Alan Pardew had his say on a number of Newcastle United related matters in his appearance on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports last night.
Pardew, who enjoyed a mixed four years on Tyneside, began discussing Newcastle’s survival hopes ahead of our return to the Premier League next season:
“I think Newcastle will stay in the Premier League if they can keep Rafa Benitez,”
“They have got the home power, you just have got to add a few players to that squad and a couple of big stars.”
“They should have enough.”
Pardew then went on to discuss Sunderland, suggesting that Newcastle’s bitter rivals could learn a thing or two from Rafa Benitez ahead of their Championship campaign next season:
“Even though Sunderland will get the huge injection of parachute money, it doesn’t mean to say they’ll do it the right way.”
“Benitez has done things pretty much spot on at Newcastle; he took a big group of top-Championship players, some of whom were there already, and his squad have seen him through.”
“That would be a good route for David (Moyes) to go down if he can convince the chairman that’s the right route.”
Pardew is often guilty of talking nonsense, but here he provides a fairly level headed assessment of the two clubs moving forward.
I must say, however, that i’d back Sunderland to do an ‘Aston Villa’ more than I’d fancy them to replicate our success this season – time will tell!