Alan Pardew has come out today and has said he doesn’t want Chelsea to win the European Champions League.
Not being in Champions League is a kick in the teeth for 4th placed club
We’re sure the people at Bayern Munich would also agree with that, but for Alan Pardew the reason is because that would rule out the 4th placed team in England, which could well be Newcastle United.
And you have to agree that it’s a bit unfair to the 4th placed side, but that’s the new rules the FA and UEFA came up with, about seven years ago.
That was after Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, but hadn’t qualified for the next season, because they finished 5th in the league – and Everton were 4th – as it so happens.
UEFA wanted to leave it the English FA to decide which four clubs England would nominate – but waiting for any decision out of the FA is like watching a tree grow - nothing much happens.
A case in point is who have they appointed as the new England manager to replace Fabio Capello?
And the FA stuck by the first four in the league and so UEFA decided to let five teams enter from England the next season, but then came up with the new rules – but maybe the right decision was to have five teams entered in that case.
Alan Pardew is right to say it would be hard on the 4th placed team not to be entered into the Champions League, if Chelsea do win the title on May 19th:
“We don’t want Chelsea to win the Champions League because we want that spot along with Tottenham and Arsenal.”
“It would be harsh if we finished fourth and then missed out. That would be a kick in the teeth.” “We are already in the Europa League, that is done.”
“We are there, so that is a major achievement for all of us. We now have this opportunity for the Champions League. But we have some tough games and sometimes that may be a better way to do it.”
“We have to beat some of the best teams – Wigan next, Chelsea, Man City and Everton.” “We had our best result of the season when we beat Man United 3-0 at home.”
“Sir Alex will be looking at our game against City, thinking it’s a tough one for them.”
Newcastle have already qualified for the Europa League, but we think there’s a good argument to be made to have the top four from England always enter the Champions League.
And if it so happens that a lower placed club actually wins the thing - then that means that particular League must be very strong, and therefore deserves to have five teams in it for the next season – to allow the Champions to defend their title.
That’s much more logical to us – and maybe Newcastle should make that argument to UEFA – if indeed the nightmare scenario happens, but Newcastle shouldn’t expect any help form the FA.
UEFA and the FA should change the rule - especially if it adversely affects Newcastle.
What do you think?