Alan Pardew has said today that he was just pleased to qualify for Europe next season in the Europa League, and wasn’t too disappointed at Newcastle not being able to qualify for the Champions League.
Alan Pardew – not too disappointed at missing out in Champions League
But we’re sure that Mike Ashley was disappointed at not getting into the Champions League, because it’s worth around six times more in revenues (at least) than the Europa League – but maybe we’ll make it next time around?
Alan is getting some relaxation right now, which apparently also meant finally getting to the dentist for some much needed repairs, because he was leading Newcastle to too many wins last season, to have time to get his teeth seen to during the season.
Alan has today reflected on missing out on Europe’s top league:
“I wasn’t too disappointed at missing out on the Champions League. We would have been more heartbroken if we had finished fourth, but missed out to Chelsea after they won the Champions League.”
“That would have been tough to take, as I’m sure Tottenham felt, but we’re really pleased to be in Europe, absolutely delighted.” “For next season it’s important we set realistic goals, and we’ll have to look at what team we start with.”
“If all the players come through the European Championships and everybody is fit and well, then we’ll go for a high finish.”
The Euros 2012 start in around two weeks time, so it’s probably a decent time for Alan to relax a bit, which we suppose he can do during the Championships too, except when England are playing of course.
You can never relax during a game when England are playing – as we found out in South Africa.
It would have been terrible for Newcastle to have finished 4th and then be knocked out by Chelsea winning the whole thing on penalties. Harry Redknapp and the Tottenham folks must have been a bag of nerves during that shoot-out.
But to exclude a team when a side outside the qualifying positions wins the Champions League is just not right – and if a league is that strong they should get an additional club entered for the next season.
It’s only happened twice before – and both the been Premier League clubs who have won the Champions League and yet failed to qualify to participate the next season.
First time was back in 2005 when Liverpool won the whole thing by taking AC Milan apart in that second half, thanks to a stirring display by Steven Gerrard, but finished 5th in the league – and then this year with Chelsea.
Back in 2005 UEFA allowed 5 English teams in until they could get new rules in place.
The new rules state that the winner in such circumstances will take the final Champions league position in their country – so this year 4th place Tottenham were unlucky and put into the Europa League.
The fact that’s happened twice in eight years, is a good example of just how strong the English Premier League is these days.