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Hatem Ben Arfa has been ruled out of the rest of Newcastle"s season with a hamstring injury

Hamstring injury rules Newcastle star
Ben Arfa out for the season

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

13:47 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 15 March 2013

Hatem Ben Arfa is out for the season.

The Newcastle United midfielder needs a hamstring operation.

Ben Arfa missed two months of the season and returned for the goalless draw in Moscow last week.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: 'He needs a hamstring operation and that will probably leave him missing for the rest of the year.

Big loss: Hatem Ben Arfa will be unavailable as Newcastle chase Europa League glory

Big loss: Hatem Ben Arfa will be unavailable as Newcastle chase Europa League glory

'It is the news we didn't want to hear. The priority now is to get fit for pre-season.

'He gives us that x-factor which was missing from a game like last night but the team has responded well in his absence.'

Newcastle's stand-in captain Yohan Cabaye, however, could be fit to travel to Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Optimistic: Yohan Cabaye, however, could recover in time to face Wigan

Optimistic: Yohan Cabaye, however, could recover in time to face Wigan

The France international limped off in the first-half of last night's Europa League win over Anzhi with a groin injury.

Pardew added: 'The good news is he has half a chance for Sunday. It is international week and he has to get through to be available for that and I am.'

He will be assessed by Newcastle medical staff in the coming weeks.

Ben Arfa tore his hamstring during a 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham on December 10 and spent a frustrating three months on the sidelines.

Talented: Ben Arfa is often Newcastle's most dangerous player

Talented: Ben Arfa is often Newcastle's most dangerous player

He was thrown straight in at the deep end at the Luzhniki Stadium last Thursday night when he was asked to play as a lone striker, and he had a glorious second-half opportunity to snatch victory.

However, he was unable to take his place in the squad for Sunday's 2-1 win over Stoke, and was ruled out of last night's return against Anzhi, which saw the Magpies book their place in the quarter-finals, by Pardew on Wednesday.

Now it appears his season could be over, and a man who spent all but four games of his first campaign on Tyneside recovering from an horrific double leg fracture, may have to turn his attention to August.

'X-factor': Pardew rates Ben Arfa highly

'X-factor': Pardew rates Ben Arfa highly

Pardew said: 'That's the priority for him now because he's been a huge miss for us.

'He gives us that X-factor. In a game like last night's where he could open the door for us, we haven't got that luxury.

'Unfortunately for Hatem, that's the news that he didn't want to hear. But as far as we are concerned, the team has responded well in his absence and hopefully, we do that until the end of the year.'

Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic during Newcastle v Stoke

VIDEO: Watch Taylor put off Begovic by clowning around before Cabaye free kick

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

00:24 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Taylor is known as an eccentric sort and he proved why on Sunday as Newcastle faced Stoke.

The Newcastle defender was spotted clowning around in front of Asmir Begovic as he tried to put the Potters keeper off before Yohan Cabaye's free kick.

And maybe it worked, because the French midfielder sent a peach of a strike over the wall and in to the top corner.

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Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at the centre back.

The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at Under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Pardew said: 'He was immense today. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today.

'They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it's a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us today – because we had no height in the team.

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

'Steven Taylor had to do everything today on that side of it and he was brilliant.'

Taylor's hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past.

Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach.

However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration.

Clowning around! Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic

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Demba Ba latest: Alan Pardew says Newcastle coped with losing Andy Carroll and can do same again

Wages row wrecks Ba's transfer to Chelsea as Newcastle bid to keep him

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15:23 GMT, 31 December 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was defiant in the face of the ongoing transfer saga surrounding striker Demba Ba.

He said that the club had coped with the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and would be able to do the same again if Ba leaves.

The Senegal international has been offered a new deal by the Magpies but was involved in talks with Chelsea last night because they activated his 7m release fee clause.

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

Sticky spot: Alan Pardew feels sorry for Demba Ba (centre)

But the deal broke down because of the
hitman's wage demands.

Pardew said: 'I've been in a situation where we lost Andy Carroll, and to a great extent, maybe we were weaker then than we are now.

'So we've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again if we have to. But ideally we want him to stay, and hopefully he will play on Wednesday and play well. Then we go to Brighton on Saturday.'

