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Newcastle’s Europa League Draw Today – Who Cares?

9:24 am, Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

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.

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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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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I Do

    The easiest one i think would be Genk.

    Hope we Get lazio, would be good game

  • 2 rainrix // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    No ed you couldn’t care less. If we get a few wins strung together we could easily get back in the top ten. Plus if we have a good window we’ll be in better shape, plus tayls and cabs coming back we could still theoretically be in a good place to challenge in europa

    Optmistic i know but hey 🙂

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I want either the worst team or the best.

    Want to see us get through or have a very entertaining game.

    Can we draw athletico Madrid? Or are they not in our group or out already?

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM


    can’t draw atletico

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Strange headline like Ed!
    Hope we get a decent team would love to see a huge tie we could all get excited about!

    Indian mag
    Agree lazio would be a fantastic draw

    Really hope not
    AC has looked so poor since leaving us and seems to be heavily injury prone not to mention we dont get decent ariel service in to the box really dont see what he’d bring to the team other than high wage demands which are unjustified think AC is on something like 80k a week if he got that here then would of rathered we gave that to ba atleast he can score!
    Also about biglia would be a great signing but your right we have tiote but do you think he’ll still be here in feb??

  • 6 TheToonKing // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I want Cluj so I can go see the game. C’mon !!

  • 7 Szarka // Dec 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Nufc must avoid relegation, but this season is lost. We should have won 4-5 matches from last 6, they werent any big clubs, none real top 6 team.
    Now the club must work to stay in EPL, but with this team is a must, were only in a bad wawe, we can get over it.
    But I personnaly dobt care if we finish 13 or 7, so I would give a bigger attention to the two cups were in ( EL and Fa cup ) , because it can give a little bit extra money, and maybe(!), with a better spring season, even a good tun and a cup win. If Swansea can get close to win the cup now, so can we in the FA cup. With a bit of luck…

  • 8 obatoyou // Dec 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Dude if we don care about big European games what was da point of bein a supporter? This is all I care about I don care if we get relegated from the premier league (I don’t believe we will tho) premier league comes and goes but knockout Europe comes along once a decade

  • 9 obatoyou // Dec 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Hope it’s cluj for your sake too toonking!!! Btw where’s cluj?

  • 10 TheToonKing // Dec 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    @ obatoyou in Romania mate.

  • 11 obatoyou // Dec 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Cool, am in Australia, lived in Sydney all me life, moved over to Perth now tho, doubt the toon would ever come to Perth!!

  • 12 hatemorloveit // Dec 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM


  • 13 Sav // Dec 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    If not the Europa, what has this NUFC season got to live for?

  • 14 tiotely footy mad // Dec 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    These sort of posts really piss me off, if Ed isn’t getting stuff wrong in other posts, then he posts pointless stuff like this. Majority of us fans are actually looking forward to the Europa games and yes we may be a long shot but as long as were in the draw we have a chance. So Ed stop wasting your time making a post about something that YOU dont care about. As far as who do we want to draw, i dont care cause if were going to win this thing, we can beat anyone

  • 15 Szarka // Dec 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Cluj/Kolozsvar is good, close, and wanted to see the City anyway. If we get Cluj I hope i can get a ticket.

  • 16 Shedzzzaa // Dec 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    go on tiotely footy mad son. i agree lad. everyone is blaming the eueropa league for our poor form, this isnt the case we have made at least 7 changes or so every eurpoa league game and played young ones so it shouldnt be affecting our big stars

  • 17 nufcusa // Dec 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I’m with tiotely – if we all had eds opinion we wouldn’t go t another because the season is over! Bore off Ed. 2 cup competitions and 21 league games.

    I’d love to finish top 10 and have a run in the cups and see what happens. Plenty to be excited about between now and may.

    Let the prophets of doom start there own blog.

  • 18 Szarka // Dec 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    we didnt got cluj, Inter got them 🙁

  • 19 Szarka // Dec 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    We got Harkiv. A beatable team, but not an easy job.

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