To think, they used to have this mad complicated arrangement where the club that won the league in each country went into a knockout competition and the team that won that competition was the champion of champions.
A journalist told me at the start of the season that it was easier to write about Newcastle when making headlines for the wrong reasons. Perhaps now the task is just as easy writing about the club for the right ones.
I’m convinced if we beat Stoke and Wigan then Champions League is ours. People need to remember that to beat the likes of Spurs, you don’t necessarily need to beat the likes of Spurs….if you know what I mean ‘arry!
Like all good card sharps, Alan Pardew knows that it is fatal to be the first to blink and give your hand away. The way he has handled Newcastle’s rise on the pitch has been carried off equally well away from the main action.
A Champions League group stage to line the club’s coffers (and maybe persuade Mr. Ashley to invest), ending with an honourable third place and parachute entry into the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
If the team qualify they will have also exposed any player who then left – because if affection for Newcastle AND Champions League football isn’t enough to grab them, then they weren’t the players for us in the first place.