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!!