Newcastle Can Rescue Season With Good Europa League Run

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul accompanied manager Alan Pardew for the press conference on Wednesday afternoon, for tonight’s game against Metalist Khakiv in the round of the last 32 of the Europa League.

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Newcastle manager Pardew at the press conference yesterday afternoon

And Tim expressed the party line that the Premier League is the highest priority, although why not give the Europa League a shot – since it’s the only Cup competition we are still left in.

This is some of what Newcastle’s first choice goalkeeper said during the press conference:

“The league is our main aim – it is normal – but Europa League is exciting to be in and it will be great for Newcastle to be in there a long time.” “The new signings are settling in quickly. It was massive boost for everybody to get players of such quality. “

“It is nice to see new faces and it is easier for them with a few French lads here.” “It is a massive game, first the home leg, and we have to be on top of our game straight away.” “Juventus won 3-0 at Celtic on Tuesday and it looks like game over, so we have to be at the races.”

Alan Pardew was upbeat about the strength of Newcastle’s squad during the press conference, and he even thinks if the team picks up a few injuries through the run in to the season, we have enough strength in depth to easily cover – which was not true before January.

So it would be good if we can start wining games in the league and start climbing the league table – but it would also help if we can put together a good Europa League run.

Newcastle now have a very strong squad – compared to what it was at the turn of the year – so there’s no real good reason why we cannot do well in Europe this season – just as long as we start climbing away from the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

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32 comments so far

  • eastend toon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #1

    am i right in thinking that if we win the europa league then we qualify for champions league??

  • RonVanDam

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #2

    I was just about to say that. I think the winner will get automatic qualification into next seasons CL at the expense of the 4th placed team just like Chelsea bumped spurs off to defend their title when they won CL

  • connor_nufc

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #3

    no thats not true

  • eastend toon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #4

    i cant finf anything concrete on it

    and i doubt this page is bona fide

  • connor_nufc

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    no it hasnt changed . the winners of the europa league qualify for the group stage of next seasons europa league.

    i think they should offer the winner a CL spot as more etams would try to win it in that case

  • remember69

    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #6

    There is a push to make qualification to the CL a reality but I don’t believe we are at that point yet.

    Let’s hope the lads get a good result tomorrow night to ease the pressure of the return trip.



    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I highly doubt that we’ll have Europe next season but its not impossible is it?
    We have got a lot stronger squad and if we field a similar team to this out tomorrow I will be very confident:

    Simpson Taylor yanga mbiwa haidaira
    Tiote Anita
    Marv fergy/Obertan

  • eastend toon

    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #8

    our cup form has been pretty damn awful for the last6/7 seasons so i’m not getting my hopes up like but with AP talking of europe next season, this surely is the only feasible way to achieve that, i mean, does he really think we’re gonna be finishing 5th again this season???

  • RonVanDam

    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Either Pardews got a time machine or he’s delusional

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 14, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I think we can win the Europa league, but if we select players like Simmo, Fergie, Obertan and even the inconsistent Marveaux then it seems to me our chances diminish exponentialy. I’m not sure i’d even be inclined to give Mbiwa and Haidarra full debuts in such important games.

    Let’s pick our best 11 and give it a real shake, we haven’t won a trophy since 1968 and this is a big one.

  • 89Norcal

    Feb 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #11


    Our remaining games aren’t too difficult so it’s possible we could climb into a high position again. But we need alot of victories and not just draws.

    I think Cisse will be the key if he can get back to goalscoring form.

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    Feb 14, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #12

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m going to record the game tonight as I’m working, but theres no chance I’ll be able to wait till half six in the morning for the result.:(

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Tiote paid 75 000 quid for a Chevorolet Camaro. That is a flagrant, highly offensive utter waste of money. The dissolute needs to be taken in hand as a matter of urgency. Somebody call his mother!

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon Taylor Colo Haidarra

    Cabaye Anita

    Sissoko Jonas


    Assuming Gouffran is not fit.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Best possible 11.

    Debuchey Taylor Colo Santon

    Cabaye Sissoko

    HBA Jonas


    Jonasdisparagers bite me!

  • check the toastie

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Best possible eleven. With a bit of thought for one or two fringe players.


    Subs, Eliot, Perch, Jonas, Shola, Amalfitano, Sissoko, Campbell.

    Simmo should be nowhere near the fiorst team squad, leaving the club, getting pissed, unprofessional waster.

  • bills-son

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Jimmysmith – 1969 was the last trophy, mind at our age a bit of memory lapse goes with the territory.

  • Moat1

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Best 11 4 tommorow:
    Santon Colliccini Yanga Mbiwa Hairdryer
    Anita Tiote
    Obertan Bigirimania Jonas

  • Moat1

    Feb 14, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #20


  • magpiebop

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t understand Haidara being picked for the squad ahead of Debuchy!

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Debuchy is not available for Europe.

    We chose Mbiwa over him.

    We could only add 3 of our new players to the squad,
    Goofy was cup tied, having played in Europa for Bordeux,
    leaving us with four choices.

    The club chose
    – Sissoko
    – Haidara
    – Mbiwa

    Meaning Debuchy was the one left out.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree with the choice as well,

    Unlike right back we have little cover for the left side.

    RB: Debuchy, Santon. Simpson, Perch, Anita, Raylor, Jonas. Even Saylor has played there before.

    LB: Santon, Ferguson, Perch. That’s really about it.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #24

    You also have to consider how many games Santon will play as first choice left back.

    It’s not every time we have a decent a mount of time between Europa games and BPL games. Santon has started every game for us, and there comes a time when you just have to rest him.. to minimize the risk of him sustaining an injury or overworking himself.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Actually, we didn’t register Debuchy as we could only register one player who had played in the CL. Had to choose between Mbiwa & Debs, with YM being the obvious choice due to his lack of playing time in the league (after costing an arm and a leg).

    At least that was my impression, correct me if I’m wrong of course.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #26


    you were right…can only pick one from champs league so might as well pick mbiwa as he can play across the back and it gives us a chance to rest colo/saylor

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #27


    Rest is dependent on many things for me. Rest a player if tired but if he isn’t tired keep playing him.

    Some players need much more rest than others, santon is young and looks like a proper athlete and seems to be ok and not lacking energy.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Perhaps, but I don’t want to risk tiring him out. Its fine now, since the two legs are seven days apart, then Southampton is another 7 days.

    But on weeks where we have a game on wednesday in Europa, then a fixture on Saturday, when games are clustered tightly together, I’d rather not have him playing all those games, if it can be helped.

    We had no other choice last year, but with Haidara, it gives us the opportunity to switch things up a bit.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #29


    It gives us an option but santon has coped well so far…i’d like haidara to have a game though but don’t mind santon playing….as long as it’s not effecting his level of performance then keep it going.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #30

    If it doesn’t affect his performance and there isn’t any reason he shouldn’t play,

    then perhaps he should be our RB in Europe. Haidara as the LB

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #31

    I have to say it’s hard to feel sympathy for Lovenkrands 30k watch and Tiote’s 75K car. Totally divorced from reality.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #32

    Can’t believe we didn’t move Simpson on when we had a chance to claw back a bit of money for him and he’s injured!

    If anything happens to Debuchy then it should obviously be Santon right and Haidara left.

    If we can phase out Simmo, Willo, Shola, Sammi and Ranger and replace with the PEA and one of Sakho or Alderwield etc we could really fly, even with Pardew.


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