He continued: 'I feel bit sorry for
Demba because people out there fuelling it are not involved. The contract
is what it is and as manager I want it to be resolved.

'There is a contract for him to sign
and it is getting close to the point where we say no more but the offer
is still there. I want him to stay.

'It has been a saga since the summer
and the way the contract was drawn up at the time means we can't get out
of it, but I understand why it was that way at the time.

'I still think in this window he will stay because of the situtation we are in, but that will be up to him.

'The contract terms have been bandied
around which has not helped and people are getting involved who have no
right to be involved.

'It is difficult for our fans because
they love him and they want him to play in a black and white shirt – we
look potent again.'

The Magpies signed the striker from West Ham after the east London side were relegated in 2011.

Ba scored 16 goals in 34 Barclays
Premier League appearances last season but his relationship with
Pardew soured in September.

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

Hopeful: The Toon boss would love to keep Ba on Tyneside

He felt he was being played out of position while Papiss Cisse took the central striker's spot in Newcastle's team.

However, despite his frustrations and
the uncertainty over his future, he has still managed an excellent 13
top flight goals this term.

Pardew continued: 'One thing I don't have to worry about is Demba's mental state. He is one of the strongest footballers I have ever come across.

'He had disappointments in his early career with bad injuries and the way some clubs treated him but he can have no complaints about how we have treated him.

'We have been brilliant for him. I hope he rewards us by staying for another couple of years.'

Demba Ba wants to join boyhood club PSG – despite QPR, Liverpool and Arsenal interest

QPR lead Liverpool and Arsenal in race to activate Ba's 7m clause… but Newcastle hitman eyes up PSG deal

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10:30 GMT, 26 December 2012

Demba Ba has reinforced his desire to move to Paris Saint-Germain despite QPR's interest in his signature

The Newcastle hitman has a 7million release clause that several Barclays Premier League clubs are tempted to activate next month.

Along with Arsenal and Liverpool, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has targeted Ba in the hope he can provide the goals to secure top-flight survival, but all three could be beaten to the striker by mega-rich PSG.

In demand: Several clubs are interested in taking Ba from Newcastle

In demand: Several clubs are interested in taking Ba from Newcastle

‘I look at PSG as a fan, as a supporter,’ Ba said.

‘I have never concealed my attraction to the club as a fan, which I have been since I was little.’

As Arsenal stall, the 27-year old has most recently been linked with both Spurs, while Newcastle’s interest in Marseille’s Loic Remy still remains.

Dangerous: Ba is a proven Premier League goalscorer

Dangerous: Ba is a proven Premier League goalscorer

What has changed since Ba’s childhood days, however, is PSG’s capacity to challenge and to become true contenders in Europe.

They topped Group A in the Champions League and will face Valencia in the last 16 on February 12, 2013.

‘Now they are doing big and important things, and have big plans for the future. Of course I’d like to play in the colours of a team I support.

Thin: Rodgers has few striking options

Thin: Rodgers has few striking options

Survival: Redknapp's looking to spend

Survival: Redknapp's looking to spend

Needs goals: Wenger's Arsenal are struggling

Needs goals: Wenger's Arsenal are struggling

‘As I’ve said where Arsenal are concerned, now isn’t the time to leave the Magpies.’

Alan Pardew praises Shola Ameobi

Pardew praises Ameobi 'the big man for the big occasion' as Toon struggle past Rangers

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20:13 GMT, 22 December 2012

Alan Pardew hailed Shola Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire Newcastle to a much-needed victory over lowly QPR.

The 31-year struck nine minutes from time to claim just the Magpies' second Barclays Premier League win in eight attempts with the game seemingly heading for stalemate.

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Perch, Gutierrez (Obertan 60), Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote, Perch, Shola Ameobi.

Goal: Shola Ameobi 81.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Faurlin (Derry 78), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett 64).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill.

Attendance: 50,180

Referee: Kevin Friend

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Pardew, whose decision to replace
Papiss Cisse with Ameobi 20 minutes earlier had been booed by a section
of the 50,180-strong crowd at St James' Park, said: 'I know the crowd
weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I
just felt Shola… he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes
big occasions.

