European Football Will Help Keep Top Players On Tyneside


Alan Pardew, the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season,  thinks that European competition will help keep his players on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew – massively over-achieved at Newcastle this season

But Alan says he is still looking to bring up to three three players in this summer, but that could be more if players leave the club, and both Guthrie and Simpson are very likely to leave Newcastle this summer.

The very fact that Newcastle will finish above two of the perennial top four clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool, is testament to what a great first full season Pardew has had as the Newcastle manager, but we’ll have to keep it up next season.

This is what Alan Pardew said about European football:

“European football helps keep players. To some of our players, European football has a bigger profile than the Premier League.” “This club is a much easier sell now – I don’t have to take my iPad and all my presentations.”

“But if we’re around the right figures, they can’t look me in the eye and say ‘I want European football’ because they can get it here.” “We will need to expand our squad to cope with the extra demands of Europe, and also to make sure we can challenge the elite Premier League clubs.”

“We’re still looking to bring in two or three players, which I think we need because the underbelly of this side is weaker than the top teams.”  “We might lose one or two this ­summer, but the year after – if we break into the Champions League or in a couple of years’ time – we ­probably won’t lose them then.”

“Expectations are going to be ­greater next season and I accept that. That is why we are already planning for the next campaign.”  “We can still finish third – it will be my greatest achievement as a manager, even if we don’t finish third.”

“The fans know it’s a ­massive bonus if we get into the Champions League.”  “But to finish above Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, all these teams – and ­Sunderland, who spent a lot of money in the summer – is a fantastic ­achievement.”

“If somebody had said at the start of the season that we would finish above Chelsea, I wouldn’t have believed them. We’re now competing with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, at the end of last season we weren’t.

“We’ve competed with the top teams all season and that’s what we have to try to achieve again.”

Newcastle have put themselves back among the top clubs in England, and this is the highest we will have finished in the Premier League since 2004.

That’s when Bobby Robson had us in 5th place, following the 3rd and 4th positions he held in the previous two seasons, which qualified Newcastle for the Champions League.

That achievement of Bobby’s plus his other sterling management achievements for Ipswich and England, among others, earned him a bronze statue that now stands in St. James’ Park.

But Bobby was sacked in late August of 2004, because 5th place wasn’t good enough, back in those days of Freddy Shepherd, but Alan will not be getting fired for 5th place.

In fact we hope the bonus structure of his contract at Newcastle pays him well,  for a season in which he and Newcastle have massively over-achieved.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Although it’s always disappointing Pardew says we’ll lose players, I like that the club clearly has every intention of challenging for the Champions League every year.

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #2

    @ToonDownSouth

    agreed, i think and i hope that even if we do not make the champions league we will target players who will take us into the next level ..

    Douglas, Debuchy and Pieters seem capable of being that
    Like i said before though players like Hoilett and Moses are not .. yet

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  • davybtoon

    May 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Tds simple fact is he’s telling the truth until we start making cl every season we won’t b able to keep are players why can’t some fans understand this

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  • JAMSHA

    May 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #4

    mrng all 🙂 big day today + will.miss.football

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  • wingspan

    May 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Ben3arfa i think your right about Hoilett i have a friend whos a blackburn fan and he says he costs the team as many as he scores with his laziness. I obviously threw ben arfas turnaround in his face and the fact that Steve Kean doesnt seem to command the respect of the players. Although your right in saying he would need to improve, i think Prds could turn him int a brilliant player, hes obviously got skills the lad.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #6

    i hav a feeling we might finish 4th

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  • toonincheek

    May 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Morning Ed – up late tonight? Or is it up early?

    Thanks so much for your Blog. Absolutely the Tops.

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  • OTP

    May 13, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Even if we get Champs League this year I would be happy with getting Europa League next year. Very happy. Done everyone proud, no pressure guys!

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  • First

    May 13, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #9

    To be honest, i never really want Europa Soccer for NUFC, Its either CL or nothing. Reason being it will bring distractions for the boyz next season and we will finish lower than this season and without any real chances of winning a domestic trophy .

    This is my recommandations for the signnings for next season.

    1) def :

    Deubacy since Simmo is almost certain leaving Around 5 million or so.

    Douglas : a really strong and good def around 8 million

    MF :

    Junior Hoilett quick in the wings good for CM and Counter attacking and almost certainly leavibg BlackBurn ..around 8million

    ST :

    John Gudetti : one of the most promising St at the moment. Around 5 Million
    Jermaine defoe: might be old but he’s a player who can nick a goal when it’s needed .around 5 million

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  • obatoyou

    May 13, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #10

    ima bet on us to finish 4th whos wit me

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  • SmileyFace

    May 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I honestly don’t understand people who don’t enjoy the Europa League. It’s a EUROPEAN competition. More than we could have asked for last season. And a lot of people at the start of this season said it would be a massive achievement. Now we are within touching distance, noone wants it?! Why do the English clubs not take it as seriously as the other leagues? It’s a great competition, pit yourself against some great teams from other leagues, and some great nights ahead ! And if we win it, it’s also a route into the champions league !!

    Chin up, enjoy the season, and stop f*cking MOANING !

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