Boss wary over potential goal drought.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said that he wants to make the club a name to be feared in English football once again, according to the Mirror.
Pardew has spent the bulk of the summer trying to review what went so spectacularly wrong for the club towards the business end of last season and now feels that he knows what his priorities are as the club look to kick off the new season against Manchester City this weekend.
They include producing a side which “threatens the goal more”, and also constructing a long cup run that can “energise” his club.
The 52-year-old has identified the sides lack of goals as the main problem, believing their impotency in front of goal immediately gave the opposition a psychological boost, and he is also hoping to bring some silverware back to St James’ Park by prioritising both domestic cups.
“I think last year the bottom line was we were not threatening the goal enough,” he said.
“If you’re not threatening the goal enough, teams get a little bit more confidence, they score against you and start to believe that if they score, they will win.
“Therefore, not only are you suffering from a lack of confidence, you are suffering from an over-confident opposition, whereas the year before everyone was fearful of playing us because the results, home and away, were excellent.”
Last season relegated Wigan outscored Newcastle, who finished the season with just 45 goals, with Papiss Cisse ending as their top scorer with just 13 in all competitions.