Read all about it…Read all about it…FA come in useful for once!
The FA have today confirmed that Chelsea and Liverpool have both definitely now qualified for Europe.
What this means is that if Newcastle finish in sixth (or higher!) they will DEFINITELY be in Europe next season.
Yes the FA and other football controlling bodies might not be able to tell if a ball has crossed the line, how many times a player has to outrageously dive before anything is done, or indeed be able to put their shoes on the correct feet but…I think we can trust them on this one.
After all the countless permutations it is great to know exactly what the final position is – with five games left Newcastle are twelve points ahead of Everton and thirteen ahead of their Scouse neighbours (the mackems are sixteen behind and have played a game more!).
Liverpool or Everton would pretty much have to win every match and Newcastle collapse totally…though for you trainspotters out there, in exact terms it is four points to absolutely guarantee passport time.
Fingers crossed we will get over this first finishing line this weekend and then it is a free go at qualifying for the biggest prize of all (without actually winning something), The Champions League.