Daily Mail

Ambition is no longer taboo... about time too


I SEE Amanda Staveley was predicting the future at Wembley, saying Newcastle would be back to win the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League. There was a time when that was taboo. It was considered unnecessar­y expectatio­n and pressure. But I don’t have a problem with it. When Palace were relegated I wouldn’t let Andy Johnson leave, kept the squad together and supplement­ed it with signings and then had the audacity to say I expected to win the league. The media went potty and the football fraternity were outraged — apparently it was ridiculous­ly unnecessar­y of me to utter such things. No one’s saying that now about Staveley — and I think it’s great.

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