Magpies targeting trophy tilt

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Alan Pardew is understandably delighted with his Newcastle team's performances so far this campaign, and pledges to bring some silverware to St James' Park in the next couple of years.

The Magpies currently sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, with 16 points from their first eight matches, and they are also through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup - where they face Blackburn next week.

"If you are asking me what do I want in the next two years, I would like us to win a trophy," confirmed Pardew. "That's something that needs to be ticked here.

"If I can do it, it will be absolutely magnificent with the team; if I can't, we want to get as close as we can, to be competitive in the Premier League and keep pushing for a cup, because they are not easy to win.


"One or two of the top, top teams start focusing once they get nearer the final. The best team comes out and it gets harder to win.

"That will happen in the Carling Cup, of course, the further you go, the better the opposition are going to be."

Newcastle's last silverware was picked up in 1969, when the Barcode Army lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and their last domestic success was an FA Cup victory in 1955.

"We are desperately trying to bring success here under the financial plan we have, and I think we can," Pardew continued. "That's the important point: it's not a financial plan for non-success, for mediocrity. It's not.

"It's to try to win a trophy, to try to be competitive and try to keep our best players once we have got ourselves in a good financial position. That's where we are and we are doing a super job."

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