Newcastle Chairman Wants UEFA Cup Qualifaction

Newcastle United Chairman Chris Mort wants Kevin Keegan to plan to qualify the club for Europe next season.


Chairman Chris Mort – European football qualification next season

We’ve now gone five games unbeaten and 12 good points have seemingly taken Newcastle to safety from relegation. Now everybody that
has any interest in Newcastle’s fortune will be mesmerized by the summer transfer dealings of Kevin Keegan, and which players he will bring to the club.

Of course Newcastle have been linked with every player available on the planet, but Kevin himself is eying 4-5 top-class players to bring in.

Chris Mort is also starting to look for better things from Newcastle as he said:

“There will be a lot of clubs, maybe 10, looking at the top six.”

“The Champions League positions are more difficult to attain but I would hope we’ll be one of the clubs at least aiming for a UEFA Cup slot.”

Chris Mort and owner Mike Ashley have promised to back their new manager in the transfer market. But on the other hand Chris insisted:

“We’re not going to spend silly money to try to get immediate success because we don’t think that’s what the fans want. It’s not in the long-term interests of the club.”

We’ll have gone two seasons since last being in the UEFA Cup should we qualify next season. But it seems to be getting tougher to qualify these days. But if that’s what Kevin is being asked then the club must back him in the transfer marker in the summer, so Kevin can get the squad together he needs to take Newcastle back to some success.

But we think Kevin’s going to get that backing in the summer. Roll on next season.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Marty

    Apr 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes CM thats what we want too,Qualification to Europe is where this well supported club should be but because of several CRAP MANAGERS n bad signings over the years we have gone down the pecking order,but now that we have a team of management n youth system n HARD CASH to deal with,there again is a possibility to return to THE GOOD OLD DAYS n even do better this time round……………………………

  • Hadrian

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    silly money ? whats silly money these days when you have manu spending 200 million over the space of a couple of seasons .

    50 mill is what sven had to play with , didnt go to far , keane is looking like he’s getting 50 mill .

    we need a decent investment at the start and then a solid plan to build .
    if there isnt 50-100mill spent in the summer ill have serious doubts about our ownership .
    no, we dont want trophy signings , we want quality and that doesnt come cheap .

    seem’s to like to put words into fan’s mouths our mr mort .
    we top the football club rich lists , and better start acting like it again .

  • scottish mag

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    like macinally said on soccer saturday yesterday we need to sped at least 80 million to challenge for top six so mort if that is silly money to get into europe then your targets cant be matched so get your wallet out

  • arnie

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Mort again talking a lot of sense. We’ve lost our position in the top four thanks to fat freddys terrible decisions on managers and player recruitment. We need patience to get back, we and Tottenham should be the two clubs just behind the top four considering the resources those two clubs have. I hope this means we can take step by step, at least there is a good job being done off the field. Just hope Mike A has the same patience and the money available. A few stable years is whats needed, stability is the key. Not trophy signings and talking bull.

  • Darryl

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    I for one would like to see us go after;

    Arteta (Barton/possible Emre replacement?)
    Ciise (viduka cover)
    Boussafa (General cover)
    Riise (Enrique cover/Nzog replacement)
    Brown ( Faye/Taylor/Beye Cover)
    And another CB

    These wouldnt cost over the odds i dont think, but would probably improve us in positions we have, if not. cover us.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Surely we just need to add a few more top-class players, maestro/play maker like in CM/CAM, DM,CB & LB. When considering we’re now performing very well consistently with small squad, so next season with the right men on the field we can assure we’ll be destined to attain success in near future. UEFA spot is the main target of some sort of success, but why can we target to win a cup too?

  • Spyro

    Apr 13, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    the words “silly money” is giving me the impression we will spend around 30 million in the summer, i hope we spend more though

  • ScottyT

    Apr 13, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    yes uefa cup qualification is what we should be aiming for next season. then say in 3 or 4 years hopefully we can be placed to challenge the top 4. thats the plan anyways.

    have to say that the season just isnt the same without the drama of european nights for newcastle. hopefully we can get back to them nights asap.

  • scott9

    Apr 13, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    not sure if we can get top 6 it depends on who we sign but hopefully it will be possible

  • Geordie Joe

    Apr 13, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #10

    I disagree with some of you. I actually don’t think it will take a lot of money to be aiming for eufa cup. Do you really think spurs, pompy, villa or even everton are that much better than us, because i don’t. our squad is not that bad it was just that fat sam didn’t have a clue what he was doing. our squad just needs to be 3 or 4 players bigger.

  • geordie in taipei

    Apr 13, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree that spending silly money on silly players is stupid ! But its not my cash so lets spend quite abit on some quality players ! – come on – who cant deny that logic ! Watched Riise come on for a sub at Lpool today, he looked good, he wouldnt be too expensifve and he’d be a great addition.

  • Jonny

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    its actually 11 points weve got in this 5 match unbeaten run, 3 wins, two draws 🙂

  • Leo

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    well spend money on proven players like carrick/bullard crouch etc… if you pay the correct amount its not classes as silly. then get a few players like cisse or/and arshavin in because they are exciting players who will light our fires.

  • marcus owen

    Apr 13, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Try to win the FA Cup and League Cup first.

  • clinta

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Hadrian? last ting we need at newcastle are big money super stars, so i like what mort has to say today. haven’t you been paying attention the past 6 years wev’e invested more than most in big players and come up with.. well nowt!

    our team was ove halled last year by BSA which now everyone is admitting was for the better so we just need a few extra bits of quality in our side.

    in my opinion the team we already have (which is a quality side on paper and bank balance compared to most) should be challenging for uefa cup anyways???

  • clinta

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #16

    our club has stayed dormant the past few years while the rest of the league around us has gone from strength to strength, it’s going to take some patience and stability to move this club forward not big signings and unrealistic expectations.

  • BILLY - B

    Apr 14, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Now that Kevin has waved his magic wand and got the players just about back to playing with confidence and the high level of ability that got lost under BSA we only need a couple of players to come in. But they must be top quality players who can make an immediate impact on the team to lift them to the next level. We can all have our opinions on who we would like but i think Kevin and Dennis will already have there wish list and i wouldent be surprised if Mr Wise has already started the wheels turning on some deals.


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