Newcastle Unlikely To Stay In Europe Next Season

Alan Pardew is getting to grips with the fact that Newcastle are struggling in the Premier League in a season where we are doing quite well in the Europa league, currently lying top of Group D, and a win tonight at home to Maritimo can see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition.

Alan Pardew

But going through to the knock out rounds will see us continue to have mid-week games and our small squad, which has been decimated by injury and suspensions will keep being put to the task.

Alan Pardew tried to be philosophical about the dilemma:

“You want to be in a competition that gives you some sort of fighting chance in your own league and this format is very difficult for Premier League teams.” “And we all kind of know that as Premier League managers.”

 “But, of course, we will gain from the experience of it. I have spoken to Stoke manager Tony Pulis a couple of times and he would love to be in the competition this year.”  “With the experience he gained last year, but it is difficult to back it up.”

“That is something we are in danger of not being able to do if we do not actually win the competition. That is the pressure it puts on you.” “But that’s the competition. We knew what it was about and went into it with our eyes open.” “I will pick the team for Maritimo with Southampton in mind. “

“Sunday is a very important game for us but so is Thursday.”  “I obviously want to win Thursday and I want to win again on Sunday. I have got to come up with some sort of magical plan that makes me do that. But we have got enough quality in the squad to carry the two games and I hope we can.”

The Newcastle manager has regularly made around 9 changes to the side that plays on Thursday nights in Europe, and then the same number of changes the following Sunday in the Premier League game, but the extra games have taken a toll on our league form, and we are 11 points off the pace we set last year and in 12th position.

Newcastle may bring in new players in January, and that would be good, but it’s also hard to see how we can qualify for Europe next season, given our current league position and continuing success in the Europa League.

But we are not even one third the way through our league, so there’s always hope, and we’ll qualify if we can actually win the Europa League this season, of course.

As we said there’s always hope.

What do you think?

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18 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew looking for a magical plan, bit desperate eh, think working on the training pitch to come up with something more novel than booting the ball onto Willo’s head at set pieces would be a start.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    There we go? excuses for failing. talking to PULIS, why not talk to Diego simeone or Steve mclaren or woy.

    CL is miraj pardew, with Ashley incharge

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Wizard….I think thats your cue. Pardew needs some magic…get busy.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Look at a club like valencia, always take Europe seriously UCL or EL

  • dcdick

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    “There’s always hope”

    Interesting tactic to say the least……..surely we must be due a good win tonight.!

    Toon 5….1 winners tonite, helped by the wind & rain 🙂

    Was just remembering Vitoria Setubal literally “freezing” in the Fairs cup at SJP & getting stuffed by the same score, seems like a lifetime ago now .


  • terencelim

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Sometimes words are better left unsaid, even if he really think in this way.

    This kind of speech (if true) will only impact the players’ morale in a bad way, and it kinda show them it is “acceptable” to be left out of competition.

  • 89Norcal

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    This isn’t a secret to any Newcastle players, come on everyone..

    Look at our domestic form, you really think anyone is having European dreams again? I think 7th spot is realistic, possibly 6th depending on our form post-January if we get some reinforcement.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Why compare our team to stokes?

    Why ask Pulis for advice?

    Why not ask Spurs how they managed to juggle Europa and finish 4th in the leauge?

    What is he talking about, magic formula?!

    There is no magic! We have 2 different team playing on Europa and premiership other than 2 or 3 players!!

    You have to say his press releases are getting more and more bizarre.

    It looks like we base our footballing tactics on Stoke, how to handle Europe on stoke and how to be an average team on Stoke.

    It’s official we are Stoke city in disguise. 14th place looms

  • toon1707

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    How can the extra games be taking there toll and affecting the league when as you say ed we make about 9 changes the reason our league form is poor is because while all teams strengthened in the summer we stayed still and didn’t improve

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    “But that’s the competition. We knew what it was about and went into it with our eyes open.”

    And fully aware of this, they only brought in one quality player in the off season. Surely that’s an admission of willful negligence if ever there was one. They knew they would struggle to cope and likely fail to qualify again for Europe. Bloody ‘ell, that’s totally hopeless.

  • The Vicar

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    If we are going to be successful AND balance the books, then we have to be able to develop our own youngsters. Graham Carr has proved that we have a scouting network that can find bargains in the £3m – £8m price range, but to be truly successful we also need to be able to “grow our own”.

    Doing both well in Europe and the EPL was never going to work and anyone with a positive IQ could see that. That said, I welcome Europe this year because it gives us the opportunity to see if we can get the likes of Bigi, Shane and Sammy into the first team. We have loads of youngsters on the verge of making it, so let’s use this season to get them into the first team. If we cannot do this, then we need to revise the coaching set up.

    So for me, this season’s EPL is a write off. It was always going to be the case. So long as we stay in the EPL and get three or more of our kids into the first team squad with long term futures, then that will represent success, and we can kick on from there.

    This is LONG TERM thinking, something totally at odds with the fruit fly attention span of a small but vociferous group of our support (include Fat Fred).

  • wynsleap

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Sick of hearing all this whining on about the Europa League affecting our Premiership chances. What Premiership chances? The possibility of ending in a decent position like last year ….. to go into the Europa League again?
    Pardew is already givi

  • wynsleap

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Sick of hearing all this talk of the Europa League affecting our Premiership chances. What Premier League chances?
    The chance to end up in a decent position like last season … go into the Europa League again?
    Pardew is already making excuses for him and Ashley for a non successful season.
    If Ashley doesn’t want to spend money in the transfer market and Pardew is hacked off with European competition when we DO get it, what is the point of us
    being in existence?
    Answers on a postcard please.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda- would it really make any difference if I were.? Stop prevaricating.
    You need to put Rotonda’s hat on straight.

  • wynsleap

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry about the double entry… don’t know what happened there.

  • Graeme

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Where is Conaldo when you need him?

    Wizard – Pardew is looking for you.

  • HullMag6

    Nov 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Not enough investment in the summer is showing, complacent squad not enough competition for positions, not enough killer quality for me.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    the only plan i can think of is getting on the blower to someone who has some idea on what to do. it is obvious he hasnt a clue what to do. a magical plan?????? lets be honest , does it msatter if we get knocked out? no . lets try to enter in a few years time when we have better players , a manager who knows what to do, and hopefully an owner who cares.


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