League remains priority for Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Alan PardewAlan Pardew has claimed Champions League qualification would feel like winning a trophy for Newcastle United.

The ex Southampton boss is likely to┬áprioritise the league over cup competition this year, as he plays down the fact the Magpies haven’t lifted a trophy since 1969.

Its Manchester United in third round league cup action today for the Toon Army, but the 51 year old is adamant playing in the highest level of European competition would be equally as sweet as lifting a trophy on Tyneside.

Pardew told SkySports, “Obviously you want to win something, you shouldn’t be in the game, unless if you want to win something.

“Winning for us would actually be qualifying for the Champions League – that would be winning for us, 100%, like winning a trophy. But our fans want a nice big cup… I’m sure we can achieve that somewhere down the line.

“Were getting to a stage where there’s a mentality and a quality in the group that could win a competition such as this.”