Top Six Next Season – Great Achievement For Newcastle


Alan Pardew has again talked today about wanting Newcastle fans to be realistic about next season.

Alan Pardew with his captain Fab Coloccini

The expectations could well be far too high, for a team that way out-performed expectations last season, and finished 5th in the Premier League.

But Alan has looked at how cubs have done in the league when they also have also been in the Europa League,  and he points to Stoke last season, and Fulham in the previous season.

Their European competition seemed to impact their league program, and both clubs had disappointing results in the Premier League.

This is what Alan said to the local Newcastle press today:

“We have to get the balance right.” “We want to be strong in the Premier League and look at our European campaign.”

“If you look at it,  nobody who has played in the Europa League has been able to manage to do well in both.”

“Stoke found that out last season and Fulham the season before,  ending up with a poor finish.”  “I think it is going to be tougher for us.”

“Last season we fought against the odds and got some great results.”  “We beat Chelsea, Manchester United, drew with Spurs and were very unlucky in both games against Arsenal.”

“Next season will be very competitive again and we have a European program too.” “The top six would still be a great achievement for us and we’ve got the cup competitions as well.”

“Our fans have to be realistic, we don’t want the Europa League to cost us with our Premier League position.”  “But we’re looking forward to taking them into Europe.”

Newcastle have operated over the last three years  – since relegation – with a paper-thin squad,  and the summer seems a good time to both increase the size of the squad, as well as the quality of it.

And Newcastle seem to be doing that with players like Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie already being off-loaded this summer, and Leon Best likely to  follow them.

Newcastle will learn who they will meet in the Europa League on August 10th,  and they will need to take part in the final play-off round.

A win over the two legs of that tie, will ensure that we are part of  a four team group, and the group games will take place from  September 20th through  December 6th.

So we have to ensure we win that play-off  tie, whichever club Newcastle are drawn against.

Newcastle have brought in 22 year-old midfielder Romain Amalfitano from Reims so far this summer, but are expected to bring in two top defenders, and another striker, as well as a good number of top young players,  to fill out the Development squad.

But players may not start arriving until after the Euro 2012 Championships, which begin tomorrow and run until the final is played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, on July 1st.

It could well be an England vs France final.

OK – I’m just kidding – kind of. 😀



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14 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Athletico Madrid did well

    They won it and finished 5th

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  • toonruz

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    edd late on the news today

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    any1 know abt him, any good?

    Oliver Norwood has confirmed he is leaving Man Utd this summer in search of regular first-team football. #MUFC

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  • IPToon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Top 6 and any cup should be the target.

    If we finished top 6, one the carling cup and had a great European campaign i would be in dream land!

    If we finished top 6, one the European Cup and got knocked out at the first possible stage in both FA and Carling cup, i still would be in dream land.

    Just give me a Cup and European football again next season basically!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Beattie…Do you think the Spanish league is as demanding as the PL?

    We should do better than Fulham and Stoke in theory, but it is part of Pardew’s job to try and keep expectations down.

    They will be concentrating on the league as the number 1 priority imo, but it would be foolish to think they aren’t going to give the EL a good go.

    Just makes this summer transfer window that bit more important.

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  • IPToon

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Before somebody points it out, its WON and not ONE a cup. Typing too quick without thinking.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    IP Toon…so top 6 and a trophy….definitely not asking much 🙂

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Graham Carr has signed an 8 year contract. Now that will be the best business done by the toon in years.
    Congratulations and fantastic stuff, we are really showing the rest of the premier league how to build a winning team.
    Anyone who still doubts Mike Ashley needs their head examined.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza

    No I do not think the Spanish Leauge is a gruelling but they played an equal amount of games, travelled to far flung galaxies and we surely arent setting out to win the Europa Leauge.

    If we aim for the knock out stages and concentrate on the leauge I cannot see why it will affect us.

    If Pardew plays his starting 11 Thursday/Sunday then we are going to be screwed but he won’t so I don’t see how it will be a conflict of ideals.

    Priority should be the Leauge as is when it comes to the domestic cups.

    Tottenham seemed to find a balance last year and they finished 4th.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Unless we get spending, I can see us struggling to balance both next season. The quality in the Europa is very high too and Spanish clubs have regularly shown that the top half of their table is better than the Prem. I thought the two spanish sides were class in the final and i think Inter, Napoli etc will bein it this season. Gotta say, have always like Napoli…always were a bit like the Toon …regionally located, mad fans, loved a famous signing, mental passion. Mind you, i’ve always loved Italy ….beautiful women, great football teams, sports cars, food , wine , weather architecture ….they have it all.

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  • johng81

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    a hope the team play aswell nxt season as the last 1 and not just a 1 off. lets see if debuchy is signed today like sum1 said the other day hope he is rite

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  • FatmanJoe

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s a bit annoying when people say we have a paper thin squad because we actually have the same number as every other squad. It was just quality we were lacking a bit and I’m sure that’s going to change massively over the next season or so.

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  • arctoa

    Jun 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Top six and a cup? You’re mad. With the number of games we’ve got to play we’ll be mired in mid-table by the end of next season, but that’s all right: it’s a learning curve.

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  • Double Demba

    Jun 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d love to see us finish top 6 again.

    But with the Euro games, cup run (hopefully) and the PL schedule, I cant see it unless we keep everybody, sign 2 cb, 1 rb, 1 cm.

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