The draw for the next two rounds of the Europa League will take place in the Swiss town of Nyon this afternoon, and Newcastle will find out who our opponents will be in the round of the last 32 of the competition, and then if we win that, which two teams we could meet in the round of the last 16.
Newcastle finished second in our group D to French club Bordeaux recently, but with the Magpies now only two points above the relegation zone, and having got just 4 points out of the last 24 played for in the league – surely one of Newcastle’s worst runs ever in the Premier league – there will not be too much interest from Newcastle fans we suspect.
Personally we couldn’t care less who we play in the next round, because the Europa league has been like an albatross around the neck of Alan Pardew and the Newcastle club, because we just didn’t fortify the squad enough to play in both the Premier League and the Europa League.
And with some tough game coming up in the four games through January 2nd, we’d be happy if we are not in the bottom three come the end of the Everton game on the second day of next year at St. James’ Park.
We have a crucial game against QPR on Saturday and not getting a win in that game will be a severe blow, since we play at Manchester United and Arsenal in the seven days following the home game with QPR. A loss against QPR will firmly put us in the relegation fight and send shudders through the halls of power at the Tyneside club.
So until we can get clear of the relegation clubs, we’re not too much interested in Europe at all – we’d rather still be a Premier League club next season.
But that may be a severe (but realistic?) view of where things stand at the moment – what do you think?
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