'It said QPR on the programme but
really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that
calm head – he knows what is demanded here – to produce a quality goal,
and it won us the game.

'I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.

'He could have taken the shot with
his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure
in that area is first-class.'

Ameobi's decisive intervention came
in the nick of time and was greeted by a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside
after he ran on to fellow substitute Sylvain Marveaux's
perfectly-weighted pass before shooting left-foot across keeper Rob
Green and into the bottom corner.

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

It was no more than the Magpies
deserved after dominating throughout but it proved a rare piece of
incision with Pardew's men too often lacking craft to open up the
visitors.

Vurnon Anita forced two second-half
saves from Green, but Tim Krul also had to get down well to keep out
Djibril Cisse's effort just after the break.

The Magpies might have won more
comfortably had Green not beaten away Marveaux's late effort after a
pacy run, but Krul had to ease late nerves by plucking Adel Taarabt's
free-kick from under his crossbar in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Pardew had admitted before the game
that he would not enjoy his Christmas lunch unless he sat down with
three points safely banked, and he was delighted to be able to do so
ahead of a tough Boxing Day trip to Manchester United.

He said: 'The pudding will taste a
little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through
the rack, really, over this last period.

'They have watched some football that
hasn't been our best. But you have periods in your tenure as a manager
and sometimes a season.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

'Last season, we sailed through one or two low moments but not many. This year, it's been a sustained little run.

'But the last five games, two wins in
the last four Premier League games, they are starting to look the right
sort of stats now.

'Now we need to back that up and get a big win against one of the big clubs, and that would really cement us into mid-table.'

Defeat on Tyneside was the first for
QPR boss Harry Redknapp since taking over from Mark Hughes, although he
admitted his side had been hanging on when Ameobi settled the game.

He said: 'I thought we were going to hang on and nick a draw. I couldn't see us winning, but we just couldn't see it through.

'I thought we could hang on for a good point to keep us going, but it just wasn't to be.'

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Match report

Newcastle 1 QPR 0: Shola strikes to ruin Redknapp's run as Toon leave it late to take points

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17:16 GMT, 22 December 2012

Local hero Shola Ameobi came off the bench to hand Newcastle a welcome three points and manager Alan Pardew the perfect Christmas present.

The 31-year-old striker produced an assured 81st-minute finish just as it looked as though the Magpies would have to settle for a draw in a game they knew was a must-win affair.

It was no more than they deserved on a day when they dominated throughout, but too often lacked the guile of injured duo Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Toon hero: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi celebrates scoring his sides winning goal with James Perch

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tiote (Marveaux 77), Perch, Gutierrez (Obertan 60), Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote, Perch, Shola Ameobi.

Goal: Shola Ameobi 81.

QPR: Green, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Hill, Mackie, Mbia, Granero (Wright-Phillips 56), Faurlin (Derry 78), Taarabt, Cisse (Hoilett 64).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Diakite, Traore, Onuoha.

Booked: Ferdinand, Hill.

Attendance: 50,180

Referee: Kevin Friend

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However, thanks to Ameobi, they got there in the end to claim just their second Barclays Premier League victory in eight attempts and condemn Harry Redknapp to his first defeat as Rangers boss.

The match kicked off on a pitch soaked by persistent rain, which showed little sign of abating, but with referee Kevin Friend having had two looks at it and seeing no reason not to start.

As the first half unfolded, there was clearly surface water, but it did not affect the roll of the ball unduly as the Magpies set about the task of winning a game they simply could not afford to lose or even, in the eyes of their manager, draw.

Roared on by a crowd of 50,180, the majority of whom were well aware of what was at stake, they set about their task with relish and dominated the opening 45 minutes.

However, the lack of a final ball cost them dearly as they were simply unable to convert a wealth of possession into goals.

Left winger Jonas Gutierrez was particularly guilty of failing to produce a telling cross on the numerous occasions on which he took aim, while overlapping full-back Davide Santon got into some promising positions down the same flank, but repeatedly picked out a hooped, rather than a striped, shirt.

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

Leaving it late: Shola Ameobi scores to win the game for Newcastle

In the event, Rob Green was as under-employed as Tim Krul despite finding his penalty area repeatedly besieged by the Magpies.

