Can Newcastle Win Europa League – That’s The Plan


We like it when Derek LLambias gives his interviews to the press, because he tells us a lot of things that are going on at the club behind the scenes, and the things he talks about are very interesting to Newcastle fans.

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The last time Derek talked was after we had brought in five French players in January, and Derek talked about the players and the scouting system,  and how Mike Ashley had invested the money to ensure Newcastle stayed in the Premier League – and at that time we were only 2 points above the drop zone and 5th bottom of the league.

Since the club released yesterday’s excellent financial figures for our last financial year through last June, he has given a number of different interviews.

In this one today in the Newcastle Journal, Derek  says that Newcastle are serious about trying to win the Europa League this season, and we’ll play our strongest side in every game.

This is what Llambias said:

We want to win it. The club, us as owners and the managers and the squad want to win it,” “We’ll be putting out our best teams every game. It’s getting more lively now, Champions League clubs have dropped down.”

“There will be difficult games – people forget we’ve already had difficult games. Anzhi were one of the favorites, they weren’t a mug side.” “We did extremely well there – it was a last-minute goal but make no mistake it was a good result. We’re going to give it a real go.”

“If we win it, we know we’re in it and we’ll learn from our mistakes.” “We need a bit more depth, we’ve got a bit more depth. Postional-wise, if you look across the back four we’re a lot stronger than we were in the summer.”

It would be massive if Newcastle could win it – and it would be our first trophy in 44 years, since we won the equivalent of the Europa League back then in 1969 – the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – and I watched the first leg against Újpesti Dózsa of Hungary at St. James’ Park – we won 3-0 and then won 3-2 in Hungary.

And we’d be in Europe next season too – and we could attract some excellent players in the summer.

That’s if we can win it of course – but there are just five more games to play if we were to win it, and it’s very possible we can beat Benfica over two legs.

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147 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    One week to go to our next test on the European stage…Can’t wait!

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    ibiza

    how’s tricks? I am very happy with myself as I’ve got a ticket for the derby and believe we will put the mackems in the bottom three that weekend.

    And Europa League? Yeah we’ll win that too. Euphoria and optimism in abundance!

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza,

    Now then..

    Don’t say my eyes are going now, last thing I need 🙂

    Have I been conned?

    I was surprised at the time it was! Ahh

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Carrying…Doing well mate, looks like you are too 🙂

    Doesn’t look good for the meckems, bless their little webbed feet.

    Let’s see how we do Thursday, but at this point, we have as much chance as anyone.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Exactly 😀

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Prodigy….Let’s just put it down to late night working 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    or the mackems…meckems?!?

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    crap. next thursday is the game isn’t it? I have a job interview 3.30. There’ll be asking competency questions and all I’ll be thinking about is the match…

    so how much of a leader are you?

    A leader? Forget about me, Stevie T will have to lead the backline tonight! Sod it, I’ve got to go…

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza,

    Aye, lets do that. What a hard night i’v had at work.. 🙂

    Have we any info on injuries folks? Who is fit and who isn’t?

    Am i right in thinking there is a press conference today? Sure Ed mentioned it.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Carrying…What’s the interview for? Distraction could be an issue, but it could also turn out to be an excellent day with a new job and a Toon win.

    Optimism my friend, always optimism 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Prodigy…As always, being the provider of all breaking news, I haven’t a clue 😉

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    ibiza

    ‘content editor’. It’s a Newcastle based company so it would mean that I could stay here, which would be ideal. Yeah hopefully, I don’t know which is more likely mind… 😀

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    from previous

    Far East – I imagine it will just mean a team in the early qualifying rounds gets a bye.

    There will be plenty times where both winner and runner up are champs league teams next year or where both already have qualified for europa league…so sure there is a plan in place.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Carrying….Well good luck with it, do let us know how you get on 🙂

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    can we win it ? no. lets be honest and take off our black and white specs, for a little while anyway.
    we are still a team in the making. At the minute there are a few clubs left in the competition who are better.
    the reason why i think we wont win it is because we lack fire power up front .- we arnt scoring enough goals. we should have bought a decent CF when we had the chance.
    Having a good midfield is – or a good defence with a great keeper is not enough, yeah we may get by and have an “ok” season , but as for winning things / no chance. Take Man u,- you have a choice of rooney – van persie- welbeck, you need competition like that, or replacement when 1 gets injured . ok we havnt got the pull or the money man u have , but that is why at the minute we wont win anything. attacking is our weakest part of our game – i think everyone can see that – untill that is rectified dont expect any silverware at home or abroad.

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  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    i wish i was inspired when derek speaks the same way i used to get when the great sir john hall spoke, but i cant.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza @7 – ‘meckems’? Oh, I say one is calling the unbathed thet now is one? We ARE superior! 🙂

    I’m at the train station btw. Still going to London.

    Oh as for the title question its Yes with a but and No with an if. You work it out. 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Stuart…There is a big difference between can we or will we though. I don’t think anyone is seriously expecting to win, but it’s a cup competition and anything can happen. I know it’s been thrown around loads, but Chelsea weren’t expected to win and did it in boring style.

