Newcastle United have not been part of European competition since the 2006-2007 season.
Yohan Cabaye – I love the football at Newcastle
That’s when Glenn Roeder took over from the sacked Graeme Souness in early February of 2006, and had Newcastle rise to 7th place in the league and win six of our last seven league games to qualify for Europe.
And it will be important for Newcastle to qualify as soon as possible for Europe, to help keep the best players we already have, and also attract other top players to the club.
Cabaye arrived at Newcastle last summer, and has settled in very well on Tyneside with his wife Fiona and baby daughter Myla, and he has talked today about his love of life in Newcastle and playing for Newcastle United and their passionate fans.
Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed today and certainly wants European competition:
“We hope it’s not finished yet. We have to keep going and finish the job for us and for the fans.” “From the start the fans have been behind us” “Every home game we have played with 12 men.”
“We owe it to them to finish the season in style.” “It’s very friendly here and I really like it in Newcastle.” “For me it’s great. I don’t mind sitting at home, and wouldn’t have a problem with that if I had to.”
“But here I can go out when I want to a restaurant or visit the Metrocentre.” “Sometimes I go out and have dinner in the city or sometimes just at home, I feel safe with my family here.”
“We have a baby so we stay at home a lot, but the city is good for me. I just like the life and the people in Newcastle.” “I love the football here at Newcastle and the passion of the fans.”
“The football is important and we are having a really nice season, it’s been great. We’ve had some great results.” “Sunday was more important than the other games.” “Now we just have to keep going and make something happen this season.”
“I won the double with Lille. I expect to win things.” “That’s what I came here for. It’s what my aims are here.” “We just want to finish strongly in the last 11 games.”
“Getting into Europe is the aim of all of the players.”
Newcastle have a decent chance of qualifying for Europe this season, and it’s now down to the last 11 games of the season after collecting 44 points from our first 27 league games- which is not bad at all.
If we do qualify it will be the first time after six seasons of not being part of the European scene, and that’s just far too long for a club as famous as Newcastle.
As far as winning something, anything – if Newcastle win something next year, it will be the first time since we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969, a game I attended to see Bobby Moncur lead the lads to victory.
Of course we didn’t know then that Newcastle would have to wait so long for another trophy – 44 years – and the sooner we win one the better for everybody associated with the club.
Howay The Lads!!