Alan Pardew – Nothing Left To Go For But Top Four


It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew  has been asked continually whether Newcastle will finish in the top four this season.

Carver and Pardew – can take Newcastle into Europe next season?

And of course a few weeks back, before our five game winning streak that looked very unlikely, but not any more, and with just 5 games to go Newcastle are just one point  out of 4th place and a Champions League qualifying position.

In about an hour or so,  Liverpool kick off at  Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals against local rivals Everton, and a Liverpool win will see us in the Europe League next season.

And as Alan says, if that happens, there would be nothing left to go for but a Champions League position:

“I have never actually ruled it out. The press kept saying to me, ‘Are you going to make the Champions League?’, and I said we were just looking to win the next game,” 

“But look, it’s not gone unnoticed. This week could be important for us because if the FA Cup semi-final results go our way, we could be in Europe, I think.”

“If that works in our favor, then really, really there is nothing left to go for but the Champions League.”  “That’s important to us, the semi-finals, we will be looking at them because we are up against Chelsea for that Europa League place.”

“If the results go against us, that’s still very, very tough on us.”  “To have this points total and not make Europe would be tough to take, so we have got to keep our eye on the ball, and we aren’t giving up on anything.”

Whatever happens today, Newcastle will go into all the remaining games – Stoke City (h), Wigan Athletic (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a) – trying to win every single one of them.

And we’ve been pretty successful recently in finding a way to win each game, so we hope that will continue, starting at St. James’ Park with another sell-out crowd against Stoke City a week today.

Howay The Lads!!



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176 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Apr 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Today can make or break Europe for us, unless we manage the unthinkable in the last 5 games.
    I’m not gonna cheer, i’m just gonna watch…

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I highly rate this guy but cant see it. Will be a tad too much. Struggle to see him fitting in the team. Not because of ability but because of his style of play.

    But he is a great international player.

    On last post. Me and my Gooner friends have been pondering this for a few weeks. They are all quite fond of Toon and are confident we can bag 4th place. I like the optimism we have displayed in the poll. Its been doom and gloom on here in the past year.

    I think we have 5 very tough games to end the season on so its entirely down to whether the team can step up. You never know with us though.

    Stoke: Bit like us, can turn up, can be sh!te. At least we have the home advantage and arent going to be forced to pay Stokeball on a ridiculous pitch.

    Wigan: Play really nice football, great manager in Martinez, always seem to wake up this time of year. Have a good run going and are fighting for survival. This wont be an easy game at all. Looked very good against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manure.

    Chelsea: Are a shadow of the team they were last season but still capable of beating us. This game will be like a cup final, each team knows that a win over the other will potentially take 5th place. THey have some tough games though so hopefully we can use our momentum and they can be off put by it. Mata can unlock teams, Sturridge is capable of bullying any defence. And on top of that they have a decent defense. Hate the man but Terry is still capable of frustrating any striker.

    Everton: Have really impressed me with their fight recently, are in very good form and have snuck up the league on the quiet. Also they are good at home. Hopefully Benny can score another wonder goal. They have a good defence but a poor strike force so could be a stale mate.

    Man City: May look off compared to beginning of the season but they are still a very good team. Hopefully Manure can seal the title before then, they have players that will give up if thats the case, Arsenal will struggle to catch them to take 2nd and they will have nothing to play for.

    5 tough games. I think key to success will be Tiote, we need him to put in some great ‘enforcer’ performances, boss that midfield around and give the added protection. Tiote and Cabaye are instrumental to how the whole team performs.

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    if we don’t qualify for Champions League now it will be the disappointing season for me because we wont get better opportunity than this.

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Tottenham are loosing out their grip on final champions league spot thanks to Harry Rednapp’s disclosure of Demba ba’s release clause.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo – In the last article about Johnson you mentioned about Hoillet, did you read a few month back why his contract talks stalled at Blackburn? he wants 80k per week he wants to be the highest earner, he’s a good player but he thinks he’s better than what he actually is.. a would love Adam Johnson at us he’s english aswel and unreal when he gets a run of games.. be happy if we sign:

    Eric Pieters – £4million
    Adam Johnson – £8million
    Amalfitano – Free/Minimal Compen
    Douglas – £3million max

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    2 things to comment on

    1st this

    id like to think that we got into europe via the champions league, and that means id like everton to win today, my reason for this is simple, today could be the day they achive it and simply let the last 5 games fizzel out, going for the chapoins league spot is not just a dream, we are in a great possition to take it,
    chelsea are not a bad team but there not the team they where last year and even that team is not as good as the previous ones, we are already in front of them, we just need to win more than them,
    spurs have no form what so ever and we have great form, we have a team that believes in themselfs, 4th is ours if he sets that as the target, and i really believe that

    2nd

    this is from a few articles back regards leon best and a comment between me and wwwjb

    i think leon best is not a bad player, but i still wouldnt have him in my squad,,

    i think there a few players in our squad along with best that you can rely on to put in effort, but in reality we get little other than that out of them and these players IMO are holding the progress of some of the young tallented player we have at the club,,,,,

    best , shola , simpson , obertan, willamson , these 5 are players that would not get in any other top 6 teams obertan would struggle in the championship,

    if you think im wrong then why are we looking at players to fill all these positions , ??? and these are the 5 iv been saying all season

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  • pardew no 1

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    come on king kenny

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #8

    C’mon Andy Carroll hatrick.

