European Competition A Must For Newcastle


A wake-up call is being issued by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew today, that unless Newcastle get back into European competition soon, they will continue to lose their best players.

Alan Pardew – European competition a must to keep best players

Jose Enrique is an ambitious player, and will leave Newcastle the summer if a suitable bid is received from a club playing  in Europe next season.

And Alan Pardew has talked today about Jose’s situation, and even says he doesn’t blame Enrique for looking for European competition with some other club.

But that hasn’t stopped Newcastle from offering the Spanish U21 International a new five year bumper contract to stay on Tyneside, but it seems that Jose will still leave if a suitable offer is made from a top club, and matches Newcastle’s valuation of the player.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Newcastle local press today:

“We have got to become more competitive as a football club so players like José don’t want to leave. He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him.”

“That is his right and there isn’t much more we can do about it.” “We have tried as hard as we can, in the financial situation we are in, to keep him. We offered him an excellent deal, but he doesn’t seem to be interested in signing it at the moment.”

“It is frustrating – but that is the situation we are in.” “It is up to him, but he wants to see what else there is for him.”

“It is extremely hard to keep hold of your best players without that status.” “In the next two or three years we have to get back into that sort of position and then we can keep the best players and attract even better ones.”

“That is the challenge we have ahead of us. I don’t want to be in a position as manager where this keeps happening year after year – so we have to progress, and we have to improve.”

Newcastle seem to be getting the business done in the transfer market, slowly but surely,  with  a bid being launched for Turkish striker Mevlüt Erdinç, and free agent Demba Ba is likely to arrive as a free agent soon, with terms already said to have been agreed with the player.

But if Newcastle lose some of their best players,  like Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton this summer, we wonder if the squad will be any better than last season?

Comments welcome.



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198 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Welcome home Ed and hope all went well. I take it you are home, as the posts are coming thick and fast again and the use of the “royal we” where as Neil uses I.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    dont say it… DONT Say 1st…. cant stop myself!!! the temptation!!! its… its too strong… Im sorry!

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Personally european/Cl football wouldnt bother me if we got it or not… as long as we play good football in the EPL. Im happy.

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Spend all the money taken for the Andy Carroll transfer then for a start.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Thanks GeordieGerman. Now i look like a right fool.

    Now where did i put that Dunce hat….

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Ref the article:
    Enrique could just be simply sitting on his hand to see who is brought in. If Ashley is showing any signs of ambition.

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  • gorgonzola

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    HHAHAHAHHAH FIRST 😀 AHHAHAH!!!

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  • Darryl

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s near your dunce wardrobe rull of the rest of your dunce clothes.

    😀

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  • gorgonzola

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    In reply to Alan well dude thats YOUR JOB to get these boys to european competition…. problem is we dont have a stellar record either in european football….

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Nufc_mo, that’s why I don’t do it any more. It makes you look like a right prat when your not first.

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol Nufc_mo

    Guess Jose hanging on like the rest of us to see who might come in before he signs. Probably doing the club a favour by doing so in a way as might force them to spend rather than ‘make do’ and bank the balance after some meagre spending.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    If he does’nt spend and we play crap trust me there will be protests an personally i will shoot MA on the head…

    I just dont want to withness that again newcastle streets flooded with people protesting hope we move on and spend.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    @Darryl.
    Ah thanks!. Found it!…. Off to the corner of the room….

    @GeordieGerman
    I fear the embarrasment may traumatize me for the rest of my life…

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  • gorgonzola

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Enrique wants to leave so be it…. he is not the only one that can play….but to be honest his image is Newcastle… it will be daft to join Scumpool.

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  • Ollieh51

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Cardboy –

    Agreed, he’s doing us a favour if nothing else.

    We still need a back up LB, so buying one won’t scare him.

    If we don’t buy, he will say bye, bye and so will so many others who are now playing Ashley like he has played them.

    So…

    We qualify for Europe, get some more players in and a whole load of money.

    Who’d have Carroll back?!

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Taken from newcastlerumours.com

    15 Jun 2011 10:02:39
    Just seen Demba Ba leaving Newcastle Training Ground in Benton. Got into a Black Range Rover.

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  • P.I.

