Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called for fans, players, and board members to be realistic about the Magpies’ chances in next year’s Premier League.
Coming off one of the club’s greatest seasons in the Premier League era, Pardew has cautioned fans that a top five finish next year may not be feasible given the club’s European obligations.
“I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season,” Pardew told the London Evening Standard. If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible. I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.”
Pardew went on to suggest a top eight finish may be the target, with an exciting European run another hope for his ever-improving side.
“This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe.’ I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games,” he said.
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