Newcastle Prepare To Play The Best In Europe

Newcastle have won seven and drawn four in their first eleven games in Europe.

Alan Pardew – so far so very good

And next up for the side is Manchester City who have spent more than half a billion pounds on assembling their team over the last three years – and it’s probably the best team money can buy.

I often wonder what happened to to one of the best Youth Academies in England when one expensive player after another have been brought in to build the side into what the owners want to see – a European Champions winner – and as quickly as possible.

You cannot accuse the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley of wild spending in the transfer market.

But the astute business man has a vision for how to build up a good side, and his plan is to invest in Youth and Newcastle’s scouting network, so the club can keep developing their top youngsters and finding bargains like Yohan Cabate and Cheick Tiote in the transfer market, who together cost only £8M for the club.

It’s turning out to be a wise strategy after a few disasters along the way,  since Mike bought the club back in th summer of 2007.

One of them was relegation just over two years ago, but since then Newcastle have come surging back to the big time and now in a couple of weeks they will get a chance to see how good they are against three of the top sides in England and Europe.

Man City, Man United and Chelsea are next up in that order, with only the last one being played at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew, who is enjoying his best run ever in managetment at the highest level, was certainly energized at the end of Newcastle gutsy 2-1 win against Everton on Saturday.

He was seen roaring at the referee that time was up and pointing at his watch – when there were still 30 seconds  to go in added time.

And at the end of the game after shaking the hand of David Moyes, he left for the dressing room, but not before he punched his fist in the air to the Newcastle fans as he disappeared down the tunnel.

And a good Saturday night were had by all, or at least that’s what they were told on Sunday morning. 😀

Alan seems like he cannot wait to test his new Newcastle side against the big boys:

“All I do know is that if you are going to go somewhere to like that, you want to be in the mood we are in. Whatever I put in front of them, they think they are going to win. That inner belief is very, very important.

“After Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City might be second or third in that group of the best in Europe. We are going to the best in Europe in the next two games and we couldn’t be better-placed to do it.”

It’s probably a good time to meet Man United and Chelsea, since their confidence isn’t sky high at the moment,  but Man City look a terrific side, and our Newcastle lads will be hard pressed to take anything out of the game.

Newcastle and Man City are the only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League too – so it could be called the clash of the Titans, but it won’t be.

But Newcastle have surprised us big time this season, and we are very willing to have that happen again in the next three games.

If we can get three points out of the three games,  it will keep us up there in the top five as we are currently a good 6 points above Liverpool in 6th place.

And if Alan Pardew can keep up his fantastic work at the club, he will soon be elevated to a status not often seen at Newcastle with their managers, but where Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson are currently held.

The Londoner knows that, and seems to be working his socks off the bring success to Newcastle United.

And so far so very good!

14 comments so far

  • gandeyb

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I need help, coming up from Brighton to see relatives in Durham first weekend of Dec. Been a toon fan for 15 years and never been to a home game, want to get 3 tickets for the chelsea game.
    Created a profile on the nufc website but when I log in it says that there are no tickets left for me even though I can see that there are various seats around the stadium.
    Anyone know why this is? or how I can get tickets.
    Gutted but had a bad feeling a couple of weeks ago when the season ticket offer was announced that I wouldn’t get any.

  • nightfa11

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    i want 4 points! correction, 5! =) it is possible//will be tough without cabaye, but its possible..ferguson lost his courage in the last few matches.. man utd started to defend cos fergie wants to play it safe//his lineups are shocking..rios terrible..2 seasons past it so..lets beat them:D city are in great form..dzekos probably the best striker at the moment in epl & as for just waiting for VB to get sacked..perhaps he will be even before we play them.

  • shear-class

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    gandeyb- when did you try i think they may b on general sale from today

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Roberto Mancini wears a blue mankini to complement his blue scarf. Thats all i really know about the man.

  • GarageFlower

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    David Moyes was calling Alan Pardew a tit just seconds before the final whistle went then walked up to him and shook his hand without any shame.

  • geoff777

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m hoping we’ll beat at least one of them.

    QPR did well against Citeeh.
    Scum should have got a draw against Manure.
    Blackburn should have drawn or beaten Chelsea, Rover’s finishing was shocking.

    Why shouldn’t we go there with confidence?
    We could cause a real upset.


  • AndyMac

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    “Newcastle Prepare To Play The Best In Europe” I didnt see Barca on the fixture list when it came out ?

    How’s it going Ed ? Keep on keeping on as they say !

  • magpiebop

    Nov 7, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    I want 9 out of 9 in them games! To talk any other way makes us sound like looser makems so keep the faith.

  • hdavid23

    Nov 7, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    just one thing: if we beat Shity, then both MU and Chelsea will play in brown pants, coz they’re gonna be scared as hell and shit their pants. then we have a great chance to get all 9 points against them, and tbh, if that’s the case, i cant see anyone beating us (if we keep our feet on the ground)

  • VanBasten

    Nov 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    @gandeyb . Here, perhaps: ?

    Look like we won’t be at full strength when we meet the two titans, which is a shame since I’d love to see how our best 11 would cope with them. But I’m still confident that we can get a result from both these games.

  • YoYo Yohan

    Nov 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Best in Europe?, when are we playing Real and Barca then?

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    All three have leaky defences so why not be hopeful of a result at all three.

    I do not think it is being ridiculous to think we can get at least three draws after all we have the tightest defence in the prem.

    If we keep the back tight we look pretty good for a goal most games now so you never know.

    I would be more than happy to pick up three separate points so any of these results 3, 5, 7, or 9, Would be brill.

    Eleven games and only failed to score twice so nothing is impossible.

  • Graeme

    Nov 7, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we can manage a draw against Shitty, it will be a hell of a battle, but am convinced TOON have the ability to make it work.
    A draw against Manure is very possible, they are not playing well and scum made them look ordinary!! If Manure play like they did against scum, we can beat them!!!

    Chelsea didnt look good against Blackburn who should have got a point. At SJP we can beat Chelski.

    FIVE points from next three games would be a huge achievement, but its not impossible!!

  • gandeyb

    Nov 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    @shear-class (3)
    I managed to get some in the end, I think they didn’t actually go on sale until 10am amd I was slightly eager and online from 8am.
    Website was awful mind, I was online trying from 10 – 3.40pm.
    Finally got 3 tickets in the Gallowgate End, upper tear.
    Is that a decent area/view?
    cannot wait! Buzzin and def think we can beat Chelsea after seeing the highlights from the blackburn game.


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