Alan Pardew thinks that if Newcastle qualify for Europe, it could have some negative connotations as well as the obvious positive ones.
Alan Pardew – conflicted about European qualification
Newcastle are in a reasonable position to qualify for Europe for the first time since 2006, when Glenn Roeder guided Newcastle to a European place after taking over in early February of that year from sacked Graeme Souness.
The extra games and the extra travel would test the so far small Newcastle squad, but if Newcastle do qualify Alan has said today they will need to sing five top players and the chances of keeping Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson on Tyneside, will increase.
Newcastle don’t have the squad at the moment to play in Europe and Stoke City this season, as one example, have played 50 games, with their participation in Europe, and that comapres to Newcastle having played only 38 games so far this season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:
“There will be one side of me quite pleased if we miss out because it means we can attack the season next year not having the extra pressure of that European league.”
“Having said that I would still, on the other part of me, welcome that because it will take the club forward. It would bond some of the players to the club and would be an achievement of sorts.”
“We can perhaps add to the squad with the extra finance we get from it.”
When you have success there are always the pressures you have to deal with – but that’s life.
So we’d love to see the lads qualify for Europe and even finish 4th top and get into the Champions League for the first time since we qualified in 3rd place back in 2003 under the great Bobby Robson.
Newcastle would then need to plan and bring in the sufficient number of players with the required skills, to be ready for next seaosn’s campaign.
We’d rather be doing that, than fighting our way out of the Championship!
Howay The Lads!!