Alan Pardew aiming for third spot

Pardew aiming for third spot
© PA Photos
Alan Pardew says that he is aiming to finish third to avoid missing out on a place in the Champions League.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that his team must aim to finish third to avoid being bypassed for Champions League qualification.

A magnificent season has seen the Magpies emerge as surprise contenders for a top-four finish, currently trailing Arsenal by three points in fourth position.

However, Chelsea will take the final qualification spot ahead of them should they win the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19.

Pardew said that he is keen to avoid that situation arising by overtaking the Gunners, but has conceded that this is a difficult task.

"We have got a possibility of finishing third, so that is what we are going to try and do," said Pardew. "We have some tough games. All the games are tough now, though.

"When you come up against these bottom sides, they are fighting for their lives. We have got that on Saturday and it is going to make it very difficult."

Newcastle travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Alan Pardew
Read Next:
Pardew backing Bayern in Champions League
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account