Champions League Qualification – It Will Be Very Tough

You only have to look at the struggles going on at the top of the English Premier League this season, to realize getting into that top four is a lot more difficult than it used to be.

John Carver with Bobby Robson

With the coming of Manchester City and their new owners, the Al-Nahyan family, giving out over £400M for new players since September of 2008,  and Chelsea’s millions with Roman Abramovich, it will be very difficult for Newcastle United to overcome these clubs.

The Football Fair Play Rules start coming into effect next season, and are supposed to level the playing field, so to speak, but we’ll soon find out how the big spending clubs wiggle around the rules – which we expect them to do – somehow.

There’s no doubt if Newcastle can keep their best players and bring in some top players in the summer, the Magpies should have a top-half of the table side next season, but that’s a long way from being in the top four in the Premier League – a very long way.

But Shola Ameobi, who played for Bobby Robson when Newcastle were last in the Champions League, thinks it’s possible.

Talking to the local Newcastle press corps, the former England U21 international said this:

“There’s no better feeling then hearing the Champions League music and lining up in a black and white shirt – why not strive for the top? As a player you want to play in the biggest competitions.”

“Playing top teams in Europe is something you cherish. Being a young lad at the time I took it for granted that we would be in it every year after that, which you just can’t do. But you can strive to get back to it and strive to be better as a player and a club.”

“If you aren’t striving to get back to the top then why are you here? As hard as it might be, we have to think positive, and one day in the not too distant future we can get back.”

And the jury is still out on Alan Pardew, and we just don’t know if he’s good enough to take Newcastle into the top four in the Premier League in the next few seasons, and certainly he’s never done anything near that in his management career so far.

Probably the best Newcastle fans can hope for in the next few seasons is getting into the Europa Cup, because after all, Birmingham made that this season by winning the Carling Cup.

But Birmingham are hardly one of the best seven teams in England at the moment, so one way into the Europa Cup next season is to field our top side in the Carling Cup games, which is not what Chris Hughton did this season.

But we shouldn’t hold out breath on qualifying for the Champions League anytime soon, unless Newcastle make four or five top signings in the summer, and can keep the good players they already have at the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • toonarmy1986

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    I actually think the gap to the top 4 is closer than it has been for a while. In all honesty the standard overall has dropped big time in the premier league and certainly isn’t the league it is made out to be!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Well we’re going to need a better quality striker other than Ameobi if we want to finish there, harsh but true…

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    SPURS WERE almost relegated 2 years ago and now they played in champions league we got relegated now we will win champions league

  • greg

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes… with Ameobi we can play Championship League surely

  • ganiyu

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    New set of strikers and a wingers……we dont conceed too much as we dont score too much


    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Give us 2 years of well placed investment and youth development and its possible. Spurs did it. Newcastle is still a bigger draw now than Spurs were then.

    Europa League next year through table or cup runs. Then target a Champions League place year after

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Diffucult? It’s nigh on impossible unless we spend £150m at least on the team and pay daft wages. I can’t see this happening, though I do think we have a chance of the Europa Cup in the next couple of years.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry meant Difficult?


    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Financial fair play rules come in very soon, clubs over the top spending may well come to a end. (I say may as no one really knows just what these rules will do but in theory will work in our favour)

  • geoff777

    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Good to see Llambias hasn’t “managed” all our fans expectations down to finishing 10th in the league.

    If we can’t dream of “glory days” to come, what’s the point in being a fan?


    Airey & Ranger both to score hatricks in the 2016 CL final ….

  • RichK

    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    It really depends how much money we’re (Mike Ashley) is prepared to spend. If as suggested the £35m is put back into the club then I believe we can get 5 or 6 top players for that especially with the scouting work of Graham Carr. We’re not that short of a top 6/7 side in terms of our current best 11, I’d sign Ireland and then in addition we need a CB to play with Colo, a RM and 2 Strikers to solidify chances of a top 6/7 finish next season. In addition to that I think we need 2 or 3 ‘squad’ players to give us more depth for when Tiote, Nolan and Barton are suspended for half the season 😛

    I’m quite looking forward to next season, I hope I’m not too disappointed with our summer business but no doubt I will be as all us fans are every year!

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 27, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Wait a minute. I wrote this yesterday:

    GeordieGerman // Apr 26, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    colwell, just got in from late shift and I’m knackered so I may be writing crap here. But I don’t see why we can’t get into the highest level in Europe in a season or two. OK, Ashley has to come good this summer (?) We’ll also have to have enough depth to do a decent run in the League and FA cups (just incase we can’t get to Europe through merit. The season after that if we want to try for the Champions league, then it’s a couple of more decent signings Europe will help and maybe (very likely) a new manager. Ok…

    … I’m a deluded Geordie.

    And this was a reply I got:

    ochytoon // Apr 26, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Maybe you would fit in with the Geordie Shore crew

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I sound like a broken record saying this, but another left back (2 if Enrique does leave), 2 wingers (1 left, 1 right), and at least 2 strikers are needed to get anywhere near the top 6. Another creative central midfielder would be nice (Other than Ireland (on loan) and Ben Arfa (Pardew’s already said he’ll be playing as a withdrawn striker),Guthrie’s about as close as we’re going to get…)

  • veto

    Apr 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #14

    for a club our size with the support we have the CL should always be the target were aiming for .


    Apr 27, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…CL under Ashley????????? Eeeeee Dear Me!!!


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