The Champions League has taken centre-stage this week following the group-stage draw, and there are fans of one club who have strangely taken an interest.
Competing at an elite European level is a distant dream for Newcastle United at the moment as they have been fighting for survival as opposed to challenging the top four.
Plus, they have had a troubled relationship with club owner Mike Ashley.
After a season in the Championship, Rafael Benitez guided the North-East outfit back into the top flight.
In the 2017-18 campaign, the Magpies performed better than expected as they eventually secured 10th in the standings.
The current season has not started off ideal for the club as they are yet to secure a league victory having recorded one draw and two defeats.
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The team have only scored two goals in their opening three matches, and both came from Joselu, who struggled to hit the heights last season.
On Thursday, Newcastle fans witnessed Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool learn who they will take on in the group stage of the Champions League.
Twitter account @NUFC360 sparked a debate about whether the Magpies will be among Europe’s elite in three decades, and it attracted some interesting responses…
Will we see #NUFC play in the Champions League over the next 30 years? Would be amazing to see us back in that competition one day. Unlikely though.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 30, 2018
It be good to see us in the cup past August never mind the champions league
— mark barrett (@markbarrett4) August 30, 2018
You’ve spelt championship wrong mate
— Mark Dilbo (@dillmin1) August 30, 2018
The way things are I am asking myself how possibily long can Ashley own #nufc? The penny will drop at some point this season. I can’t see getting any further. The fans were ready to walk away in 2016 but only stayed cos of Rafa.
— bobby martins (@BobbyGoa) August 30, 2018
If Ashley goes then true potential can be reached. Is that champions league? Who knows BUT when the sole purpose is to cheapen costs, bank/ redirect as much money as possible and jack the price up every time a buyer comes calling then NUFC will underachieve. #Ashleyout
— paz (@ianparry9) August 30, 2018
Maybe on football manager
— Shane Kearley (@srkearley) August 30, 2018
We will see it next season… on Fifa 19
— Dale Ord. (@daleord) August 30, 2018
I’d just love to see us battle for top 6 every season
— Dave84 🏴🏳🏴🏳nufc southwest Mag (@dave6869) August 30, 2018
Feel like we’ll be in League one before we reach the Champions League again😞
— Michael (@MichaelNUFC9) August 30, 2018