In Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday, what came over was that he has discussed what it means if Newcastle qualify for Europe next season, and how much extra transfer money could be made available.
Alan Pardew – at his desk at the Benton Training headquarters
Is that Messi’s name on the whiteboard as a transfer target?
It seems that if Newcastle get to the Europa League there”s not too much extra money available, although the lads could play around 12 more games next season, and even more if we are successful.
More players will be brought in if Newcastle qualify for the Champions League, and that seems to be based on the extra money the club will get if they qualify for the top Champions League.
What is clear is that Alan has already been in discussions with the Newcastle Board, and they are finding out exactly how many more games could be played and just how mug a squad we could need for next season.
Although one thing is clear in that youngsters like Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid will play a bigger part next season with the extra games.
Alan is trying to keep an even keel and just concentrate on tomorrow’s game against Stoke City, which again will be televised live around the world:
“We’ve discussed the Champions League. I think we would be silly not to. We’ve kind of had brief discussions about what the implications of that could be,”
“Are we looking at third now? No, we’re just looking at Stoke on Saturday. But I think you all know me well enough to know that I haven’t really touched on the Champions League before and I am touching on it now, for sure. It would be silly not to.”
“I definitely think that we would really have achieved something special if we finish fifth or sixth and it looks, obviously, as if sixth is already a real chance for us.”
“Any higher than that would be astounding, really, for a new team to have done what they’ve done. And we’ve got a great chance.”
“The more weeks go past, the bigger that chance seems to get and we’ve got a home game now and we need to win that.” “Come Saturday night, after Tottenham’s game, we could find ourselves in an even better position than we are today.”
It really would be astounding if Newcastle finish in the top four for the first time since we last did that under the great Bobby Robson in 2003, when we were in 3rd position to go with the4th place we achieved the in the previous season.
Alan is now being compared with Bobby, given the significant positive impact he has made at Newcastle since he signed on as the replacement for Chris Hughton back in December of 2010.
We need to beat Stoke City tomorrow, and that’s all that really matters right now.
And if we do that, we’ll have to pinch ourselves - again – to make sure this is all really happening.