Newcastle Can Qualify For European Competition Again


The new Newcastle goal for this season is to qualify for Europe.

Alan Pardew – wants to keep close the the leading clubs in the league

Now I’m not saying that Alan Pardew or anybody else will come out and say that,  and the official position will remain to finish in the top half of the league.

But with Newcastle now in 6th place and still playing well, that has to be the new stretch goal for the club this season.

Acquiring Papiss Cisse will help a lot, and as long as we can keep the good players we have, and bring in a top center-back in the next 11 days, then  there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot qualify for Europe for next season.

Or at least having a good shot at trying.

The way we expect to qualify is by finishing high enough  in the league table to get into the Europa Cup, but there’s still the FA Cup.

And a win at Brighton a week tomorrow will see us through to the 5th round, and we could have a good run in that famous Cup competition this season.

Alan Pardew would like to keep close to the league leading bunch of clubs as long as possible, and then over the last few games of the season almost anything would be possible:

“At the start of the season, there were some people fearing we’d get involved in relegation,”   “I always thought we had too much quality and camaraderie for that.”

“We have got past that period. You look at us now with the signing of Cissé and players like Cabaye, Santon etc and we are suddenly becoming a threat.”

“If we can keep everyone fit and with seven-eight games to go, keep ourselves in and around sixth or seventh, we will have less pressure on ourselves than the others.”

“Then we can be dangerous. But we have to get ourselves in that position.”

If the lads are in a  good position in the league near the end of the season, then our very last home game is against Manchester City.

A  sell out crowd of 52,000 fans at that game could see another famous Newcastle win, much like the fantastic 3-0 win against Manchester United just over  a couple of weeks ago.

What’s important is that the lads take one game at a time,  and the next up is Fulham  tomorrow afternoon, and we can hopefully take something out of that game.

A win could even see us in 5th place in the league by tomorrow night. 😀

Howay The Lads!!



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70 comments so far

  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    what yas think of Taye Taiwo signing for QPR?

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  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    The last match of the season could be a hell of a match if Man City are going for the title and we want Europe.

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  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Not impressed with taiwo signing. Qpr will be screwed when these new players don’t gel instantly. I see them as delegation fodder. They need a good striker or 2 not more defenders

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  • jukitsu

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Taiwo was great in Marseille but it tells you something if he can’t get playing time in Milan.

    And you never know the real age of Nigerian players. 🙂

    Also the wages which QPR seems to splash is stupid.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    @nufcfoxy

    As far as I’ve been told, QPR has loaned him not signed him.

    I don’t think he has delivered for AC Milan and I don’t think he comes cheap, wage-wise that is 😉

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  • lordjoesnow

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    WE love you Ashley! We do!

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  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    i found out about the taiwo signing on joey bartons twitter last night. if anything i hope our players wouldnt post info about signings on twitter with pardrews “shh” policy.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Any news today lads?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Tbf its an excitning time to be a toon fan! So much buzz around the club and always on the back pages for the right reasons!!! Also off topic any1 see warnock has had a parting shot at barton only mentions him at the end but you can tell he thinks barton was in fernades ear and ultimatly its was joey that got him sacked! Sirry niel but u knew what a t!t barton was when u signed him!

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  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    is that what all the controversy was about on joeys account a few weeks ago?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I think so warnock had said he feels a certian few ppl inside the club have used twitter to poison his rep to TF

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  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Barton is a Twitter cock like isn’t he. never happy until he gets what he wants. anyone know any potential targets?

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we need to slow down on the whole ‘Eurepe’ shyte myself… as it was this time last season that the Muckems were in this position & look at what happened to them & we’ve just taken the pi$$ out of the rotten for it ever since…. so the last thing I’d want to do is see loads of us fans boasting about getting into Europe & then failing, just like the Muckems….

    If we get in all well & good but lets leave it till later in the season before we start getting all deluded again yeah!!!