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    @gorgonzola

    I think if he was going to join Scummerpool he would have done it already. Theyre not in Champions league either so what would be his motivation? They cant/havent offered him the deal we have either.
    He’s waiting to see if Milan/Lyon/Barcalona/etc table a bid for him.
    He’s got 70 days or so to see what happens…

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  • the holy grail

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    More news i heard is we have 3 bids in for strikers and we are waiting to see what their terms are before signing them

    ipswich and derby county have made enpueries about nile ranger but he is playing hard ball with his long contract

    gutieres agent has been 2 spain and italy to gain intrest as he wants to leave

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  • Eastander

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    If he wants european football lets sell him to fulham because they’re a bigger club because they’re in europe and all that! or birmingham! Because after all europes everything to him… i’m sick of enrique now, get rid!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Unless we bring in two forwards who can take their chances and kill games off
    we have no chance of getting into Europe. We do not have that cutting edge up front – other than that we are quite strong and it bodes well for the future. The forwards we are linked with presently are not good enough but then we are not a big enough draw for the top players – thats the simple fact.
    Keep the Faith

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Stuart,
    It will be interesting to see if BA passes a medical as he failed at Stoke in Jan.
    They said his knee was a disaster waiting to happen!
    Fingers crossed Eh!

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Thats the thing Benton, it’ll be a weird situation because he’s probably going to fail the medical yet still be signed.

    I think its very risky signing him like, quality player but a ticking timebomb with his knee.

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  • Mags

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Holy Grail – not surprised about Ranger sitting on his new deal

    Jonas wanting out is concerning.

    All this unrest with our current players stems from AC sale.

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    @Mags, where has it been said Jonas wants out?

    I’d hate to lose Jonas like, good direct player creates alot of space for us to work in dragging players out of position.

    Stick him on the right and he’d even be able to cross aswell!

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  • The_Toon

    Jun 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Any signs of a back up for Tiote? an 18-19 year old that can learn from him should be a great signing .. we struggled last season when Tiote was suspended.

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  • foggonridiculous

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Good to see you back Ed.

    On a separate note, I’m feeling relaxed about the Scum bidding for Gardner – ties up some of their time and cash whilst we try and land (inevitably) better personnel

    HWTL

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  • alex84

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    whats actually wrong with Ba’s knee?

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Hes got a degenerative knee problem alex, basically means his knee is progressively getting weaker making him more susceptible to injury.

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  • Mags

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Stuart @ 23 – just commenting back on Holy Grail’s post @ 17

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed good to see you back hope you’re okay. Pretty obvious if we don’t make Europe good players leave & others won’t come. That is why we have to have a great youth set up and scouting set up. Get them you build them in to very good players if we are successful they stay if not we sell at a big profit. No brainer really

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Ah sour! I glanced at that comment and thought it said Enrique!

    Really hope theres no truth in that like.

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Where oh where oh where is toonruz???

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    Meant get them young

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  • the holy grail

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    mags :-
    rangers attitude will prevent him blossoming into a premier league player so dont mind getting rid although i belive he will be a hit in the championship if playing every week BUT he is on a long contract and he doesnt have to move.

    As for jonas him, collo and enrique are a click at nufc and has been noted many times and they are very much a unit and with enrique off if champions league team comes in leaves jonas wanting to leave. I havnt heard anything comming form colllo’s side if he 2 wants to go.

    My friend who is an agent has told by brother that nufc have been asked to keep informed on vladmir wisse’s situation with a view to a loan-then-buy!!

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Mags,
    I also heard the Jonas rumour, he has rumoured to have asked his agent to find him a club in Spain. He is upset with the treatment of Enrique, Barton and Nolan.
    Mind this is all agent speak!

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  • alex84

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    cheers stuart…doesnt sound great, But if we can get a good season or 2 from him, he is a handful and with ben arfa and cabaye supplying him he will be a good signing.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    WHERE OH WHERE IS CWAAAAARRRR WAN*ER

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  • Stuart

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38

    I dont understand this colo, bull, jonas thing. I mean, if Jose leaves why would they want to go aswell? A team isnt going to buy all three of them to keep the click together.

    Plus I dont think anyone else would match Colo’s £70k a week like.

    As for Vlad Weiss, I’d love it if we brought him here, young, small, quick and tricky, definately going to be a star in the future.

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  • Eastander

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #39

    I dont really rate jonas anyways, he’s good at getting forward and then he either stops because he cant cross with his left foot and when it does its easily cleared and were on the back foot again!

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  • Mark

    Jun 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    Krul

    Simpson—Saylor—Colo—Naylor

    ————Tiote—Martin————-

    —————-Cabaye—————–

    Ben Arfa—–Erdinc—-N’Zogbia—

    Based on rumours and speculation, this is probably going to be our best team next season, which isnt too bad. Would love to see Cenk Tosun upfront though! Such a good young prospect.

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