Let’s Not Get Carried Away With Talk About Europe


Mike Williamson has been one of Newcastle’s best signings, and it’s still hard to believe that a player of his undoubted ability, was acquired from Portsmouth for just £1M.

Mike Williamson – great signing for Newcastle

Mike is one of those players most clubs are after, a player playing in the lower leagues, who has the necessary class to make it in the Premier League.

And although Mike seemed to lose his place when Steven Taylor was fit again last month,  Williamson has come back in and formed a tremendous partnership with Fab Coloccini, and in the process has shown Pardew just what he can do at Newcastle.

And since the lads are fairly well positioned right now, we’ve seen all the comments about pressing to be in Europe for next season, but first things first, and we cannot get too carried away like we did in the past.

That relegation season has brought some Newcastle fans down to earth, and we have to build back slowly and surely to greatness.

And so far this season, the lads have done everything expected of them, and have done great, quite honestly.

But the goal this season is to stay in the Premier League and if we can get past the 42 points total, then maybe it’s then we can see if we can push for a European position.

But right now, as Alan Pardew always says, the most important things is the next game – and that’s at Fulham on Wednesday night,   and the goal has to be all 3 points.

This is what the 27 year old Williamson told the local Sunday Sun today:

“Europe? Anyone talking about that is getting carried away, if I’m being honest,” “I can honestly say that European football has never been mentioned in the dressing room.”

“Not one bit – none of us are speaking about it. You’d have to be barmy to be fantasizing about it in our position and I think that message would be delivered pretty quickly to anyone who started talking about it.”

“Come April or May it might be a discussion we’re having if we’re in and about those qualification places with a couple of games to go, but the lads have been in the game long enough to know what our priority is this season.”

“We’re eight points above the drop zone – the same away from Europe – so our season really is in the balance.” “It is not a lack of ambition on our part. It is just common sense,”

“You start talking Europe and you take your eye off the ball, the experienced lads in the dressing room know that from experience.” “I think any of that kind of talk would be nipped in the bud very quickly.”

“There are wise heads in our dressing room and until we are mathematically secure in this division, we can’t be talking about the top six.” “The focus has to be on Fulham and getting ourselves established first. To be honest we’re just focusing on the next game, which is a massive one.”

“We need to keep up the run and not let anyone knock us off track.” “If we’re caught day-dreaming at Fulham we’ll be in trouble because it’s a tight little ground and they make it difficult for you.”

Good words from Mike there, and that’s only one reason we are so pleased he’s at the Newcastle club.

Mike seems so sensible and straight, and of course he always gives 100% for Newcastle, and he often talks about his move to Tyneside being a dream come true.

We now have players at Newcastle who are proud to wear the famous black and white shirt of  the club, and if the powers that be can get say three or four more top players in this summer, then we can certainly think about making a push into Europe next season.

But,as Mike says, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

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10 comments so far

  • Mac

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Ireland imust admit i am fairly happy with that

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  • transfer tony

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Ireland medical! very good signing and if we get him back on top form could be an amazing half time sub or even a starter.

    see robbie keane is having a medical at west ham… bless him.

    Another today?

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  • connor_nufc

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Y wud u be happy hes rubbish

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  • mashearer

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    heard rumors on twitter that given could be on the way to lfc??i thought he left us to win trophies

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  • mashearer

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    lcfc..leicester

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    not a fan of ireland hes lost his mojo. Pardew will have to do something extraoridary to get him back to how he played a couple of seasons ago

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  • bill

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    I see that the fat man has been using smoke and mirrors on the Tyne again. Apparently the offer of £25M from Spurs for Andy Carroll is purely a publicity stunt to gain fan approval for turning it down .

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Ireland is class…what all the sceptics need to realise is that the system at Villa doesnt suit his game at all. You dont become a bad player in half a season, he was brilliant for Man City. Judge on performance at the toon, not villa.

    Who else is coming, I hope we get a suprise signing…Love the idea of Mcgeedy but doubt it will happen.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I thinkw e shoud get carried away Ed. Aim for the stars and we may just get there. Settle for mediocrity and tomorrow may never come.

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