What Piorities (Apart From Keeping His Job) For Pardew?

Last updated : 09 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

lI once spoke to Kevin Keegan when I was in Bari for an Anglo-Italian tie in the early 1990s, and asked him is the competition was worth the effort.

His reply was typical Keegan: "I didn't choose to play in this competition, the chairman made that decision.

"But we are here in Italy, and I'm gonna make sure we give this 110%, as I do in every game.

"This is Newcastle United and we go out to win EVERY game - including games in the Anglo Italian!"

Last summer Pardew made up a list of priorities and the League Cup was at the bottom of it: "The Premiership is our top priority, and I think we can do well in the FA Cup, and those two are my major concerns. Europe and the League Cup are a chance to use our full squad."

But Chris Hughton showed a similar lack of interest in the competition, and that was one of the reasons Mike Ashley showed him his cards.

Of all three competitions, the League Cup is the one we have a decent chance of winning, so why hasn't the penny dropped with Pardew? 

That August evening in Morecambe could be very interesting.

Capital One Cup second round draw:

Carlisle v Leicester

Doncaster v Leeds

Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Sunderland v MK Dons

West Brom v Newport

Bristol City v Crystal Palace

Peterborough v Reading

Barnsley v Southampton

Burton v Fulham

Burnley v Preston

Liverpool v Notts County

Norwich v Bury

Leyton Orient v Hull

Everton v Stevenage

Stoke v Walsall

Huddersfield v Charlton

Aston Villa v Rotherham

Tranmere v Bolton

Morecambe v Newcastle

QPR v Swindon

Derby v Brentford

Watford v Bournemouth

Yeovil v Birmingham

Accrington v Cardiff

West Ham v Cheltenham

Ties to be played the week commencing August 26


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