Newcastle United have revealed that a top 10 finish is the minimum target the club should achieve this season.
The Magpies look a fair distance off their target at this early stage of the season, with just one win in eight games leaving them in the relegation places, just three points off the foot of the table.
They registered their first victory of the campaign last weekend, with the 1-0 victory over Leicester bringing three much needed points to St James’ Park, and slightly lessening the pressure on manager Alan Pardew - who many want to see dismissed from office.
However, Pardew has not been helped by uncontrollable factors this season, with injury and misfortune conspiring to hinder the Magpies start to the campaign, and, with Siem de Jong out injured for a number of months, and leading scorer Papiss Cisse set to miss the early part of next year due to international commitments, it does not appear as if Pardew’s job will get any easier.
Despite the poor start, the club confirmed at their Fans Forum earlier this week that a top 10 finish was still the minimum that must be achieved by the North Eastern side.
The injury to de Jong has reduced the club to fielding just one recognised striker in Cisse, and the club admitted that they believed his injury has been a key factor in the poor start to the season - with goalscoring hard to come by.
They added: “It was suggested that Siem de Jong had been purchased as a key part of the team and his injury had a knock-on effect offensively.”
The Magpies will be looking to use the victory over Leicester as a means to kick-start their season, with a journey to North London on Sunday to face Tottenham - who have been struggling themselves. A win for Pardew would see the Toon rise to 10 points, just one below their upcoming opponents - and just one point off their pre-season target.