The game started promisingly for the home side with striker Papiss Cisse heading into the side-netting from Gutierrez's cross, although he did so having nudged defender Fabio da Silva in the back first and it would not have counted anyway.

Stephane Mbia was in the right place at the right time to clear Mike Williamson's goal-bound header from a Vurnon Anita corner three minutes later, although the Dutchman's ball was the sole cross of note he or any of his team-mates delivered before the break.

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Fight for the ball: Adel Taarabt vies for the ball with Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Indeed, Green's only real save came with 31 minutes played when he plucked Cheick Tiote's shot out of the air, although there was more than a hint of a cross about the Ivorian's attempt.

At the other end, Krul was effectively a spectator and he was called upon for the first time to field Alejandro Faurlin's corner with 11 minutes of the half remaining before then collecting Djibril Cisse's 43rd-minute scuffed volley.

But in the meantime, Anton Ferdinand had blocked a well-struck effort from leading scorer Demba Ba, who later wasted two free-kicks in quick succession, blasting both high over the bar, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

Midfield battle: Cheick Tiote is tracked by Esteban Granero

QPR produced more inside the opening three minutes of the second half than they had in the entire first with Cisse forcing Krul to turn his low drive around the post and Mbia heading the resulting corner high over.

But as the half settled down, the visitors packed men behind the ball to frustrate their hosts, and were content to try to hit them on the break, a ploy which prompted the introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips as a 56th-minute replacement for Esteban Granero.

Pardew made a double change on the hour, replacing Gutierrez and, to the clear disapproval of the home fans, Papiss Cisse, with Gabriel Obertan and Ameobi in the search for a breakthrough.

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

Getting it right: Harry Redknapp gives instructions from the sidelines

But it was Anita who very nearly made the difference with a 63rd-minute free-kick which Green could only palm away, mercifully for him into a sea of blue, rather than black and white, shirts.

The Rangers goalkeeper had to scramble away Anita's near-post corner two minutes later and Ba saw a shot on the turn deflected for a corner before Ameobi completely mistimed a header as the Magpies made another concerted push.

Ba could not generate enough pace to trouble Green with his 73rd-minute header from Obertan's cross, but when Ameobi's big moment arrived, he was not found wanting.

Sylvain Marveaux slipped the ball into his path on the right side of the penalty area and he steadied himself before curling a left-foot shot across Green and into the bottom corner.

Substitute Marveaux might have added a second two minutes later after being denied by Green, but there was no way back for Redknapp's men.

Tiote will miss the Boxing Day trip to Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the season but even that could not take the smile from Pardew's face.

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

All smiles: QPR owner Tony Fernandes watches on at St James' Park

Europa League draw: Chelsea face Sparta Prague, Liverpool land Zenit, Spurs take on Lyon and Newcastle face Metalist

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: Chelsea face Sparta Prague, Liverpool land Zenit, Spurs take on Lyon and Newcastle face Metalist

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15:35 GMT, 20 December 2012

Europa League draw – selected ties

Sparta Prague v Chelsea

Tottenham v Lyon

Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv

Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool

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Chelsea have been drawn against Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The Champions League holders, who finished third in their group behind Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk as they tried to defend their European crown, play the first leg away against the Czech side.

It will be a return to his former club for Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Ajax or Steaua Bucharest will be waiting for the winners in the last 16 following both draws in Nyon on Thursday afternoon.

Liverpool travel to Russia for the second time this season after being drawn against Zenit St Petersburg.

The
Reds, winners of Europe's secondary competition in 1973, 1976 and 2001,
topped Group A ahead of Anzhi Makhachkala on goal difference.

If Brendan Rodgers steers the Merseysiders through, it will be Dnipro or Basel next.