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  • Winaldo7

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    I think this was MA’splan all along but under previous managers and setups it wasn’t implemented by them. Keegan is of course a hero but as history dictates he likes a large war chest to succeed and we didn’t get any silverware/ prolonged success then did we? Allardyce will only sign old players he knows and seems to believe he is the best manager of all time and won’t listen to anyone else, shearer came at a bad time in bad situation cannot be blamed. And Chris houghton The legend that is showed some niavity in the Market (perch and routledge) to the next point. Transfer wise who has MA sold that was quality and of a good age? Carrol, we all know he’s a great attacker of the ball in the air but is just not technically good enough to play Prem football. Nolan, a great Servent and captain who without doubt pulled us up from the championship by the scruff of our necks but he was ageing demanding large salaries and speaking out publicly, and Barton, nothing needs to b said. My point is all the Ashley haters and even Ashley doubters are clearly moronic. This man, whatever anyone tells u pulled us from a ditch, saved us from dressy shepherd, has established us as a Prem team capable of beating anyone. He has hired keegan, shearer our heroes to attempt to please us. He just wants to make us happy in a sustainable way. I apologise for being really long but stupid people annoy me so I had to put them right

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    @nufcfoxy

    There are alot of rumors floating around the net and gossip in the papers, nothing new about that.

    Basically we’re looking at cover for our centerbacks – probably going to be someone in the age of 20-23 and we might go for a fullback.

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone notice how the neggers disappear when thinks are looking bright?

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve said for some weeks that a top 8 finish is realistic, maybe 7th/8th, I really think we could do that and it will he a great achievement if we do. It’ll still take a lot of hard work but things seem to be moving in the right direction. I’d have thought a top 6 finish was a more realistic target for next season, but hey, we’ve already done better than most expected (none more so than a certain chief sports correspondent for a major broadsheet who predicted us to finish rock bottom of the league this season) so there’s no harm in trying I guess! It could be done, no doubt, but I’d still be happy with a top 8. The really good thing is that we can aim for these heights now. Who knows, in 2-3 seasons time we could (and I stress could) be a top 4 team again. Very difficult with the likes of Spurs, Liverpool etc but still…

    My prediction for end of season:

    1st Man Utd
    2nd Man City
    3rd Spurs
    4th Chelsea
    5th Arsenal
    6th Liverpool
    7th Newcastle
    8th Stoke

    I think points will be very tight from 4th place right down to about 10th.

    Howay the lads!

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  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Winaldo7 – you hit the nail on the head there. would be nice to hear him speak publicly a little more.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    After 21 games last season Sunderland were 6th on 30 points so were 6 points better off and we were on 28 points sitting in 8th

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    If we make the Europa next season or even the champions league is really to miss the point. We are on an upwards trajectory and rising rapidly.
    It may not be in our interests if we qualified at the moment as our squad is small and our young lads like Vuckic and Abeid need more experience in the premiership, also some gaps in the squad still need to be filled as we wait for the young guns to come through.
    I would like to see us win the FA Cup and see the Toon rocking for weeks and people buzzing in excitement.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    GG

    I was just thinking that myself, and from somewhere we get a load of positive people, where have you guys been hiding?

    Rowan Milsted

    I think that’s probably quite a good prediction, although between Us Arsenal and Liverpool I’m not sure which way around it will finish.

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  • bambams

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #23

    There are some interesting comments on here today, I think solaidback is spot on re europe !
    We all remeber the european nights, i actually remember saying to my mate i would gladly finish second every year watching the football we were playing under KK.
    Our age group can remember the days of the old gallowgate pre KK first signing for us (1-0 QPR) and some bloke using the old concrete barriers as a urinal !
    This season we have totally blown my socks off, I agree we are much better financially run, we needed foundations that could support this massive club. The only annoying thing for me is when Lambias does come out and speak…I cringe! Maybe he is not a football person and he needs time to adapt, but crikey he comes out with some belters.
    I know it will never happen but it would be great if ashley came out and told us what his plans are- longterm. Pardieu has been amazing, i never expected him to be such a good manager- imo. Ashley seems to leave it to him to try and advise the fans which way the ship is steering.
    Back to europe (i have slightly drifted) i would love to see us back playing abroad but we need to get this window closed after we hopefully get that defender AND do not lose any players from “our spine”.
    Lets just enjoy the moment, looks like we wont be fighting relegation !

