During the latest developments coming out of St James Park involving the signing of Papiss Cisse and the excitement it has generated amongst the fans, I allowed myself to get a little carried away with my own thoughts and I asked myself the question what would I prefer as a fan; Champions League qualification or FA Cup success?
Now I am not in any way suggesting that I think we will qualify for the Champions League this season, but if you as a fan had a choice of either Champions League Football, or FA Cup glory which would bring an end to decades without silverware; which one would you decide to take?
Either Champions’ League qualification or FA Cup glory would represent massive success for the club, and the club itself would surely opt for the Champions League and the financial rewards that come with it, but I would find it really hard to decide personally; which is why I thought I would ask the question.
With the Champions’ League you get the already mentioned riches and the extra attraction that the competition would give the club when pursuing transfer targets, but I have seen us in the Champions’ League in the past; I have already travelled to Milan, Turin and Rotterdam in this competition before, and probably many of you who are reading this will have also done the same. But in my lifetime I have never seen us lift a trophy, and that is what would make it such a hard decision.
Champions’ League qualification has to be the medium term aim for the club and we have taken giant strides towards that aim already this season, but in the short term would it not be just as beneficial to the club to lift some silverware?
After going to watch us at Wembley four times in total, and after seeing us lose in all four of them, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see Captain Colo climb them famous steps and lift that legendary trophy aloft.
In favour of the Champions’ League some of my fondest memories following Newcastle have come in this competition, who can forget Tino’s hat trick against Barcelona, or beating Juventus at St James park or my personal favourite memory of Craig Bellamy’s last minute goal in Rotterdam to secure qualification for the next round; all great nights which make the choice even harder.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question; but at the same time it is still not an easy one to answer.
So what would you choose FA Cup Glory or the chance of watching Lionel Messi at St James’ Park?