Pardew Conflicted About European Qualification – Go For It!


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!!


355 comments so far

  • pardew no 1

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    good words but we need to get rid of crap smith xisco etc we need young lads but i dont want a team with no english it is the english preimer league not ligue 1 i no it might sound racist but i want home grown talen like myself 😉

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  • sps80

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Happy Easter from north-east Poland! 🙂
    I hope we beat Bolton tomorrow.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    @pardew no 1

    No that doesn’t sound racist but it does sound shortsighted.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Pards is just being coy. He wants the squad believing they are underdogs. It will give them an extra hunger to win and more importantly keep some media pressure away.

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    people guessing formations shud stop it lol. If theres anything I’ve learned over the last season is, pardew will put a team out which looks (to start with) pretty bad. I and others too start complaining saying he made a sh1t decision or the subs are bad… and then 90mins later i’m happily eating my own words. therefore I’m never complaining about pardews formation again 😛

    if simmo does leave I will understand, over the last season (which he has done quite good imo) the critic’s have gone from feedback to verbal abuse about killing him and/or his kid

    well I don’t know about u but thats a time u might think about leaving. also its not good for our club to be involved with fans like that. of course everybody has a moment when they want to kill some one, like ba when he missed the pen vs sunderland. But that passes over u dont start threatening them on twitter (didnt even dare to in real life -_-)

    however if he does leave it would be intresting, pardew and santon have both said he is a LB, so do we buy pieters (who can play LB and RB) or do we buy a RB

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    @wor shearer its not really shortsighted 😛 its true most foreign players are cheaper for the same quality but u also do need some english in the squad (both taylors both ameobi’s etc) preferably english people who learned french at school 😉

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    @pardew no 1

    couldnt agree with you more mate, graham carr needs to do some hard graft in this country for abit, am sure he will be able to find some worthy talent. maybe even scouting around the north east for another shearer/milburn :p

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  • JackButler

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    The only issue with buying English players is that they cost three time the amount that they are actually worth!

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  • Patchty1

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    This often happens, and it makes no sence at all, you play well all season long and qualify for Europe and the manager then complains about too many games, its as if they view the reward as being a punishment, it really is a stupid attitude to take, embrace and enjoy the extra games, they are a bonus and should be treat as such

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Obviously the club aren’t putting the cart before the horse setting out their sweeping plan for euro domination. Transfer dealings will be along the lines we have seen, where the only time we absolutely know in advance who is arriving will be those whose agaents or selling club have leaked it. You can put your house on several deals already closed, in and out, and behind the dressing room door is a manager drilling into a squad how they must pull together to be succesful together, individuals need not apply. It sounds rom£antic when you just say it, but it is deadly serious and focused, it is the SD business model, applied to a football club where the traditional ways have badly failed Ashley and he has put his foot down and asserted his order. It is not fan friendly in PR terms, but it is designed for success like a shark is designed to hunt. I no longer worry that MA tuns up with jar in hand and B&W shirt on matchdays, as long as the team gets where it is designed to go, and right now it has all the signs. Speculate if you like, but we will get who we will get.

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  • Patchty1

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    For those who want us to buy English, do you really want us to do a Liverpool !
    On that note I suggest we keep it foreign, our methods have proved to be 13 points better and approximately £100m cheaper, that says it all really

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  • tdt

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    I wonder who’ll play in midfield tomorrow if Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie are all injured…

    Ig that is the case, I’d hope for this team:

    Krul
    Simpson/Williamson/Perch/Santon
    Jonas/Gosling/Abeid
    HBA/Cisse/Ba

    That leaves R.Taylor, Ferguson and Shola to come on as subs later in the second half once the main men tire.

    That’s all on the assumption that Tiote, Cabaye, Guthrie, collo, obertan, vuckic, marvoeux and s.taylor aren’t fit.

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  • Grafton83

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Bobby Robson always used to say that Europe would be another fantastic adventure. Thats the way I like to think about it. Any kind of European football will enhance our clubs reputation on the continent and that can only be a good thing.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    http://youtu.be/WfUkwGar1zA

    Watch and smile doing so, knowing they’re both our’s! 😀

    Hope Ba finds his mean streak and starts playing with aggression again.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d say colo, tiote n Guthrie will b out tomorrow so tdt that’s the exact team I’d go for abeid has got to have his chance, but I think cabaye will b ok so play him instead of gosling

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    The problem is English players are hopelessly overvalued and have massive wage demands considering their skill base and experience. Also seem to have few ego problems – Nile Ranger for one. Even players heading south from the SPL are overpriced.
    I would recommend we team up with a few dynamic Scottish clubs for scouting purposes – Livingstone, Falkirk, St Johnstone as these clubs are coaching young players in skills not hoofball.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    If Tiote/cabaye and collo are out i would play 442 as bolton play that anyway,

    Krul
    Simpson/willo/perch/santon
    Benny/Abeid/Jonas/Fergy
    Demba1/Demba2

    Let Demba1 get back on the goal trail, nice and strong in the middle with loads of attacking threat down the flanks, Fergy and Santon down the left at home will supply the ammo for our lethal front 2. loads of goals?

