We Wanted To Qualify, So We Have Done The Job

Newcastle will finish at least in second place in Europa Group D after five of the six game shave been played in Group D, so we have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa league, which was one of Alan Pardew’s goals this season.

Sylvain Marveaux slots the ball home last night in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw

Here are the standings in Group D of the Europa League after last night’s games which also saw Bordeaux beat Club Brugge 2-1 in Belgium:

PositionTeamPlayedGoal DifferencePoints
4Club Brugge6-54

Alan Pardew talked to the local press today:

“We wanted to qualify, so we have done the job.” “The last 20 minutes of the game, Maritimo had nothing to lose and we were poor in that period. I am not going to cloud over that.” “But to some extent, we didn’t have enough threat up the top of the pitch. “

“We lost Hatem and then we lost Papiss – we lost Shola yesterday – and we didn’t really have enough pressure up there that could cause them problems.” “They had nothing to lose, so they came on to us, and that was a little bit disappointing, that period.”

“But I am delighted we are through. It’s very important for us because up until that last 20 minutes, we have been excellent in this tournament, so I am not going to get carried away by that.” “We know that we are really stretched at the minute, and I thought that showed in that period.”

“Unfortunately, Europe is impacting on the Premier League and the Europa League at the minute.” “We are trying not to make too much of it and trying to get on with what we have got, but we know we are going to have to be a lot better on Sunday than we have been in the last three games.”

The Newcastle manager is taking some heat from the fans at the moment, but the truth is that any manager would be struggling with the number of injuries Alan has had in the squad this season, and it makes you wonder whether the Europa League is even worth while.

We now have to fortify our position in the Premier League as the most important thing, because next season, when the new three year deal kicks in for the TV rights, clubs will get even more money – about 50% more – if they are in the English Premier League – and that should help Newcastle in our bid to make the team into one of England’s top clubs again.

But we may have to endure a mediocre term this season, because we are simply ill-equipped to play in Europe with the small size of our squad.

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8 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    2 draws against Maritimo Alan, god forbid if we were in a tougher group.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    ”We are trying not to make to much of it…”

    Every god damn press conference he says the same thing!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    alan pard who

    Who do you think would be a better manager who we a have a reasonable chance of getting?

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Wonder if we have any purple chips left for January? 😉

    Or are we keeping them purple chips for the summer?

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Or do we have to get rid of some purple chips,to get some more?

    Im confused 😉

  • AndyMac

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Scraping past Maritimo doesnt exactly fill me with hope for the future ! Yesterday promised to be a break from the mundane fare we’ve been witnessing lately but like most games this season – it failed to deliver ! When was the last time you saw a truly enjoyable, 90 minute performance from the Toon ?

    Qualification cannot paper over the cracks Pardwho ! We’re struggling to score/win right now and if we lose on Saturday game then we could find ourselves propping up the form table ! http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/form-guide.html?tableView=total

  • AndyMac

    Nov 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Transfer Sage says:

    “Who do you think would be a better manager who we a have a reasonable chance of getting?”

    I dont think the players are playing for the manager right now so my answer is “Almost anyone” 🙂

  • Graeme

    Nov 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Purples seem to have a problem – they are dropping like flies. There is only a maximum number of purples you are allowed to have (although this seems to be a local regulation only) in any one season, in total. As far as it is understood, that total is Eleven.

    The rule-makers seemed to indicate they were prepared to try and obtain another 2 purples last summer, but it appears they had forgotten the rule above!!! In the end, it was decided that despite qualifying for Europe, we had a full suite of Purples and everyone was very happy.

    It is rumoured that the regulation of only 11 purples is to be re-negotiated as, once again, it appears that more Purples are allegedly being considered for recruitment early in the New Year.

    Once clarification has been obtained concerning the Purple Regulations has been obtained, a further bulletin will be issued.

    PS at the time of going to press both FIFA & EUFA claimed to have no knowledge of the “Purple Regulations” but they admitted to some confusion possibly existing over this Regulation.


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