Humbled: Chelsea won the Champions League but slipped down to the Europa League six months later

Humbled: Chelsea won the Champions League but slipped down to the Europa League six months later

Dutch of class: Patrick Kluivert pulls out Chelsea during the Europa League draw

Dutch of class: Patrick Kluivert pulls out Chelsea during the Europa League draw

Main man: Luis Suarez (left) helped Liverpool top their group ahead of Udinese, Young Boys and Anzhi

Main man: Luis Suarez (left) helped Liverpool top their group ahead of Udinese, Young Boys and Anzhi

What are the chances…

Chelsea 8/1
Tottenham 14/1
Liverpool 16/1
Newcastle 33/1

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Tottenham have been paired with French big guns Lyon with the first leg in north London while Newcastle are at home first after being pulled out with Metalist Kharkiv. The Magpies then face a long flight for the return in one of the stadium's used at Euro 2012.

Spurs winger Gareth Bale tweeted: 'Not an easy draw but a trip to Lyon should be good fun for our fans.'

A victory for Spurs and they will play Inter Milan in the last 16 if the Italian giants see off Cluj. Bale scored a hat-trick against Inter in a 4-3 defeat in the Champions League two years ago and ripped them apart in a 3-1 triumph at home.

Tottenham general secretary Darren Eales expects a tough clash with Lyon.

'It's a tough draw and this is the first time in nine years they've not been in the Champions League,' Eales told Sky Sports News.

Action packed: The full Europa League draw shown on television

Action packed: The full Europa League draw shown on television

Watching brief: Figo, Inter Milan's ambassador, could see his club face Tottenham in the last 16

Watching brief: Figo, Inter Milan's ambassador, could see his club face Tottenham in the last 16

Holders: Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy last year after beating fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao

Holders: Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy last year after beating fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao

'There are a lot of tough teams in the draw. We can ask Hugo (Lloris, Tottenham's former Lyon goalkeeper) the way to go and I think he will be excited about the chance to go back to his old team and play there.

'If we do get Inter if we do get through, two years ago in the Champions League when Gareth Bale got that wonderful hat-trick – that's an exciting game but we have to think about Lyon first.'

And Eales believes Villas-Boas has what it takes to lead Spurs to the European title after he engineered a win for former club Porto during a treble-winning first season in charge which saw his side also lift the Portuguese Cup and win the Primeira Liga.

Hard going: Andre Villas-Boas sometimes found it hard to watch as Spurs finished second in Group J

Hard going: Andre Villas-Boas sometimes found it hard to watch as Spurs finished second in Group J

Eyes on the prize: Amsterdam will host the Europa League final next year

Eyes on the prize: Amsterdam will host the Europa League final next year

He's got the pedigree so hopefully he can do what he did with Porto two years ago and we can go al the way to (the final in) Amsterdam,' he said.

'We want to be playing in European competition. We don't see why we can't have a successful Europa League campaign and do well in the league.'

Alan Pardew admitted Newcastle's adventure in Ukraine will be a trip into the dark.

Asked what he knew about their next opponents, Pardew said: 'Not much, really. I do know it's a long journey, I've had a look at that, and they won their group, so it's a tough agenda for us.

'It's a tough draw in terms of travel; the opposition, I know very little about. I can't even comment on that until such time as we do some studying.'

Anzhi or Hannover will be waiting for the winners of Newcastle's tie.

Holders Atletico Madrid take on Rubin Kazan while former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert pulled his old club out against Steaua Bucharest.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW – ROUND OF 32

BATE vs Fenerbahce

Inter Milan vs CFR Cluj-Napoca

Levante vs Olympiacos

Zenit St Petersburg vs Liverpool

Dynamo Kiev vs Bordeaux

Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica

Newcastle vs FC Metalist Kharkiv

VfB Stuttgart vs Genk

Atletico Madrid vs Rubin Kazan

Ajax vs Steaua Bucuresti

Basle vs Dnipro

Anzhi Makhachkala vs Hannover 96

Sparta Prague vs Chelsea

Borussia M'gladbach vs Lazio

Tottenham vs Lyon

Napoli v Plzen

First legs to be played on February 14, second legs on February 21

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW – ROUND OF 16

Napoli/Plzen vs BATE/Fenerbahce

Bayer Leverkusen/Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev/Bordeaux

Anzhi Mackhachkala/Hannover 96 vs Newcastle/FC Metalist Kharkiv

VfB Stuttgart/Genk vs Borussia M'gladbach/Lazio

Tottenham/Lyon vs Inter Milan/CFR Cluj-Napoca

Levante/Olympiacos vs Atletico Madrid/Rubin Kazan

Basle/Dnipro vs Zenit St Petersburg/Liverpool

Ajax/Steaua Bucuresti vs Sparta Prague/Chelsea

First legs to be played on March 7, second legs on March 14

Newcastle United cancel Christmas party

Ba humbug! Newcastle cancel Christmas party after woeful run of form

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14:55 GMT, 17 December 2012

Newcastle have cancelled their Christmas party as they attempt to end a dreadful run of results.

