Pardew looking for Newcastle to play ‘sensible’ soccer this season

BACKROOM TEAM ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, right, and his staff.
BACKROOM TEAM ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, right, and his staff.

ALAN Pardew has defended his tactics at Newcastle United – and insisted he is NOT a negative manager.

Pardew’s tactical approach came under fire from fans last season.

Many supporters felt Pardew – whose squad has been rebuilt over the summer with a £40m investment – was too negative in the way he set up his team.

But Pardew, writing in the programme for this afternoon’s Premier League season-opener against Manchester City at St James’s Park, has hit back at that accusation.

“This is the second team I have built at this club after the group that included Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye, and my belief is the squad we have put together can achieve our objectives for the season ahead,” he said.

“I’m also confident that this group of players will give me the chance to the theory that I am in some way a negative coach.

“It is always my intention to set teams up to play attacking football on the front foot, but it is not always possible against teams with greater resources than our own.

“It would be foolish to attack teams without any appreciation for the threat they could pose to us, and we have to try and find the perfect balance between ambitious and sensible football this season.”

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