Newcastle Want Champions League Football

The fact that Newcastle are not competing these days in the Champion League means we cannot go after the very best players available,  because they want to play in Europe’s top league, and some players have left us to play in the top league, and they include both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, who have both left this year for bigger clubs.

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Alan Pardew – wants Champions League football

So it seems to be a limiting thing in terms of the players we can sign, but on the other hand with England having so many great sides, it’s a very difficult thing to be a top four side in England – much more difficult than it used to be.

And we heard Daryl Janmaat talk about Newcastle building up the squad and going after European football just last week – so we’re sure at least the topic comes up when we are talking to our top targets.

Alan Pardew has given a number of interviews today down under, before our game against Sydney kicks off in about 24 hours time, and he has talked about the Champions League:

“It is important for us to grow our brand, we’re a club that wants to compete in the Champions League.” “We are trying to do it in a way that’s very difficult, because we’re not throwing vast fortunes at transfers.”

“We can’t afford to do that, so we are trying to do it in a more educated way.” “Trying to bring in players that we think can make that step. This year we are as well set as at any time that I’ve been at the club, to make a go of it.”

“We just need to get tactically our game plan ready for the season, and that will start on this tour.”

It’s ridiculous the way some club have been allowed to spend vast fortunes on their players with seemingly no limits, although the Financial Fair Play rules seem to have hooked in clubs like Manchester City and PSG, and they’ve been told to balance their books by UEFA or face even more (very) large fines.

And PSG will spend very little money on new players this summer, because of the clamp down by UEFA.

And it has to give Newcastle some hope when we look at how Atletico Madrid did last year – and they have not spent a lot of money on their players, but they still managed to build a top side, that came very close to becoming European Champions in May, when they took Real Madrid to extra time.

Newcastle still need to bring in three or four good players this summer, but so far this transfer window has raised the hopes of Newcastle fans everywhere – and we’ve already signed some excellent players for decent money.

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27 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    This man just opens his mouth & lets the wind blow his tongue around.Real intelligence would begin by upgrading the manager.

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    What makes me think that Ashley’s keen to have unsold season tickets taken up?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s better than saying we want to be tenth, that Wendy Taylor and Lee Marshall are to busy thinking up lies to fully think through what they’re saying.

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes Mr Pardew, we do need to get our tactical game-plan sorted but who’s gonna devise and implement those Euro-chasing tactics?

    Are we getting a new coach?

  • expatmag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5


    Wendy Taylor? The tea lady?

  • expatmag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6


    I think Pards has had a wee bit too much of the old Stoneleigh savignon blanc, a nice little New Zealand fruity white…….lol

  • WestOzMag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Well Mr Pardew ,let me tell you that you are not the one who is going to guide us to the Holy Grail so do one!!

  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    This statement is perfectly reasonable. I have no problem with Pardews comments here, right up until he says

    “We just need to get tactically our game plan ready for the season, and that will start on this tour.”


  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Gotta love when Pardew shows “ambition” lol ..

    Although we are probably a striker, midfielder and centre back away from competing in the top 6. Champions League may be a bit of a stretch bud.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #10

    …and I want a toilet made of gold, but that is just not in the cards is it!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Got to hand it to pardew he’s certainly consistent with his b—s—t. Didn’t he say exactly the same thing last season.

    So now we are going for CL, after recording the most consecutive defeats, conceding the most goals and scoring the least.

    And we are going to do all that with a) pardew as manager and b) saylor, willo and Colo as our CBs.

    As for carroll, I’d rather we signed nobody than have that ” my body is a temple ” athlete back!!!

    Com eon Ash if you want a sniff of CL you get a proper manager, defenders and strikers.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12


    we have to get a ” process ” to win matches and make sure the grass is just right, not too green mind.

  • expatmag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Reminds me of what the wife said to me on saturday night during an evening of passion:

    Cut out the long balls and effect more penetration and you will score a screamer in the top corner……lol

    After extra time, i did a lap of honour……lol

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #14


    pardew is as far removed from diego simone as you’ll ever likely to get.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15


    and we must filter the wind into the stadium so that it always blows in an easterly direction. We can’t possibly play in anything else. I blame our cup exit last season on that brisk sou-wester that appeared in the second half.

  • Belfast

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Absolute nonsense.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #17


    as long as you didn’t go up the ‘arsenal’ and lob seaman in the box…… et.c

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #18


    I like Carrol but he needs crosses, and as far as I can tell we don’t have any wingers. Cabella can play there, but he had his stand-out season as a no. 10. If he is moved back to the wing his performances might go back to being average. Sissoko is a CM, and Gouffran is a CF. Obertan & Gutierez can play on the wing but both are awful and neither can cross. This leaves HBA as our only winger able to supply crosses unless Pardew allows his fullbacks to get forward the way most modern managers do.

  • expatmag

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #19


  • Bambams

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Fellas I am sorry bur Pards is here for the long run. If he was not prepared to sack him after last season…….Well enough said

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #21

    expatmag…… Cynic!

    But you might be right, on both counts!

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Markaccus….. Your comment to expat suggests you’re still analizing the situation!

  • Brewcastle

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #23

    “We can’t afford to do that, so we are trying to do it in a more educated way.” -Ha ha! The Connection between Educated way and Pardew, is like the Connection between oil & water…..

  • wynsleap

    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    I agree with Rotonda @ 11
    While I am pretty happy with our signings so far I worry that we won’t get the best out of them with the outdated tactics of our manager and useless coaching team.
    If Ashley REALLY wants this club to go places he has to start at the top and install a top manager to best utilise what is looking like a really good, talented squad.
    Shelling out decent money on a good manager and coaching team will probably cost less than heaving vast amounts into player purchases and give better results.
    Anyway Pardew only has a few games to get it right this season as I’m sure Ashley will want an excellent return for the money he has forked out recently. Finally I agree with Rotonda on Carroll. Too injury prone and he would give our team a one dimensional attitude. Which brings us back to Pardew again.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    cheers wynsleap

  • toonluvva

    Jul 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #26

    We want Champions League football?

    Is this the same team that recently announced that they are not interested in domestic cup competitions?

  • CisseSomething

    Jul 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #27

    PSG spend little this summer!?? Good joke


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