Alan Pardew has been talking about his aim of European qualification and depending on how things work out, qualifying for Europe could even go down to seventh place for Newcastle United.

Certainly finishing outside the top seven would surely be a disastrous end to the season considering the position the team put themselves in and having spent all season in the top seven, seventh should be the very bottom of our hopes and ambitions.

This is the manager’s take on it ahead of the Norwich match;

“We are saying we are going to push for Europe now and let our fans know we are going to try to push for it.

We are going to need four or five wins and if we don’t beat Norwich, that’s going to look difficult in nine games, because that means the task will be that much harder.

But if we win, then can we win three or four of our next nine? I think we can, and that would put us in with a great chance of Europe, so it’s a very important game.

It’s tough to get into Europe. You have got a team with the finance and quality of Liverpool who could run us down.

We will have to hold our hands up if that happens but we are going to give them a good fight for their money.

We are definitely focusing on Europe now, make no mistake about that, we have got ourselves into that position.

But Alex Ferguson will tell you the last 10 games are the most important ones and we are in them now, so we will see how we get on”.

Home matches with Bolton, Stoke and Norwich will have to be seen as home bankers if five wins or more are going to be achieved.