Newcastle have done the job, the team will be competing in the Champions League for the first time since 2001-02, and there will be an air of celebration when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their final game of the season.
Newcastle’s achievement is an example of how to play a good hand: use massive financial muscle to hire the right manager, put the right team around him and sign the right players.
One of the richest clubs in the world is expected to flex its muscles again and has now qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Manager Eddie Howe has indicated that Newcastle will promote the team in the window forward while trying to preserve the team spirit that got them there.
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– Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 23, 2023
“It has been fundamental to our success,” he said. “The biggest challenge for us is to maintain and improve that while adding more to the squad but the numbers are not going to be huge.”
“We’ve been really good in three transfer windows. Now we’re a better team and there are fewer players who can improve us. We don’t have the ability to spend the money people think we have. It’s going to be a small group but I hope they can make a difference.”
Newcastle will be somewhat constrained by Financial Fair Play rules but need to bolster their ranks for the Champions League. And with Leicester heading towards relegation, they could move back to James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.
We did it. 😍
– Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 22, 2023
The Newcastle United team, led by the Saudi administration and led by the Public Investment Fund, guaranteed participation in the next edition of the European Champions League, after a goalless draw with its guest Leicester City on Monday evening in the thirty-seventh round of the English Premier League.
Newcastle scored one point, raising its score to 70 points in third place, four points behind fifth-placed Liverpool, with one round remaining until the end of the season.