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Newcastle More Focused Than We Thought On Champions League

10:08 am, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // May 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Hope some NUFC palyers get selected for olympics, euros no chance, ridgewell and foster guranteed

  • 2 cyprus // May 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    On previous: Harry must be really pissed off! Anyway, that job ruins/crucifies the best of ‘em, even wor Sir was so severely criticised by the local media and fans, despite leading England to a great finish and being kicked out (if I recall) on pens. Does AP really want this job?

  • 3 traceline // May 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    not saying it’s a bad thing, but it’s unsurprising that pardew’s a little :( about the blow to our (slim) champs league hopes – seem to remember him reportedly being on a contract which is heavily incentivised according to league position – imagine the bonus clause that covers the CL!

    If I’d just seen a few 10′s of thousand quid slip out of my grasp, I’d be a little :( too…. (he’s gonna have to tell his missus to put of ordering that yacht for another year!)

    He deserves every single penny as far as I’m concerned – (as does Carr et al – I do hope they’re covered financially in all this too…)

    HWTL

  • 4 sephir0 // May 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Don’t forget another one of his great qoutes Ed, that could speak for a fair few that write on this blog

    “If you can’t support us when we lose or draw, don’t support us when we win.”

    Here here!

  • 5 GeordieToon89 // May 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    People saying Jay Rodriguez as a signing in the summer.. A would much rather have Jordan Rhodes he’s more of the type we need who can come on and change the game with a different style

  • 6 woolerbill // May 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    We need to do what keegan did, go 4-5-1 and check out what’s coming at you, then move to your 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. To be honest there are no more point for us this season.

  • 7 woolerbill // May 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I ment to say keegan should have done.

  • 8 LewSpi // May 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    A very important article this Ed, I think, doesn’t seem to have gotten the credit it deserves in the comments.




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