ve brought in some real quality this year and, you know, with the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye last year it was important to add some offensive stability to our team and to strengthen it.  We’re really pleased with what we’ve done (in the transfer window).”

Although Pardew might be playing it cool on his team’s chances this season, Newcastle fans should be more optimistic.  With the additions of Cabella and de Jong specifically, there is no doubting that this year’s Newcastle team trumps last year’s squad.  While the manager rates de Jong extremely high (Pardew even said that the Netherlands international could be one of the best players that he has ever managed), Cabella might be even better.  The 24-year-old Cabella scored 14 Ligue 1 goals for French club Montpellier last season, receiving nine Man of the Match awards in the process.

Here’s the video of the interview with Pardew.

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Prior to joining the writing team at World Soccer Talk in the summer of 2014, Chris was a freelancer for the Yahoo Contributor Network. While at Yahoo, he published over 100 soccer-related articles and was a regular in the website’s monthly “Hot 100” list. Chris also wrote Baltimore Orioles minor league reports and game recaps for the Maryland Sports Blog during the 2014 season.
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5 Responses to Newcastle’s Alan Pardew Lowers Expectations By Setting Goal Of Mid-Table Finish

  1. fromtheheed says:

    Can not believe this comment to be true. No manager in the world would set their goal as that of finishing mid table. Obviously he’s still in need of more players coming in and his lack of ambition will alienate him yet again with the fans. It’s apparent he’s aware of his limitations in organizing and coaching he knows he’s not up to the job.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      There’s a link to the video near the bottom of the story where Pardew says his goal is 48 points. He says he dreams of finishing higher. We all do, Alan. We all do.

  2. Brn442 says:

    “Lowers expectations” – as though anyone outside Newcastle or not being sectioned, really expected the Magpies to finish any higher?

  3. NeilO says:

    He’s just being realistic. I’m a geordie fan but this team looks flat.

  4. Bruce Gottesman says:

    Would be nice if Pardew has no interest in playing Ben Arfa for him to sell him and put the money into another central defender

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