FA Cup or Champions League?

More nights like this? Or a trophy?

More night like this? Or a trophy?
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?

162 thoughts on “FA Cup or Champions League?

  1. disagree. One of the most interesting (and effective) features of our recent 4-3-3 experiment is how suited Jonas is to the central role. He’s been excellent. Furthermore, HBA is improving with every game in the wide forward position. While he predominantly starts wide, he is free to roam inside, switching positions with the Argentine. For now, we should stick with this. Saturday’s first-half performance was very promising…


  2. Also, it could be argued that the best use of Ba and Cisse is in the 4-4-2 set up alluded to by JJ. I think we’ve seen enough of Ba to know that his skill-set fits the no.10 role with another forward played ahead of him. I keep hearing/reading that Cisse is ‘the perfect no.9 for English football’


    It’s good that we have so many options at our disposal


  3. Does anyone ever consider Pardew, who trains and speaks to these players everyday knows exactly where each player is best positioned?


  4. Pardew’s decision to play Jonas central and HBA wide is the right one.

    Also, he seems to regard Cisse as ( to paraphrase his quote) – ‘a typical no.9 at the end of the team’s play’


  5. “Troy Stavers
    January 23, 2012 at 08:41

    Does anyone ever consider Pardew, who trains and speaks to these players everyday knows exactly where each player is best positioned?”

    Troy, did anyone mention that he isn’t?


  6. Hitman, Ridgewell for £1m is a steal and would strengthen our squad. Much better buy than the kid from Watford… There you go MA, the army are happy with the cheaper option!


  7. @Troy

    Its merely a discussion of tactics. Sure none of us may have a clue, just like you have no clue when it comes to identifying class players (Cabaye) and average players (Barton) 😉

    The whole point is to discuss ideas, and swap OPINIONS. Either way, whether we are right or wrong, we won’t effect the final outcome or decisions made. But it doesn’t mean we think we’re all Mourinho because we share our thoughts on the matter. 😎


  8. Just looking at all the transfers made to date in the Premier League.

    I wouldn’t want any of the players signed so far apart from Cisse, who we got and Cahill who went to Chelsea.


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