Alan Pardew has always been well aware what a fantastic club Newcastle United is, and he has come out today and said he is humbled to take the club, one of the best supported football clubs in the world, back into European competition after an absence of six years.
Derek LLambias – attended draw in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday
Glenn Roeder was the last Newcastle manager to lead the club into Europe, after Glenn performed absolute wonders after taking over from Graeme Souness in early February of 2006, and getting Newcastle into 7th place in the league, and taking 19 points from the last 7 games of the season.
Newcastle have drawn Greek club Astromitos, and while Newcastle should be able to make it through, nothing is ever certain in European competition.
“It is a humbling experience to be the man to lead Newcastle back into Europe.” “I am sure our fans are very excited by the draw.” “So it is nice to take them to a great city like Athens.”
“They are excited and so are all my players.” “They are looking forward to it just as much as the fans.” “There are no easy games in Europe.” “This will be a tough test for us.” “It is also a bit of a worry the fact we have a four-hour flight.”
“We are looking into seeing if we can turn the legs around.” “They sound up for it. Whether UEFA will allow the legs to be turned around we will have to see.” “Overall, it is a good draw for us.”
“Athens is a lovely city and it is a beautiful place, I have been there before.” “It is just a great adventure for us.” “We can all look forward to it now.” “The game with Olympiacos has turned into a good fixture for us now.”
“We had a taste of how a Greek team goes about things – a team which was in the mix with Atromitos.”
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley broke off their transfer talks in Amsterdam to attend the draw at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
And the first thing they will now try to do is fix that first leg to be either a week on Tuesday ior Wednesday to give Newcastle some breathing room before they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the following Saturday.
Newcastle will be playing Cardiff City later today, in their final pre-season friendly, and we would expect to see a very strong eleven start the game,. and possibly the team Alan Pardew will field at St. James’ Park against Tottenham next Saturday afternoon in the first league game of the season.
A good win would be very nice this afternoon in South Wales.