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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew targets Europa League spot

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 07:56 | Comments

Under Pardew, Newcastle qualified for the 2012-13 Europa League
Under Pardew, Newcastle qualified for the 2012-13 Europa League

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows what a complicating factor the Europa League is - but he still wants to be in it.

The Magpies reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season but the 14 matches they played undoubtedly contributed to their league struggles.

Newcastle eventually finished 16th, two places and five points above the relegation zone.

Without the distraction of European competition this season, Pardew's side have made an excellent start and sit sixth in the table ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

The Magpies boss said: "The Europa League is a massive problem to Premier League teams, and Swansea and Tottenham are both feeling that, like we felt it, with injuries, et cetera, et cetera.

"I do think the Premier League and UEFA should get together and have a look at that because the demands of the Premier League are much greater than the other leagues, and therefore the impact is something that we are wary of, and I will say that now.

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