It may be a tall order for Newcastle to qualify for Europe this season but teams competing for that 5th spot in the league this season are having their own problems.
Alan Pardew – Arsenal and Chelsea having their own problems
Newcastle are sitting pretty in sixth place in the table, but only a single point behind Arsenal and Chelsea, and both London clubs are having big problems of their own.
It’s not that Newcastle are plain sailing either, having just been smashed by five goals in two of our previous four league games, but we are hoping for better things now we have some of our top players back.
Both managers at Arsenal and Chelsea are having troubles, with Arsene Wenger seemingly refusing to spend transfer money that is available to him, to fix a perennially leaky defense.
34 year-old Andre Villas-Boas is having some player problems with Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Chelsea, and the results of both these London clubs this season have not been particularly great, and certainly disappointing to their supporters.
Alan Pardew agreed yesterday that Arsenal and Chelsea were indeed having some difficulties, but so were Newcastle:
“Both clubs are having difficult spells at the moment, I think that’s fair to say – but so are we.”
“We have just been beaten 5-0 by Tottenham, so we have got no right to claim a Champions League place.”
“If we are still in this position with six games to go, then we will give it every go.” “But we are a long way from that yet.”
We’re not even thinking of a Champions League position for Newcastle, and that would be unbelievable if Newcastle can qualify for the top European competition.
But it will now be a disappointment if the lads cannot qualify for the Europa League next season.
The last time we were in the European Champions League was in the 2003-2004 season which ended up being Bobby Ropbson’s last full season in charge of Newcastle.
We finished in 5th place in the Premier League in 2004, and that wasn’t good enough for then Chairmen Freddy Shepherd, and Bobby was famously fired, and they went after Steve Bruce to replace Bobby, but couldn’t get him from Birmingham, and Graeme Souness came in.
And that started the decline of Newcastle, and it was only from the summer of 2009, following relegation, that the club have been on an upward track and that has continued this season.
But with the way things stand right now, it will be very difficult to qualify for Europe, but next season the goal will probably be to be in the top six, and qualify for European competition in some way.
But first things first – and all we want to see tomorrow afternoon is a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.