The Magpies' 3-1 home defeat by champions Manchester City at the weekend was their sixth in seven Barclays Premier League outings, and they head into Saturday's clash with QPR in desperate need of three points.

As a result, the players' customary celebration – they have travelled to Dublin and Glasgow as a group in recent years – has been called off.

Slump: Newcastle striker Demba Ba reacts after missing a chance on Saturday

Slump: Newcastle striker Demba Ba reacts after missing a chance on Saturday

Manager Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: 'It's out of respect to our fans and what we have served them this year. There's no party for us, and the same for the staff. That's how it should be.

'Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we are together, and we are fighting and trying to put it right.

'The fans have to realise this isn't just a game to us, it's our livelihoods and our profession. It pays our bills.

'Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans, who pay good money to come and watch.

'Looking at all those factors, we have not done enough this year. That's why I think it's right we called it off.'

Work to do: Pardew hopes to turn Newcastle's fortunes around

Work to do: Pardew hopes to turn Newcastle's fortunes around

Newcastle slipped to 15th place as a result of their latest defeat and currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However, the spirited fightback they produced against City, coupled with improved displays during the weeks immediately beforehand, has given them hope that they are about to turn the corner.

Nevertheless, QPR's visit to Tyneside is a must-win affair if they are to establish the kind of momentum for the second half of the campaign which provided the platform for their fifth-place finish last season.

The Magpies will head into the game with key midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa facing the next few weeks on the sidelines after aggravating a hamstring problem during the 2-1 defeat at Fulham last Monday.

Alan Pardew targets January signings after Newcastle youngsters fail to shine in Bordeaux

Pardew targets January signings after Newcastle youngsters freeze on big stage

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00:14 GMT, 7 December 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping
to head into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a
significantly stronger squad than the one with which he started.

The Magpies had already qualified for
the next stage of the competition before tonight's 2-0 defeat in
Bordeaux, which saw the French side retain their place at the top of
Group D to secure, in theory at least, a more favourable draw.

Up for it: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate, left, scores against Newcastle

Up for it: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate, left, scores against Newcastle

Match facts

Bordeaux: Olimpa, Chalme, Planus, Marange, Poundje, Ben Khalfallah, Biyogo Poko, Sertic, Saivet, Bellion,Diabate (Sacko 88). Subs Not Used: Keita, Sane, N'Guemo, Maurice-Belay.

Goals: Diabate 29,72.

Newcastle: Elliot,Tavernier, Williamson (Coloccini 74), Perch, Ferguson, Abeid, Bigirimana, Ranger, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi (Anita 46),Shola Ameobi (Cisse 80). Subs Not Used: Krul, Simpson, Amalfitano, Campbell.

Booked: Perch,Tavernier.

Att: 20,000

Ref: Menashe Masiah (Israel).

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Pardew fielded an inexperienced side at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with the likes of Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba all left at home nursing injuries and Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye on the long-term casualty list.

However, he is hoping that by the time they resume their European campaign in February, his hand will have been strengthened considerably.

Pardew said: 'We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.

'I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn't qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.

'It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.

'But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.

'I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.'

Bordeaux, who like the Magpies made nine changes for the game, were in control for much of the contest and after keeper Rob Elliot had made three important saves, took a 29th-minute lead through Mali international striker Cheick Diabate's towering header.

Double time: Bordeaux celebrate the second goal

Double time: Bordeaux celebrate the second goal

Crunch time: Nile Ranger breaks ionto the Bordeaux box

Crunch time: Nile Ranger breaks into the Bordeaux box

The visitors threatened briefly to drag
themselves back into the contest immediately following half-time, but
Diabate's second, a cool finish after being played in over the top,
secured the win.
Pardew said: 'I was a bit disappointed, really. We both played mixed
teams – we had both qualified, which made it psychologically a difficult
game.

