Newcastle Can Still Make Europe – The Audacity Of Hope

Before the game against Aston Villa on Monday night, Newcastle were bottom of the league, with just 9 points from our first 11 league games, and we were 11 points adrift of 6th place, held by newly promoted Hull City. We mention that because 6th place usually qualifies the team for European competition in the UEFA Cup.

Michael Owen – we can make it into Europe

But Newcastle captain Michael Owen still thinks Newcastle have a decent shot at European qualification this season.

Michael Owen said today:

“We know we’re a decent team and we were in a temporary position,” “If we have a decent run to the end of the season, and we’d expect that with the players we have, then fifth, sixth or seventh is by no means impossible.”

“With our back-to-back wins we’re going there thinking we’re capable of taking something from the game.” “It’s still early in the season and a couple of wins shoots you up the table, the last two results have shown that.”

“And we are confident we can continue to climb. It’s still early in the season and a couple of wins shoots you up the table, the last two results have shown that. And we are confident we can continue to climb.”

And Michael Owen has also sang the praises of Newcastle’s courageous interim manager Joe Kinnear, who has the chance of getting Newcastle their 3rd successive league win at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and wins is what we need desperately to go up that league table.

Owen continued:

“He has steadied the ship,” “In every form of life you need to answer to one person – just to get a focal figure and know where the buck stops.”

“Now we’ve got that and now we’ve had some good results as well.”

We probably shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but Owen as captain is right to point out there are not many points between a lot of the teams in the Premier league right now.

We are now just 8 points off 6th place, and there are still 27 games to play in the league, so if we can continue our good form, and strengthen the squad in quality and numbers in January, we could still have a good season.

And with Joe able to inspire Newcastle to some great fighting form, and some great results, like the 2-2 draw with just 10 men against Man City, has anybody dared to think we may gave a good run in the FA Cup this season?

Yes, it’s the audacity of hope, but if you don’t hope you don’t get anything, and we’ve already seen this week here in the US, that miracles are still possible, and great things can happen, if only you are willing to believe. 😀

Howay The Lads!

Comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1


    i would be happy with top 10

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    or for the moment staying out of relegation

  • Wezside

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe for our winter break, we could go to switzerland or something, otherwise I dont see it. I’ll take mid table solidarity and a good manager by the end of the season thanks

  • Monster

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    It will only be possible if we strengthen in the transfer window. As we stand, one or two injuries and we’re knacked.

  • selly no skill

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    lets just take one step at a time hey.we do this every time.lose two games and we are relegation material,win two and eurupes on game at a time and we will see where we are in april/may.

  • simon376

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Owen is right, how does that song go, ‘if you don’t have a drea,. you will never have a dream come true’ Lets all use him as an example and it might just happen.

    He is being what I would call a true captain, staying positive and trying to lead the rest of the team on.

  • broon ale

    Nov 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    none of the players say anything positive about Joe Kinnear in terms of personal praise. Its always a case of, “he has steadied the ship and he swears alot”

    oh well! that must be good then!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Three things I like about this from EMO:
    1. Proper captain’s words. Quite right.
    2. Not the words of someone just about to leave.
    3. A really good dig at the management structure in there (the ‘reporting to one man’ thing).

    Good to read. 3 points on Sunday, please.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Off-subject, but important: Anyone who’s not already pledged some money to Mark Allison’s new (and quite unbelievably ambitious) charity exploits, please click here:

    and click on one or both of the JustGiving links on the bottom right.

    This guy is going to wear the black and white right across the USA and deserves all our support!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Just about any team can do anythin’ atm, we’re only 10 games in…It’s all about gettin’ a run goin’, which is possible…I won’t be holdin’ ma breath tho’…There’s a long way to go…
    …But anythin’ can happen!..

    …Just keep doin’ what ya’ doin Lads!..

    …Toon Toon!..

  • WesToon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Gotta agree with Michael here… BUT if we get injuries,its going to be a hell of a lot harder

    Ho’way The Lads 🙂

  • Barcode

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Have an ice-cold bath.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm.. I dont know many geordie’s who call themselves barcodes..

  • NUFutureCowboy

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    barcode…………..take ya face for a shite mate

  • The Corner

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Is this the same Michael Owen who has pledged his future to the team by signing a new contract?

    Words are easy Michael, follow them up with actions though eh?

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #16

    barcode haha…must be a new fan…idiot.

  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    forget europe, go for mid table

  • lee

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    well i think it makes a lot of sence what has said. i look at our team ( may be through black and white glasses) and i really do think that there is quality all the way through it……. what makes it better is duff is playing out of his skin at the minut jonas best buy in the prm this season from any team beye you know qhat your gona get from him,, colo and taylor dont look that bad together,,,,,, barton is playing really well,, and i think in his last season with man city he carried them….
    and if we can keep them fit owen and martins up front..

    guthry zog mobi harper not a bad start to a bench


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