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree that if there is another Shearer/Milburn in the North East we need to be the club to find them. But I wouldn’t do it if it meant excluding searches all over the world.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #19

    The SPL today is a very poor cousin of the English PL, a mix of Championship and league 1 sides – why? Because about 20 years ago they bolstered their Euro ambitions with cheap foreign ready-made imports and had virtually no local academy system to speak of. Result? The scottish national team. Young english talent is a spoiled generation of over-hyped and over priced commodities who are being traded for money value when they have hardly kicked a ball, their true worth after millions spent and years of investment being their eventual shipping out to obscure lower-league or foreign clubs. MA and his staff have pinpointed this as a priority hence the academy clearout. Expect cheap young english talent who will be expected to develop quickly on merit alongside their foreign contemporaries. If English talent dies out then tough imo, they should only have themselves and their greedy advisors to blame. It’s a global game so gotta keep up.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #20

    We’ve only just set upon a winning 4-3-3 I’d hate to see that oot the window. Ba will hit a few very soon anyway. Hopefully we’ll not see all of the mid 3 out for Bolton.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #21

    There’s no way we will go back 442 after 433 has been so good abeid gosling n Jonas is a great 3 man midfield n will do a job

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    So far Gosling has not impressed, hasnt done one thing in a game were ive thought yep that lad has got something, Abeid is the future of the club and it would be gud if he come in 2moro, very unlikely though Pardiola wud defo play Raylor instead, just think Raylor lacks energy/pace to play midfield, was a major major gripe a month ago that he was in front of Hatem Ben Messi.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #23

    The best way for us to get young English players coming through is to take them on as kids and coach them through the ranks, its a long term plan but will eventually pay off and in the mean time Graham Carr can continue to work his magic 🙂

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    I think Ashely’s expanding our youth system in the summer so it should help to attract the best young talent including those here in the North East.

    Our scouts are doing just fine imo.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Why sign English players when u can jus sign players like abeid n Vukic n by the time there 21 there classed as home grown talent anyway aslong as there at the club from 18

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  • JackButler

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    We’ve found winning ways with 4-3-3 so lets not change it now just cause we have a few injuries. We have the players continue that formation

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Gosling is clearly ahead of Abeid and has done quite well when he’s came on the last two games

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki

    The SFA suits up here know all that and there are a number of clubs – including the ones I mentioned all going for skills based youth development. Exactly the way we’re going as a club. There are some loud voices like John Collins for one who want to do it that way. If we can bring on talent developed only 100m north of the Toon then go for it – almost the ‘farm team’ approach.
    The Old Firm surely did screw up the national side by their imports.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    JB

    My main criticism of KK was what he did to our player development.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Davy – in a lot of games we have pretty much been playing 451, not 433, Ben Arfa has gave simpson great cover, much more than Mata wud be asked to do for chelsea and as for cisse against swansea he was generally playing full back most the game,

    442 is still an option in some games and will still work if we play decent wide men at home, previuosly we were playing Jonas(lost pace) and Raylor(never had any), now with fergy and Benny supplying bullets for the front two i am sure it wud work, this is all dependent on who is fit of course, if cabaye is out wud revert to 442 as dont rate gosling to play the same role, maybe you could go with

    Krul
    simpson/willo/perch/santon
    Jonas/Abeid/Fergy
    Benny/Cisse/Ba

    Just dont rate Gosling currently, hope he proves me wrong though once he gets sharper. However during carling cup/reserve games Abeid always outshone him.
    Think he is on last chance saloon, maybe moved out in summer if he doesnt make his mark if pardew gives him a chance.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    JackButler – I believe that is exactly the plan. The previous accepted setup has bred the rangers and carrols, whose egos have been damagingly inflated by their hype. They are damaged peronalities now who expect success and wads of cash to be brought to them for breakfast. They would have been much better players and humans without the influence of the grasping money men who infest the modern game. People may not like Ash & Co but he won’t suffer those characters, and on the flipside will exploit their stupid greed as in the Carroll saga.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    People saying Abeid is the future of our club, howay get a grip of yourselves he hasnt even played started something like 2 games nd been okay not spectacular at reserve level

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  • pardew no 1

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    we need more heskeys in the world

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Gosling was the best player in pre season n he hasn’t had a chance to really show what he can do, n he can easily take on cabayes advanced role of the 3 in midfield with abeid n Jonas doing the holding

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Gt89 ppl like tav, abeid n Vukic are the future of the club is that simple really we all know when players are sold these lads will b promoted

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d go with this:

    __________Krul__________
    Simmo__Willo_Perch__Santoon
    _______Abeid-Jonas
    __________Cabaye
    __HBA______________Ba__
    __________Cisse

    Hope Ba rediscovers his aggression, that’s all that’s missing to give him that edge again, in my opinion.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #37

    MagpiesFlyHigh

    Agree mate, don’t like to be critical of KK but the whole club was short sighted at that point in time especially when you think that Man U were winning everything with their kids

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Davy – hope your right but currently cant see it, dont know what the lad brings to the team, and GT89 feel as though i have an eye for a player and Abeid is technically great, has a bit of pace and is physical, me thinks he will be here for a few years, on in that way he is the future of the club, agreed?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Also am so excited for Marveaux to be back playing regular, if Ba does leave(which will only be for the money) our forward line will be unreal
    BenArfa–Cisse–Marveaux
    So quick on the counter attack Cisse and unreal technique from all 3…

    My prediction is Cisse will be premier leagues top scorer next season with or without Ba

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Here’s a question for you lot will cisse score more than ba this season? B tough but reckon he could

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