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  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Does anybody know why – when I look at the blog at home Shola is in the banner but when I look at work he has been replaced by Cisse. I guess it is something to do with cache memory!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    If we get into Europe we really need to add around 6 players who can be added for depth.. thats without selling anyone so anyone sold will need to be replaced for instance if Tiote is sold we should get Diame he’s available for free and he is such a player plus he’s a team mate of Ba/Cisse.. then we should be looking at other players out of contract.. Clyne/Hoillet/Morrison/Kalou all players who would improve our team/squad in our quest for silverware and long hard road that be europe and our mission to the Amsterdam Arena

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #26

    of our class players: krul, colo, santon, tiote, cabaye, ba i think tiote is easiest to replace. i would love for him to stay, but this talk about him leaving…25 mio would not be a bad deal.

    but again..my biggest concern is that man utd will come for Cabaye. cabaye is..well..scholes.. type of player fergie loves. we could cope without tiote, but not without cabaye – he tackles like tiote, great passer, good shot, has presence on the pitch, not afraid of anyone & u can see that everyone respects him on the pitch..including opponents, so mike, pardew, derek..reject all offers for him! hes the engine. oh and colo must sign..the best defender in the league..followed by kompany.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone know if Fifa12 updates itself after the transfer window?

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Martoon

    Cisse is our future legend.

    Shola is our HISTORY.

    Lets forget the BAD past made by Shola Ameobi and look into the future with a bright Demba Cisse

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #29

    @ LewSpi

    Yeah agreed, I think between 4th and 8th/9th it’ll be very, very tight this season. Hard to call.

    Like others have said, it depends if we can get out of January with another CB/LB or both on board, and with the likes of Tiote, Jonas, Krul and Colo still at Newcastle. Not only will that tell us how good our squad is, it’ll also be a good indication of just how much MA will back us financially to reach Europe.

    To play in Europe we’d definitely need a bigger squad. But it’s amazing that it’s a possibility we can dream of. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to put the words ‘Newcastle’, ‘top eight’ and ‘confident’ together in a sentence! Fingers crossed for the rest of this window.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    GT89 – It did last year! in about mid february i think/? you have to click on update squads (or download latest squads). I transferred Cisse in on my mine coz i only play online against my bro and it lets you use edited squads, he’s immense!

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  • bambams

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    I think if man city offer anything around 20 million he will be sold, agree with nightfall- we have some good players who could step in (Abeid) and in Graham Carr we believe!

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  • lewytoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    i would love being in the europa league.

    i think krul would be hard to replace, for a keeper of his age he is quality, he coudl be one of the best in the world for eyars to come. i worry for him leaving to spurs or someone, but he has been here since he was 17 so might find it hard to leave.

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  • drongo

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    @ GT89 – dont forget about Abied, Marveaux, Gosling, Sameobi, evern Obertan will be a year older wiser and better…

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  • bambams

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    would much rather we kept every player and see how high we could finish !

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we can get Europe! 6th place should get Europe if Man City or Liverpool win the carling cup (and liverpool finish 6th or higher), I’d imagine 1 of the big teams will take the F.A cup too, hopefully if we can’t get to the final its a man utd v chelsea final, then 7th would gt uefa too! No chance of us getting fair play league with Big Cheik in our team lol

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Brutoon u got a shola alert on ur computer so that if any1 dares mention him you have to come on here and slate him? Its getting old man change the record or f**k off man ffs always ppl like you why dont you try supporting the club instead of always putting it down

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  • lewytoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #37

    i think we could win the fa cup, its about time, i don’t know but i genuinely think we will win it!

    I can actualy imagine it!

    optimistic but so!

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Brutooon, QPR. Shola knocks down ball to Raylor. Raylor to Best. Like you say: “History.”

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39

    drongo / GT89 – Tiote/Ba will not be leaving us this window unless they have alread had their medicals. The ACON starts this weekend so they will not be allowed to travel back for 48hrs between matches/training so it is safe to say that Tiote or even Ba will be with us for the rest of the season.

    🙂

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #40

    @ jayphoto

    Haha, good point!

    @ Brutoon

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, of course you’re entitled to your opinion and all, but you seem to be taking every chance to slate Shola. It’s putting a downer on the whole Cisse transfer for me. I know you don’t like him, or rate him, but you don’t have to bad mouth him on every thread! Surely there’s a small, dark, neglected part of your heart that still harbours good will for the big man..?

    Isn’t there?

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