Newcastle More Focused Than We Thought On Champions League

We are reminded today of one of Bill Shankly’s great quotes.

Bill Shankly – Liverpool manager had some great quotes

Bill was the Liverpool manager who propelled the Reds forward in the early 1960s, and the Scot was renowned for some of his quotes.

And as far as going after targets,  this is what he said:

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”

And one of Bill’s most famous quotes, and you can see from it what football meant to the Scot, was the following:

““Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

Alan Pardew has used that kind of thinking  about aiming high, when setting targets, and he talked today about Newcastle still wanting to qualify for the European Champions League:

“From where I am now, there’s only one feeling I have and that’s disappointment.” “I’ll take that into Wednesday night, and so will my players.”

“If we’d focused on Europa League qualification, we might have struggled to get over the line on that.” “Instead, we’ve focused on the Champions League and we will do until it’s impossible.”

“We don’t look at the bigger picture,” “Other people might look at the bigger picture, but I look at the bigger picture at the end of the season and analyse it then. I have to analyse how to take the club forward at that stage.”

“This team doesn’t need to measure itself against anybody. We’ve proved that all year. But there’s a big game and we want to perform well for our fans.”

“We want to give our fans an end to the season that makes them proud, because we’ve done absolutely brilliantly and the performance in the first half against Wigan wouldn’t have made anybody proud.”

“Although we are a point above Chelsea, we are certainly the outsiders. But Wednesday night is a key night.”  “Tottenham have to go to Bolton and we play Chelsea and it might be just down to two after that, but it might not be, we will have to wait and see.”

“To be, with three games to go, a point above Chelsea and level with Spurs is just outstanding. We would have settled for that at the start of the season.”

Clearly, Alan was very disappointed with both the performance and the result on Saturday, and it seems that behind the scenes Newcastle were indeed going all out for a Champions League position, maybe more so than we had realized.

It’s still possible of course,  but it will mean beating two top clubs who are now in top form – Chelsea and Manchester City – and all in a short five days time-frame.

But it’s still possible, given what Newcastle have achieved so far this season, and two wins would send Newcastle fans into orbit – a high orbit.

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