Europe Beckons For Newcastle – But Not Too Soon

Fabricio Coloccini played in the European Champions League when he was at Villarreal, on loan from Milan, in the 2003-2004 season.

Fab Coloccini – more interested in building up Newcastle squad

But surprisingly Colo is not keen for Newcastle to get back there too soon, and of course the last time Newcastle United took part in Europe’s top competition was back in the 2003-2004 season under Sir Bobby Robson.

Coloccini would rather Newcastle keep building up the squad as the club have done so successfully over the last couple of seasons.

This is what the Newcastle captain said today:

“I don’t know about Europe next year. It is too early to talk about Europe – we need to keep going and keep working and then we will see,” 

“First of all we have to build the foundations at this club.”  “I would prefer to leave the Europa League for the year after next – not next year.”

“I think we need to build a good team, a good squad – that is the biggest priority for us.”  “If we qualify but we do not have the right squad, it could be one year in Europe and then back to where we were before.”

“If we do it right then we could qualify every year.”  “I would like us to enjoy every season – not just have one season, and then players leave the club.”

That’s a good attitude by Colo and he’s right of course, the main thing is to keep keep building up the squad, the facilities and last but not least, the Newcastle Academy.

That’s exactly what Newcastle have been doing under manager Alan Pardew, and it now seems that Alan can indeed be the man to take Newcastle back into Europe, at some level.

But whether we can ever get back to finish in the top four, as we did twice under Sir Bobby,  is another question.

But we’ll not look too far ahead, and of course the most important thing right now is for our players to return from International duty uninjured, and then prepare for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur a week tomorrow.

All that matters right now is that Newcastle somehow win that game, and that will give us 18 points from the first 8 league games.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    The mans spot on me thinks.
    Anyone have any info on the scoreline for the u-18s?
    They started playing against Barnsely at 12.00.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Isn’t it the Entertainers game today?

  • alkinou

    Oct 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3
  • GeordieCoaster

    Oct 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Tomorrow niffnoff


    Oct 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    As i sayd last night cabaye is fine n ready for spurs .

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 8, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Is the entertainers game on tv?

  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    just as well u have such a close relationship with cabaye jamsha u put us all at ease there – tool

  • Thump

    Oct 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    @Scottishtoon: ‘Fraid not mate.

  • Thump

    Oct 8, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #9

    re: Cabaye’s injury, if he will miss the game against Spurs, we have HBA who can be deployed in his place.

    Simmo, Saylor, Colo, Raylor
    ————–Best, Ba

    Or we could go 4-4-1-1 with Guthrie slotting into the midfield and maybe dropping Best for Ba.

  • Thump

    Oct 8, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    In for a hat trick here ;D

    If he is carrying a knock then we should actually hope that he’s deemed unfit to play and is sent back to Toon – France have another game on Tuesday, don’t they?

  • joe

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Dont know bout that @THump.

    To cover for HBA, obertan and jonas will have to play much more centrally, and that negates their threats down the flank. Plus, Bale and Lennon would have a field day against a diamond midfield!

  • liam85

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    If anyone wants to watch the Newcastle V Blackburn game streamed online then goto:

    I will upload the Wolves game asap 🙂

  • Thump

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    @joe: Jonas wouldn’t have a problem cutting in and Ober… well, he can keep doing whatever it is he does.

    You’re right about the threats of Bale and Lennon though – that’s why I suggested 4-4-1-1 😉

  • Thump

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    @liam: Good shout mate but for the love of God get rid of the WMP video player! Miro is pretty awesome if you’re interested.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Without the work rate and class of Tiote and Canaye, I cant see us playing 4-4-2. Its an easy way of including Ben Arfa as well with one up front. I think hel go with Guthrie as the replacement midfielder although it would throw down a challenge for Gosling if he went with him. Good in pre-season and on recent reserves but poor in cup game.

    Dunno what he’ll do really, just can’t see 442.

  • joe

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16


    My point was that HBA likes to play behind the striker, hence he will be much higher up the pitch than Cabaye usually would. We absolutely cant leave Tiote the only one in central midfield, hence Obertan and Jonas will have to play much more centrally to begin with. And you’re right i think possession will be vital against tottenham, so going 4411 is probably the right way.

  • BigKirky

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Grrrrrr * Cabaye *

  • phillyg

    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    I believe that spurs are definately beatable, the key is to stop them in the wings so that supply to Adebayor non-existent. I’m confident that Saylor and Colocini can easily handle him anyway but if we force Tot’s possession into the middle of the park then Cabaye (if fit) and Tiote can easily boss the middle of the park allowing us to dominate their attacks. My formation would be
    guiterez(right side),tiote,cabaye,Marvuex
    With ba and best being in such good form would like to good balls coming in and having marveux’s quality on left and guiterez crossing with his prefered foot on right plus he can help simpson with Bale. Ben arfa could come on in second half as a match turner giving that bit of class to get a goal.


    Oct 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Dublin dnt u know m cabaye’s bro in law

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I want Europe asap.

  • Dondatta13

    Oct 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #21

    If we dont make Europe we will have to wave goodbye to key players…. AP has said this in many previous interviews…

    Too soon for Europe, nah…

  • PapaToon

    Oct 9, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #22

    A top 6 finish should be a realistic after our start. consider last season if we had won our last game we would have finished 8 or 9th.
    Midfield we have options if cabaye doesnt play, HBA Dan Gosling.
    there is also vuckic but lack of match time will go agaisnt him.
    Its a home game against TOT why dont we play to our strength and play 4-3-3. we have plenty of wide men.




    off the bench you still have marvuex, Sami Ameobi, Santon, vukic, Gosling.


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