European Place This Season Would Solve Some Problems


With the overall form of the Newcastle team this year (2011), we look to be a very decent side right now, and with any luck, and a good run-in to the end of the season, Newcastle  could finish fairly high up in the Premier League.

Kevin Nolan with Assistant manager John Carver

The Newcastle captain did his part in the fine 2-0 win on Tuesday night at Birmingham, to make it 5 points in the last 3 tough games, as the lads seem to be recovering from the shock on Andy Carroll leaving the Toon.

Certainly the lads were not at their best at Fulham, two days after Andy left,  and nowhere near their best in the first half against Arsenal the following Saturday, but after the famous Pardew blast at half time in that game, which could be heard in the opposing dressing room, they’ve looked back to their very best with 5 great halves of football.

And with some of Newcastle’s top players like Enrique and Tiote being eyed by top clubs, we’re sure Alan Pardew will try to (somehow) get Newcastle into Europe for next  season, and that will solve some problems and show Newcastle are on the rise.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is also hoping there will be some investment this summer in improving the squad:

“Everyone went on about Chris going and Andy being sold, but we know we’re a team with a tough mentality. There was no one player or man who was doing it – it was a team,”

“If we were going to do what we wanted, it was going to be a team effort. I think that’s what’s shown, and the fans were fantastic again. They’re starting to see that this team wants to do the best it can for Newcastle United.”

“Hopefully, with a bit of investment, we can seriously start pushing up the table to where this city and these fans belong, which is the European places.”

So the dream end to this season would be with all the players coming back,  we can indeed put a decent winning streak together,  and even end up say in the top 7, and somehow qualify for a European position.

That’s what Alan will try to do, but whether he can do it is an open question, and it certainly will not be easy, but with 6 home games left, we have to think we can get some points from those games, with 52,000 screaming Geordies behind the team.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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26 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Europe to solve problems? I think I would prefer us to be a bit more +ve than that! Europe? Fanbloodytansic – a dream – back where we belong with europe’s best – heaven!
    HWTL

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    we can if we consistent…If Pardew can make us consistent, i reckon he be our legend,

    we beat some good club but lose to lower club..

    and i love some of Pardew tactic and sub..

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  • CheickTiote

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    If we can get up to the 60 point mark then we’ll have done fantastically. Next season, if we keep the same squad and add some players especially strikers we will be title contenders not European maybes?

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    so far this season weve averaged about 1.3 points a game to get into europe i rekon we need to up that to about 1.75 u would usualy meed about 52 to 56 to get that spot its doable but we need the rest of the boys back fast.

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    I would say we should still be aiming at top 10 however a place in top 7 would help us keep players like Jose and Tiote…as for jose comments i dont think he wants to go but thats just for negotiating a better deal with the club 🙂

    Heres hoping

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  • BournemouthGeordie

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew’s Prem Record for Newcastle United so far.

    Played 11 Won 4 Drew 4 Lost 3 Scored 18 Conceded 13 Total Points 16

    Lost
    Man City at Home
    Tottenham Away
    Fulham Away

    I dont think he has done a bad job so far, if you think we should of held on against Scum and Spurs and should of beat Blackburn so you think we should of had another 6 points there.

    Could of looked like
    Played 11 won 7 Drew 1 Lost 3 Points 22

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  • jackdnufc

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    It is far, far too soon to consider Europe. There is certainly a chance of it, yes, but considering at the start of the season many of us would have settled for 17th place there is only one inevitability about thinking we can reach the Europa League: disappointment and frustration.

    As for next season there is no point at all thinking we could possibly title contenders! It is this thinking that leads to the reactionary and ridiculous disillusionment of many fans. One step at a time, man! If we’re lucky and invest in the right players then we can start to think about 6th place next season. As far as I’m concerned we are doing fantastic just where we are, and although the lads can produce some great results, the teams above us are equally capable obviously. Realism is a necessary requirement in football.

    As for the Jose article from a couple back, I have no regard for The Mail whatsoever, and they are banned from St. James so I have little trust for them. However, if Jose has said what he is quoted as saying he is mistaken about Villa being a bigger team at least. Either way, he has done a superb job at this club and I know he will always hold us in high regard. If he wants to further his career I for one will hold no resentment and will wish him the very best of luck. Personally I think it may be an attempt like Joey and Kevin to get the owner to invest in the summer.

