To start this new year of 2012 Magpie’s manager Alan Pardew has said for the first time that European football is a reasonable aim of Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – it’s possible for us to qualify for Europe
Newcastle have taken 30 points from the first half of the season of 19 games, and that’s 8 points better than they had at this time last year.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:
“I think we’ve got ourselves in a position where its possible that we could have European football,”
“I think that’s something we’re going to have to look to try to chase if we can.”
“If we can come out the other side of the African Nations Cup seventh or eighth I think we could have a good chance.”
There are a couple of ways of estimating how Newcastle will do in their final 19 game sof the seoasn.
One is to say we do the same again and end up with 60 points and last season that would have gained Newcastle 6th place behind Tottenham who got 62 points.
Another way is to say that Newcastle will gain the same number of points as they did last year in the final 19 games which was 24 points which would give us 54 points and we would have in 7th place.
That’s the place Everton ended up last season with 54 points, and they 5 points above Fulham in 8th position.
So whichever way you look at it Newcastle could finish 7th or even higher, and of course Newcastle are currently in 7th and 4 point above Stoke in 8th place and 7 points above Aston Villa in 9th place.
So unless Newcastle have a staggering decline in the second half of the season we should finish in a decent position come May and even qualify for Europe.
But we’ll certainly have to do a lot better than the last 9 games where we have taken only 5 points, and wins is what we need.
Draws are little better than defeats and it’s the wins that can propel Newcastle into 7th place this season.
With Williamson now back, and a top class center-back hopefully arriving soon, Newcastle can make their defense their launching pad to qualify for Europe next seoasn.
That would be great and probably at the very least one season earlier that we had expected.
That sounds like a good plan to us.
Howay The lads!!