    Do I think we will? Not really. I wouldn’t be surprised to get knocked out in this round, but there is a chance.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    stuart

    I think we can win it. I don’t think we will but we have a chance.

    We beat and lost to spurs this year, both close games. We beat chelsea and lost to them too so even results.

    Can we beat teams from europe, yeh sure. Anzhi were good, had serious firepower up front and we limited them to very few chances and no goals.

    We could eek through 1-0 or even on pens so no reason we can’t win it.

    Cisse isn’t a bad player, just needs to recapture form and if he can then we have a genuine goal threat. sissoko has goals, as does cabaye.

    Agreed we would be much better off if we had another forward but I’m confident we can go into any game in europe thinking we have an equal chance to go through.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Stuart – pretty accurate statement there. Now, if we got Torres for £10m………

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki…They’re just lucky to be called anything tbh 🙂 Have an enjoyable journey, I assume to fit a kitchen?

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  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    ibiza

    cheers mate will do.

    And can we win it? Course we can, why not? Some good sides left in no doubt but we have a fighting chance. I don’t expect us too but if we beat Benefica excitement will be insane!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Winning it is a big shout but you never know with just a few games to go anything can happen.
    It’s a bad time to be picking up injuries with 5 games in 15 days so hopefully lads are coming back and no more injuries happen

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Bedtime, im beat. Work too hard! Hopefully later we will have some knowledge on what is happening ie injuries and stuff

    Catch yas later!

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  • Far East Magpie

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    transfer sage,

    i do hope we would at least get to the semis. gives me a chance to catch it at st james park when i’m over there in may!

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  • G

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    I reckon we can and will do the business over Benfica, however, it’s the semi’s that worry me. I am guessing 2 other English teams will be there, and we will draw one of them. Whilst that shouldn’t fill me with dread, somehow, in this competition, it does. Be a real shame to come this far and fall in the last 8 though.

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  • Shearer.Milburn

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Anybody know what time pardiola press conference is at?

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  • carl

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki
    Enjoy the toadying about! You lucky guy.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    ibiza yeah anything can happen in a cup game. would i put my house on it ? doubt it. the annoying thing is with a bit more back up in the striker department , i would have had a wager on it, cause i dont think we are too far away now. that is something i wouldnt have said in december. but with torres up front – ONLY KIDDING, rather have shola to be honest, no get a decent striker and i can see good things happening next season

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  • mally72

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    If we go we beat benfica and make the last four and go out and the other three teams make the champions league would we take the Europa league winners spot for next season

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    I tend to agree with Suart, not TS. We lack firepower and Benfica may be too much for us, easily. Of course its possible, but if we had lost to Anzi at home we couldnt have complained much.

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  • carl

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Ibizatoon- Back By Popular Demand
    Remember on the flip side of admiration is envy. Your community approach towards engaging on the blog does not fit the sulky prima donna type of poster. Enough sucking up- ha ho it’s off to work …….
    As much as I feel Sunderland could well be relegated I am only really concerned about securing our PL place and concentrating on the EPL.
    Our aspirations then are way beyond having to concern ourselves with a Championship side.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    transfer @ 19 anzhi were good and yeah we limited them to very few chances , that coz our defence and midfield worked their socks off to nullify any attack -closed them down quickly to stem any threat, but can you imagine if our attacking options were as good as the rest of the team – i dont think we would have just pipped it at the death, we would have won at a canter. as i said we are not very far from having a really decent side. i only hope pards looks at that in close season

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  • G

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #34

    mally – I don’t believe so. I think an extra spot is made available for the winners, should they fail to qualify for any euro competion, but it isn’t something that is handed down to the next-best finisher if qualification is already assured.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    That’s what we need the most – a striker, simple as.

    Also we could do with a colo replacement, young RB to replace simmo, young CB to replace willo, a proper winger (not an inside forward)””.

    Basically replace whoever leaves aswell

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  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Sell krul buy mignolet
    Sell colo buy bramble
    Sell cabaye buy Gardner.

    Cabaye is a load of ****

    Collo is a curly haired p***k

    Krul hasn’t got a patch on mignolet

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    Stuart…Shola over Torres? Quite funny that’s even something to think about these days 🙂

    I do agree, don’t be betting your house on winning the competition…even if we get to the final. As per usual, I can’t imagine it being easy, bordering on unlikely, but still, whilst we’re in it we can win it. Fingers crossed.

    Also agree on the ST issue. It’s not that I want Cisse gone, far from it, but he needs competition and we need options. We’d be faring a whole lot better we another viable option.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s my twin! How you doing brother? Always thought you’d end up confused with the amount of times you were dropped on your head.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Carl, on trying to educate pork and posting lyrics an ode,
    The three brave warriors,

    Oh Ian Toon

    You have created Pushy then along came carl

    Where you seem to whimper they try to snarl

    Sometimes they seem to try to talk sense
    But always sucking up to Ibiza who sits on the fence

    The way you back each other is so easy to predict

    It’s because you’re all reading from the same script

    You’re all fond of poems and putting me down

    Hope you enjoy this you’re all one
    deluded clown.carl,

    The three brave warriors

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail…Educating pork? Think I’ve missed something here.

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