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  • tdt

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Is it the 7th spot that is Europa league if one of the top 4 finishing teams win a domestic cup? what happens if 2 top 4 teams win both domestic cups – say arsenal and manu? Does that mean 8th place is europa too?

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  • tdt

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    If we get into europa league I think we will defo hold onto our top players, but hopefully we will anyway regardless, like Enrique quotes are hopefully just him trying to get a better deal from newcastle as possible, like rooney did earlier in the season.

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    bournmouth geordie ur last paragraph pl 11 w 7 drew 1 lost 3 if we could do that for the last 11 games wed have 57 points i think only twice or three times in 11 yrs has that not been good enough to take 7th im already looking forward to a trip to see one of the big citys in europe (only kidding) would be nice but not to say we dont deserve it and then ash would have to spend.

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  • Matt

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Europe would literally destroy our team and take us back so far in our development as a club.

    We’ve had a chance to make a fresh start, build slowly and create a sustainable chance for success. Pushing for Europe now will only lead to over inflated panic buys in the summer for massive wages. We should be happy in mid table this year and possibly go for it next year with some sensible squad improvements.

    Don’t run before you can walk.

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  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #12

    The daily mail talk utter shite, in terms of Enrique of course he wants to be in Europe etc but Champions League football? He knew at the beginning of the Season it was pretty much impossible for us to get into the top 4 positions so surely would have left then…he know we are on the up and I’m sure he waiting till the summer to see what investment is put in to the team so he knows what direction we are going next season. IMO he will sign a new contract in August.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    This all seems very strange to me. Players coming out and saying we need this and that, players putting contract talks on hold. This is players banging at Ashley’s door. I even think Enrique may have had some media training from the likes of Barton and Nolan. Wonder if Pardew is behind it.

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  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #14

    ive been saying id love to play for all these clubs for years how come noone listens to me ha ha ha what happened to the media ban mike had on his players wewill never catch up if we sell players while they are still young we need to be getting the best years out of them b4 we shift them on.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Unless you’re Blackpool, Premier League players expect Premier League wages. Who can blame Jose if he is an ambitious individual who wants to achieve things in his time as a top player?

    The ball is firmly moving back into FCB’s court and it will be very telling how he deals with it. Every transfer window since he has had control, he has made a “profit” on transfer money gained against transfer money spent!! When we went down, it was barely understandable, but the core players we had left, did the business.

    If he truly wants the club to be successful, how he invests in the next 4-5 months is critical. Players like Jose, Tiote need to be given long term deals tying them to the club – this is going to increase the wage bill undoubtedly!!

    If he has any vision of us competing for European places on a regular basis he will have to invest the full £35 mill from Carroll plus some of the TV and gate receipts. To improve the quality of what we have isn’t going to be cheap!! A proven striker is going to cost a tidy sum, even the Ipswich youngster we are linked to is touted at £10 mill+ for a 17 year old – if he is the next Shearer, its a hell of a bargain, if he’s not, its risky money!!

    We could be in for a very interesting time at the toon, but then again, FCB is not averse to making incomprehensible decisions – he is just as likely to sell Tiote, Barton, Jose at tidy profits and leave it to the kids to keep us going next year!!!

    Watch the news!!

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  • Widowmaker

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Matt @ 11

    That’s exactly what MA is thinking, and I suppose it is a very sensible. He thinks he is not wealthy enough to challenge the likes of Abramovic and he is just working hard to make sure he will be.

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  • PK-Norway

    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    we will make it to the europe.We will spend the 35 mill and buy smart.Barton,Enrique ,Nolan and Pardew wants us to become a top club,and by saying this and that to media they are hoping that Ashly get their points. If ashly doesnt spend the money we have then i will admit he is here because of the money and without no ambitions.

