Newcastle Utd boss disagrees with owner over silverware

Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear
Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear

ALAN Pardew insists he is committed to bringing silverware to Newcastle United this season – despite what Mike Ashley’s priorities are.

Reports earlier this month claimed senior officials had told fans that winning a cup was not a priority for Newcastle, and instead they had to focus on their league form.

But Pardew insists he will be gunning to end the Magpies’ 44-year wait for a trophy.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday, he said: “All Premier League managers are under real pressure from their board, from their owners, to get a strong Premier League finish because the finance and prestige for Premier League teams is such that that is the priority.

“So forget about everything else, that is the priority for the owners.

“But for managers, of course, it isn’t. Our ambition is to win trophies, so every competition we enter we try and win.

“When we were in the Europa League put some really strong teams, we got to the quarter-final and it was touch and go against Benfica, who nearly won it. We prioritised that.

“When it came round to the (domestic) cups we had awful teams to put out. As manager, I have to admit that. It wasn’t good enough for Newcastle.

“It wasn’t that I didn’t have them (players) in the background, they weren’t fit. We had a really bad run.

“This year, we want to win a cup, we want to win a trophy. Imagine Newcastle winning a trophy, no one would love that more than myself and for the fans. Our fans have been starved since 68 (sic).

“If we can reach the heights that we’ve done this year in certain games and certain periods in games, there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy.

“We’ve got the resources this year to have a go in the cups. We’ve got a really good first XI and the XI underneath it is not far away, and that bodes well when you have to put those guys in to keep the team at the same level.

“So I feel a little bit more confident this year, certainly than I did last year, and we’re not far away, in my opinion, from the team that finished fifth in terms of quality.”