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This Causes Massive Problems For Us – Alan Pardew

4:09 pm, Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

At Alan Pardew’s press conference today,  he admitted that Newcastle were again chasing European football for the second time in three seasons, and in fact Newcastle are one point better off after 16 games than we were two years ago, when we finished 5th top and qualified for the Europa League.

alan pardew smiling - press conference

Alan Pardew – Europa League causes massive problems

Alan was speaking with the local press about the upcoming game at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, and he had this to say:

“The Europa League causes massive problems for Premier League teams,” “Swansea and Tottenham are feeling that.

“The demands of the Premier League are much greater than other leagues. It’s something we’re wary of, but we’re chasing a European spot.”

We may be chasing a European place next season, but we wonder if Newcastle will be happy if we make the Europa League again, which has many games, not much money in it, and only a little prestige.

And after the group stages, several teams that have failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League drop down to the Europa League, and there’s something not right about that, somehow.

It’s a lot of work for little payoff it seems to us – we need to really push for the Champions League.

What do you think?

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Regardless of the financial rewards, its both and honour and a privilege to play in any European cup competition. I agree that the Premier league has to come first and foremost though.

  • 2 MosesNUFC // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Personally, i loved our european journey last season, it was such an experience. And it really felt you know like we were one of the elite despite having a poor season in the league.

  • 3 jimBOB // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I would be happy to see us in the Europa again, the only thing that gets to me is the teams dropping down into it.
    its kinda like getting knocked out of the FA cup and going into the Leauge Cup. Daft

  • 4 ajcrawfs // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Anyone hear that Oliver Bernard has bought Durham City FC to be a feeder club for NUFC as he doesn’t think young talent in the NE is developed enough!

    What a Legend!

  • 5 Ben3arfa // Dec 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Such a contradictory statement by Pardew

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Yep heard that about Ollie B. Durham City will be a tall order like not without its problems over the years.

    I think that if Pards wants to avoid Europa he would be best concentrating on getting a CL place then! Come on Pards, all this ‘Europa causes waah waah waah.’ doesn’t wash mate! It increases gate revenue, exposes SD to a wider audience, promotes the club as a major concern amongst the foreign playing fraternity thereby attracting potential targets, gives the players and staff valuable experience facing foreign styles and tactics, if you won the same thing you would gas on about it forever, and at the least should be viewed as a step up to top European competition in the C L.

    The only bad thing about it is the owners’ reluctance to back up the ambition with money for needed extra players so that we can seriously contend, and that’s in ANY Cup competition, abroad or domestic.

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    And, Swansea have a meagre squad, Spuds are looking a bit like we were not so long ago, they are in that fragile, tricky place between having a decent side and having one again.

  • 8 AaranD // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Being a constant European team, regardless of competition can only help the club grow. Attracts good players and the prestige of the club will increase making it a more global brand.

  • 9 jimmysmith // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    In hindsight, and notwithstanding that you would appear have to be coy or even obfuscate at times as a manager to rally and protect the players, club and yourself in a quite reactionary environment, Pards pretty much calls it as it is, it seems to me.

  • 10 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I’d be happy with a finish anywhere in top 8. but id rather we avoided fifth place. It will only cause us more problems next season. A full starting 11 injured last season, leaving us with a reserve team playin for us in the premiership. It was a great experience for da lads, but I’d rather aim for champions league which will be very difficult, but just imagine da player we will be able 2 attract if we did

  • 11 AmericanGeordie // Dec 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    @ AaranD #8.

    100% agreed. If we are lucky enough to gain another Europa birth, use it this time to build the size & depth of the squad with the hopes of regular European (Europa & Champions League) participation.

    @Shadow_Shearer #10.

    Rememer if top 5 clubs win the League & FA Cups, 6th & 7th place will land us in Europa. HWTL!!!




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