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #18

    i’d say i can see us finishing 8th or 9th.
    for the sake of keeping our players they should look at the fact we have tried and if we miss out by a couple of pionts it wont look so bad. europe is where we belong. if we did finish 7th this season i’d probably cum a whole through my pants hahah 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 17, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Very premature after just 1 win in the last 6 games!! Come on people back down to reality again. Graeme has it right, we should watch Ashley this summer closely to see what our real chances of building a contender for Europe are! If the asset stripping starts again ie. sell Jose and Tiote and spend a few million for younger, cheaper, less skilled replacements we will know again what this owner has in mind. I for one just don’t believe he will ever spend the kind of money it will take to get us into the top 6 or 7 teams in the Prem. I would love to be proven wrong though! All the best.

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  • boing123

    Feb 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    I hate to mention that name again, but AC is still here and fit (which he wouldn’t have been anyway), I would have been quite confident of us finishing above Sunderland and Bolton, and claiming that 7th place.

    As things stand now, the key factor would be whether Best and Lovenkrands can continue putting the ball into the net. As we saw in the last 2 games, this will be the difference between 3 points and 1 point.

    Another thing is that we absolutely need to beat Bolton at home next weekend. If we do so, team morale and confidence would be tremendously raised, and I think we’ll be in the driving seat for 7th!

    HWTL

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  • mgermino

    Feb 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #21

    IF we were to get a spot in europe this season, then won’t MA be less likely to invest heavily? Wont he get complacent and say that since we got into europe with all budget buys, he wont have to splash the cash to get there again?
    idk, just a theory

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if Enrique wants to be on a Championship team due to lack of confidence that he cannot carry NUFC on his shoulders, or that this year’s results have been “smoke and mirrors” to him or that he feels NUFC will sell until on solid financial ground (which may be 3-4 years away, and past Enriques prime)?

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  • Sav

    Feb 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashley won’t make a profit on Enrique as he only has another year so the 6 million paid out for him is as much as he will fetch. And his replacement could cost the same or more.
    But anyone hoping this is good ol’ Jose’s way of making sure Ashley spends is living in cuckoo-land. I don’t like to hear well-paid players coming out with this sort of coy guff but at least he should stow it until the summer. Its insulting to team-mates, manager and most importantly, the fans.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordie two @ #19 Re asset stripping I am going to be a little insulting here but sometimes it needs that to show a point.

    When you use the term asset stripping without actually having a decent grasp of the meaning behind it all you are exhibiting is that you are thinking with the head between your legs and it is a very small underdeveloped one so stop using it to dictate your typing and start to us the one on your shoulders.

    So you watched the film wall street an now you are a business expert.

    NUFC is not worth more as individual pieces than it is as a club so your “asset stripping” would be a negative venture.

    MA has spent around 300 mil and has been topping off a wage bill that has far outstripped the income of the club, he had given the club over 100 mil in unsecured loans so please do explain where he is asset stripping,,,,,,,,

    If I were MA I too would have sold Carroll for 35 mil, half a season in the prem does not make a 35 mil player, he may go on to be a top prem striker on the other hand he could go on to repeat the fall off another bar stool/night club brawling/general trouble magnet as so many talented but troubled players before him have gone on to be, then what would he be worth???????

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  • solano

    Feb 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Cuppiddstunt…..or is it errrh..Gordon Gekko? Ashley spent £300m? Are you sure? It was reported at the time he paid around £120m and after not doing his homework, he found he had inherited a further debt of between £80 and £100m….this has only “technically” been paid off by a re-financing deal in the shape of a loan from one of his other holding companies….he still wants this money back!!
    If we put this “loan” aside…we are looking at a club which was valued at around £120m 4 years ago………..7 consecutive transfer windows of considerable net profit since + tv revenue + several million from parachute payments coupled with the dramatic cuts in staff and wages and Mike’s generosity isn’t looking so good…..and then the departure of AC for £35m…..1 PLAYER VALUED AT 25% OF THE MONEY HE ACTUALLY PAID FOR THE WHOLE CLUB!! With Tiote and Enrique money to come it seems like the individual parts may actually add up to more than the club..ie asset stripping……I think you may owe GeordieTwo an apology for your patronising and rude attack..You Stupid *unt!

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  • solano

    Feb 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh…and another thing DIC SPUD NUT… wages have never outstripped the club’s income…….although granted (like all other clubs) it does take up a high proportion of turnover it has undoubtedly been reduced under Ashley…which if, like many on this site, you get turned on more by balance sheets than by how your team actually performs on the pitch, you should be simply orgasmic!

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