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Forget Europa League – We Need To Stay In Premier League

9:42 am, Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

We were all delighted when Newcastle finished 5th in the league table last May, and we very nearly got a European Champions league position, and so things were really  upbeat over the summer, even though we failed to fortify the squad by bringing in enough players.

Alex McLeish – won League Cup but got Birmingham relegated

Alan Pardew’s initial two goals were to win the play-off two-legged tie with Greek side Atromitos, and we did that, and the second goal was to qualify for the Europa league knock-out rounds, and we did that and we’ll finish at least second top of Group D, and the game at Bordeaux next week will decide who tops the Group.

Alan Pardew has said continually that the Premier League is Newcastle’s priority, and now we are very clear why that’s the case, as our European efforts have decimated the squad, and we are now suffering badly in the league and in a week or two – we could find ourselves in a relegation fight.

And if that becomes the case after out next two league games – at Stoke and at home to Wigan – then we should put a reserve side out at Bordeaux, and even if we are beaten – we still qualify for the knock out stages.

And if we are still in relegation trouble before the Europa league starts up again in February we should field a second eleven for those games, and rest our Premier League players, even it means going out of the competition.

We don’t want to be like Birmingham City of a couple of years ago, who played their first team in the League Cup under manager Alex McLeish, and managed to win the trophy by beating Arsenal at Wembley – but they were relegated at the same time.

No – a trophy can wait if it means Newcastle solidify our place in the Premier League – that’s where we belong.

We couldn’t stand a second relegation fight in the short five and a half years this blog has been in existence.

The old heart just wouldn’t stand it. :D

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Nov 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Someone needs a hug.

  • 2 RonVanDam // Nov 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Lol at the post above me. Made my day

  • 3 archaeomag // Nov 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    @ED I share your fear – I said all along Euro-disney cup will ruin the season.

    All this and the Curse of W@nga -

  • 4 Tsunki // Nov 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Abandon ship. Willos and Simpsons first!

    I will have to concede saylor is a luxury. Also I find it pretty credible that santon could go too. There may have to be many good signings next year.

  • 5 RonVanDam // Nov 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    On a serious note, if we dont have defenders – our lineup against stoke should look like this

    Krul
    Simmo Collo Willo Santon

    Oberton Anita Tioti Marveaux

    Cisse Ba

    Subs: Bigi, Perch, Guti, Tavernier, Sammy, Elliot

  • 6 check the toastie // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Ibiza – regards Tavernier over Simpson, dont think Simpson offers anything, nothing at all, pretty clear how poor he is by a total lack of interest by other clubs in signing him.

    Tavernier should be just given a run, he will be direct offer something going forward, quick and composed at the back, considerably improving our passing from the back, it is no coincidence that some of our best football this season has been with the ’2nd’ Team. Man Utd away LC, Maritimo away, Brugge away and Bordeaux at home.

    Simpson has been disinterested since XMAS last year, it boils my piss that he still plays.

  • 7 The Prophet Of Doom 01.12.12 // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    the end is nigH

    the beAst will riSe and devour the laNd

    the Hunger wiLl remAin untIl all is Lost

    you hAve beEn warned

    repent, repent, your SalvatIon may be at hAnd
    armaGeddon appRoaches

    the End is niGh

    01.12.12

  • 8 Hatem's better than Messi // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Very scary situation.

    Outplayed by a team in the relegation zone.
    So many injuries.
    A penny-pinching board that don’t know football.
    A manager with no idea about formations and tactics.
    Has he lost the dressing room because he’s losing support of a number of fans.
    We’re lucky to have some of the points that we do have.
    SJP can be a negative place to play when the fans watch a losing team with no ideas.

  • 9 Dannyo // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    When the blogmeister himself goes doom mongering, i wont even bother to discuss things.
    It just wouldn’t be rational.

  • 10 Colo-Sus // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    I would pick this team for stoke:

    ==============Krul================
    Simo======Colo=====Wilo======Santon
    =========Perch=====Tiote===========
    Jonas=========Anita=========Marveaux
    ==============BA=================

    We need a clean sheet I think this gives us the best chance….

    What you reckon lads?

  • 11 toon1707 // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Its got nothing to do with european games we make about 8 changes to the team for those gamesw its to do with what llambas said we only have 11 first team premier league standard players and the back up to those 11 are championship standard at best. If european games are the problem then why is pardew not happy with where we are as we arnt going to qualify this season and our target should be mid table obscurity to avoid the possibly qualifying it does my head in you play 38 games to finish as high as possible then complain about it. The blame for this season lies at the feet of llambas and ashley carr and pardew would of identified about 5-6 players to take us forward and they signed 1 anita who has not really impressed me much yet.

  • 12 Spotlight Kid // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Birmingham won the League Cup in February, and were relegated in May. Relegation had nothing to do with the exertions of Wembley, and everything to with Eck’s choices and players’ non performances in subsequent games (the old we-can’t-possibly-go-down syndrome) when the club plunged from safe mid-table into a final day calamity when results did them in.

    The subsequent Euro campaign however, under Hoots (remember, Ed, the guy you helped hound out of Newcastle), yielded 10 points and sparked the entire squad into action as Hughton at BCFC moulded a system into which players dropped – this despite having to play fixture catch up until January and 8 more league games than the Prem on a severely depleted squad.

    No, the problem at NUFC lies squarely with a manager who is incapable of instilling method, discipline and effectiveness into a squad that (even with a few Euro games) should be top half and pushing – not bottom half and dropping. Hughton remains the consumate professional, Pardew (alas) is the same charlatan I railed against 2 years ago, but no longer has anywhere to hide.

    That’s not to even mention who appointed him….

  • 13 hatemorloveit // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    this idea of forgetting the Europa League sounds stupid to me. This is coming from a club that has not won anything for years. If the argument is that we should drop out of the Europa Legaue so that we can focus on our league form, then I suggest we shoudlnt bother with the FA Cup and the League Cup , or any potential champions league football in the future. All the top teams play in numerous competitions. If we want to get to that level, we need to learn out to juggle competions together. The Europa League is a stepping stone to that. You need to learn how to crawl before you walk




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