Pardew – Newcastle must aim for Champions League

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes his side must target a berth in the Champions League positions if they are to avoid the same fate as Southampton and lose their best players , according to the BBC.

Southampton enjoyed a hugely successful season to finish eighth in the league but have seen their squad picked apart by bigger clubs who can offer their stars some form of European football.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Luke Shaw have all left in big money moves while Dejan Lovren and Callum Chambers are nearing the St Mary’s exit too.

And Alan Pardew thinks the same fate lies in wait for his side unless they step up their assault on the European places of the league.

He said: “If you don’t make the Champions League, the big teams come for your players,” Pardew told BBC Newcastle.

“Look at Southampton. We’re pushing every year to try to build and hopefully get to a stage where we make it without losing our players.”

The Magpies lost Yohan Cabaye to big spending Paris Saint Germain last January as he looked for top European football, but have only seen Mathieu Debuchy from their main first team picture leave for a bigger club.

And Pardew has been backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley to bring in no less than six players already – Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat.

The Newcastle boss is now hoping these latest additions can help fire the North Eastern club to the higher reaches of the table.

“We’ve signed players that we think will give us a chance to push for Champions League,” Pardew added.

“We have options, more options to come in and it’s going to strengthen my hands to tactically change the team.”

“At times last year we didn’t have the option as we didn’t have the players.”

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