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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has his sights set on matching last season's stunning achievements

Updated: Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:49 | Comments

Alan Pardew: "I wasn't too disappointed at missing out on the Champions League."
Alan Pardew: "I wasn't too disappointed at missing out on the Champions League."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has already set his sights on matching last season's stunning achievements.

In his first full campaign in charge, Pardew led the Magpies to a superb fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, missing out on a spot in next season's Champions League by just four points.

It was enough for Pardew to pick up the LMA Manager of the Year award, and Europe still beckons for United as they will be in the Europa League.

The trick for Pardew, however, will be trying to repeat United's feat domestically after pushing Spurs to the wire for fourth and finishing above Chelsea.

Pardew said: "I wasn't too disappointed at missing out on the Champions League. We would have been more heartbroken if we had finished fourth, but missed out to Chelsea after they won the Champions League.

"That would have been tough to take, as I'm sure Tottenham felt, but we're really pleased to be in Europe, absolutely delighted."

Pardew added: "For next season it's important we set realistic goals, and we'll have to look at what team we start with.

"If all the players come through the European Championships and everybody is fit and well, then we'll go for a high finish."

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