It’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew has come out today and said Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s Billionaire owner, wants Newcastle in the Champions League.
Mike Ashley – wants Newcastle in Champions League
That would help Newcastle big time in increasing their revenues, which were around £89M in the last financial year, but that was over £10M less than they were when Bobby Robson was managing the club.
But even more important is that it would significantly increase the profile of Newcastle United world-wide, and that would help in multiple ways, including being able to attract and afford more top players at the club.
Even if Newcastle don’t qualify for the Champions League for next season, it’s almost certain that Mike Ashley will support Alan Pardew in the summer transfer window, to improve the squad so that qualification is in reach next season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Mike Ashley is determined for us to push for the Champions League so we are obviously going to go for that.” “He’s been very good to us.”
Newcastle are in Europe next season in the Europa League, but being in the more lucrative Champions League, and making it through to the group rounds, means a guaranteed £20M for the club.
And according to Managing Director Derek Llambias, that money would be invested directly back into the club, and used to get new players, improve the facilities and bolster the Youth Academy and the Scouting network, since Newcastle are being run essentially as a non-profit company – and any profits are invested directly back into Newcastle.
Alan was asked about the strange rules that would mean if Newcastle finish above Chelsea in 4th place in the league, and Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League in Munich on May 19th, then Newcastle would not be entered into the Champions League, but would have to make do with the Europa League.
Chelsea would get England’s 4th place in the Champions League in that specific case.
This is how Alan responded to that:
“That’s the rules.” “So we will get on with it.”
Let’s get 3rd place in the league and take that uncertainty away!
Howay The Lads!!