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Newcastle Trying To Compete With Champions League Clubs

9:03 am, Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Alan Pardew has been very fond in the past of letting Newcastle fans know that we just cannot compete with Champions league clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Tottenham Hotspur, but maybe he’s starting to change his tune just a little bit.

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Alan Pardew – more positive in his comments

While Schalke 04 looked the better side in the first half yesterday, Newcastle scored a great first half goal from Riviere, set up brilliantly by young 18 year-old Rolando Aarons – the star of the game.

In the second half we scored another two good goals from Aarons himself and Remy Cabella,  before Schalke got their first goal of the tournament literally in the last few seconds of the game.

But make no mistake about it, this was a good performance by Newcastle, and especially in defense where we were lacking on Saturday against a very good Malaga side – who won the Schalke Cup by easily beating West Ham 2-0 yesterday, and maybe they should have scored more.

Alan Pardew had this to say in the Journal today:

“It is very difficult for the likes of the teams outside of the Champions League money to compete. But we are trying to do it in an educated manner.”

“We have been accused of not spending the money we’ve brought in, but now we have spent it and we can hope to get as close as we can. Certainly, offensively we are definitely stronger. There is no doubt about that.”

“Siem de Jong should be okay for next Sunday’s match with Real Sociedad. Add him in the mix, we could really trouble teams. “That’s something we didn’t do in the second half of last season.”

“We haven’t had a lot of time with Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko or Daryl Janmaat who played in training today. But we are looking much stronger offensively. It was nice the guys got their goals.”

Newcastle fans want their club to be challenging for a top four position, so anything other than that is simply not good enough.

And any talk that we cannot do it is also only an excuse, because we’ve been in the Champions League before, and we can do it again.

The (very) promising thing this summer is a couple of positives, in that we are actually signing players permanently – and we have brought in seven of them so far, with probably more players on the way.

The second thing is they are (very) good players, so the mood on Tyneside is upbeat at the moment.

Now we need to beat Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, and then a good Real Sociadad side next Sunday,  and we’ll be ready for a tough first game in the league.

That’s against current Premier League Champions Manchester City who we haven’t beaten in the last 14 attempts, and have only drawn two of those games.

Time for a win perhaps? 😀

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    morning jazzy

    yes there will be more chance of him going on that performance

    do you think these 2 forest or is it forrest (lol) coming

  • 2 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM


    I know what you mean. But its a slippery slope, suddenly you are spotting people using the wrong “their/there/they’re or spelling can’t “carnt” and then there’s no going back 

  • 3 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    If we could really get Aarons going, could we start having Gouffran back in the Striker role?

  • 4 Rainrix // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Realistically with the amount of money the top 6 throw around without a second thought it’ll be nigh on impossible to get CL football. We missed our chance to break into the top 4 in the 5th place season. If we just had a bit more luck with injuries i.e not having to play 2 FBs at CB against norwich then we had a realistic chance of doing it.

    Honestly we’d probably have more chance getting in the champions league by wining the europa league :)

  • 5 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Aarons won’t be playing full games yet for the first team. I think we will see him introduced with 25 mins to go in some games. We will probably see goofy or even squidward (if he makes it) play wide and be the one replaced for aarons. Cabella will probably play on the other side.

  • 6 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    that all depends on where pards see’s sissoko playing
    I think he will play him wide right

  • 7 jazzyp // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM


    As I am from Notts Myself. I socialise with a lot of FOREST fans…..Blog police hope your happy lol.
    They all rave about this lad and often comment on hoe composed he is on the ball. They liken him to a former Forest great in the shape of Des walker who went on to play for England at the top level.
    So in that respect he would be another cracking coup for Nufc this summer

  • 8 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    From Graeme Baileys twatter:

    Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow due for Newcastle medicals this afternoon. Players will be loaned back to Forest for season.

  • 9 jimmysmith // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    “We have been accused of not spending the money we’ve brought in, but now we have spent it…………” Really, is that so!!!!

    We didn’t come down in the last shower you know Pards, we can count.

  • 10 Markaccus // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM


    I am hoping Socks will play on the middle with Tiote this year. On the other hand, Socks was effective for us last season when he played as a wide amf (not really suitable as an out and out winger). His creative stats were good (chances created, assists, key passes).

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Amazing, JFK got nobody but Charnley has now maybe got 9 in !!!

  • 12 jazzyp // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Wow looks like Ashley has started to loosen the purse strings at last. Jamaal could be a future star in the making for the toon. Without putting a downer on matters tho it doesn’t address the CB problem we have now as we seriously need someone now for this season

  • 13 martoon // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Morning Markaccus – You are never off the blog these days – late last night and first thing this morning – you might need therapy soon :)
    Given our transfer dealings this window you start to wonder whether our lack of activity in the previous ones was down to Ashley or JFK’s total ineptness – I’m starting to think the latter.

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I think we have to thank Joe Kinnear as it was surely he that had these transfers in place before he left.
    All Charnley had to do was sign them 😉
    I think I recall Joe saying that he signed Aarons and could see his quality early on

  • 15 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I hope the Obertan nonsense is exactly that! He played ok yesterday against a vastly under strength Shalke side on a big pitch and often ran into blind alleys and played the backwards pass. Against a competitive side in the premier league he will be pointless as he always has been.
    You can just see by watching him he isn’t a footballer. Maybe bring him off the bench for the last 15 at a push but no more.

  • 16 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Signing Lascelles and Darlow in the suggested way is probably a new way of doing business with lower level clubs.

  • 17 deeps // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM
    Maybe this was true after all 😉

  • 18 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM


    pards is a stats lover so given that he will keep him wide I think but at time I wouldn’t mind seeing us go 433 with socks tiote colback
    socks did well for france there and colbacks a left footer


    I think we have bought in more than people thought don’t mind these 2 coming and going back out onloan its a great idea but we need a new centre back lets see how loose them purse strings are

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