    Great to be able to support him for one match.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    LGFUAD21 // Apr 14, 2012

    i agree with everything you just said there

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    In 90 minutes time we could be in Europe! Either that or, ‘fool have been knocked out. 🙂

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  • mallyonthetoon

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    The fa cup game today is win win for the toon fans if the fools win we r in europe if thay loose we can hav a good old giggle at them either way we r laffin lol

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardews fist pump i think we mught have to wait a bit longer for europe looking at the bindippers line up it seems if ur playing in form digleash will drop ya! Wonder how jose feels on the bench at liverfool?

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  • darko

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Jose Enrique your not in the top 11, Jose Enrique your not in top 11!!!!
    Still want Liverpool to win, which makes me feel dirty.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Any1 got a link

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    I would like ‘fool to win, every helping hand is welcome. We would then have only one target to focus on, not euro 2nd best but CL.

    Besty is still a good player, he has just played in some crap formations. Shola is still a good impact, but he surely can’t last much beyond this season, in which case Besty will be our third striker. I think it’s easy to forget what a worker he can be and I think with Ba or Cisse he can still be an assist king. At the moment, if one of our main strikers is injured (Ba) or leaves (Ba) shola will NOT last a whole match. And no, Besty is NOT crap, hopeless, championship quality at best etc…

    Indian, every so often you knock your sensible posts right off their pedestal with a completely crass and stupid one, which inevitably invites criticism. Stop doing it and all will be well, stop having a go at people for pointing it out and all will be better.

    imho 🙂

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  • wingspan

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    god i feel dirty supporting Liverpool, But needs must!!

    Joses been dropped too! That shows that Kenny really doesnt have a clue.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Can’t help but fee;l this is our one and only chance for Europe this season.

    I feel used. Could this be Carrols redemption if he wins it sending the toon into Europe?

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Unlikely as he cant win a ball in the air !

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  • chris_g

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    catchy in norway says:
    “best , shola , simpson , obertan, willamson , these 5 are players that would not get in any other top 6 teams obertan would struggle in the championship,

    if you think im wrong then why are we looking at players to fill all these positions , ??? and these are the 5 iv been saying all season”

    I think you’re wrong because:

    1) If we are looking for a new striker it’s probably because Lovenkrands is out of contract in the summer and will almost certainly be leaving so he will need to be replaced. It’s got nothing to do with Best or Shola

    2) We have offered Simpson a new contract, so how does that suggest that the club is trying to get rid of him?

    3) How do you know that the club is looking to replace Obertan? Do you have a reliable source?

    4) It isn’t any secret that the club is looking to bring in another CB, and we all know the reason for that. Except you, of course, who believes that the real reason is because we need someone to replace Williamson.

    I think somewhere in Norway there’s a village that’s missing an idiot.

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  • Hemel Mag

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d cheer the mackems on before I cheer that f*****g dour b*****d Dalglish and that Judas scumbag Carrol. Not that im holding a grudge or anytrhing…..

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  • mallyonthetoon

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Liverpool 0 everton 1 hmmmm

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  • spitfire_

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Stupid scousers…

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  • Hemel Mag

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes….. Jelavic good goal

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  • Crow59Cdo

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #24

    i could see that coming, get that useless scouse pensioner off the pitch, fair play to everton as much as i want them to lose youve got to give them credit

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  • Oleg G

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #25

    How much Liverpool’s defense cost them?

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s champions league or bust me thinks, Everton looking much the better team.

    Kenny sacked after this match.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Really cant see liverpool even having a slight chance in this game

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Why is Enrique on the bench? He should be playing

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #29

    you’re getting sacked in the morning?

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #30

    chris g

    you really think there good enough?? or is that you support them cos there in a black and white shirt?

    cos i bet if anyone of those didnt play for right now , none of those would be on anyones list to buy to improve our team, or squad,

    yes simpson has been offered a new contract, shola just signed one last year, dosnt mean that there good enough

    but you keep looking at them through your rose tinted specks, there you go little boy ,, now out side and play theres a good lad

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki reading between the lines dogleash is getting a 5 yr contract in the morning!

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  • tarie4

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry lads but I want Everton to smash those bindippers!!!! We will get 4th or fifth

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    toonarmydownsouth – he he 🙂

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  • tarie4

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #34

    catchy in norway
    give it a rest lad..

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    @ catchy
    best , shola , simpson , obertan, willamson , these 5 are players that would not get in any other top 6 teams obertan would struggle in the championship,

    if you think im wrong then why are we looking at players to fill all these positions , ???

    Im sorry mate but what makes you think were looking for replacements for any of theese? We need a cf cos loverman is out of contract we have needed a new cb since last season and obertan has been in a top 6 team since he came to england give the lad some time, also get off sholas back hes been in great form this half of the season in all honesty the last 3 games hes been better than ba

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Liverpool don’t stand a chance at this rate.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #37

    tarie4

    what have i said that is wrong

    or are you just one of these that jump on the band wagon

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    And if we don’t get fourth or fifth? Surely you should think what’s better for NUFC before thinking about clubs you dislike

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #39

    toonarmydownsouth

    just say they didnt play for us, would any of those get in your list of players that would improve your squad,,,

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Will be a huge shame if Liverpool don’t win.

    Bellamy and Kuyt on 2nd half?

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