Newcastle boss says club are ‘chasing’ European football ahead of Crystal Palace tie

Newcastle United's Manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United's Manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are “chasing” European football – despite the pitfalls of playing on the continent.

Pardew’s side are sixth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.

However, up to now Pardew has played down talk that the club, which qualified for the Europa League two seasons ago, can again finish in a European spot.

But Pardew, speaking ahead of the club’s visit to Selhurst Park, has admitted that Newcastle are in the running for a top-six place.

“The Europa League causes massive problems for Premier League teams,” said Pardew. “Swansea and Tottenham are feeling that.

“The demands of the Premier League are much greater than other leagues. It’s something we’re wary of, but we’re chasing a European spot.”

United reached the quarter finals of the Europa League last season, but the European campaign took a toll on the club’s domestic campaign.

A series of injuries decimated Pardew’s squad.