'The pitch was difficult. They play rugby on that pitch and it was heavy on the legs.

'I thought they coped better with the pitch, and they were the better side and they deserved to win.

'The truth of it is that a lot of our young players who we played tonight, I was expecting a little bit more.

'We will have a good look at them now because I don't think the
opportunity is going to come around for them again this season unless we
really suffer like we did tonight in terms of who was available because
I didn't leave anyone behind who was fit.

'There was no strategy other than bring everyone who was fit, really, but I did have one eye on Monday, for sure.

'I was just a little bit disappointed that we didn't give it a better go
in terms of trying to retrieve the situation after conceding the first
goal.'

On the run: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate,left, challenges Newcastle's Mike Williamson

On the run: Bordeaux's Cheick Diabate,left, challenges Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Close call: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi has a shot on goal

Close call: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi has a shot on goal

Few of Pardew's young guns enhanced their reputations on a difficult
night, and he admitted some of them might have to prove themselves
elsewhere before being given another opportunity.

He said: “Certainly looking at my group there, I think they need to
learn a little bit more about this game away from the black and white
and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at.

“I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight,
hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the
squad.”

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot admitted he was more than satisfied with
his team's performance on the night and throughout the group phase.

He said: “Of course I am. It's a big satisfaction to win both the game and the group.

“The performance of my team was very good. Everybody played as a team,
everybody knew the principles of the game and of the group mentality.

“I am very happy that the team played as a group and not as individuals.”

Doubling up: Nile Ranger, left, and Medhi Abeid, right, challenge for the ball with Bordeaux's Andre Poko

Doubling up: Nile Ranger, left, and Medhi Abeid, right, challenge for the ball with Bordeaux's Andre Poko

Job done: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fielded an experimental line-up

Job done: Alan Pardew fielded an experimental line-up as Newcastle had already qualified for last 32

Hatem Ben Arfa suffers injury setback but Newcastle upbeat over Papiss Cisse

Ben Arfa suffers another injury setback but Newcastle boss Pardew upbeat over Cisse

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23:21 GMT, 22 November 2012

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was
clearly frustrated after he lost Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa to
injury during tonight's 1-1 draw with Maritimo that saw the Magpies qualify
for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Sylvain Marveaux put the Magpies
ahead midway through the first half and although Philipe Fidelis
equalised 11 minutes from time, Newcastle still reached the last 32.

Concern: Ben Arfa was forced off before half-time

Concern: Ben Arfa was forced off before half-time

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Marveaux, Bigirimana, Anita, Sammy Ameobi (Abeid 76), Ben Arfa (Ba 40),
Cisse (Amalfitano 50). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Williamson, Ferguson, Tavernier.

Goal: Marveaux 23.

Maritimo: Salin, Joao Diogo, Roberge, Marcio Rosario, Ruben Ferreira, Joao Luiz, Rafael Miranda, David Simao (Ruben Brigido 73), Danilo Dias, Adilson (Fidelis 59), Sami. Subs Not Used: Ricardo Ferreira, Luis Olim, Briguel, Rodrigo Antonio, Joao Guilherme.

Goal: Fidelis 79.

Att: 21,632

Ref: Danny Makkelie (Nederland).

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The Tyneside club are second in Group D, one point behind leaders Bordeaux, with the teams scheduled to meet in the final game which will determine who goes through as group winners and thus set for a more favourable draw.

It was bitter-sweet for Pardew though as Ben Arfa went off five minutes before the break with the manager expecting him to miss Sunday's Premier League game against Southampton.

Pardew did not know how long the Frenchman would be out and told ESPN: 'He is not everything for this football club.'

Cisse then limped off five minutes after the break with Pardew revealing: 'He got a kick on the thigh and we thought he might stiffen up over half-time which he did.

'We think he has a good chance for Sunday.'

He added: 'We are just having blow after blow.

'We are going to have to wait and see on Papiss and I think Hatem will miss Sunday.

'We didn't have enough attacking flair to keep the ball and put the pressure on.

'It gives the other team a lift and we didn't have enough getting down the sides and attacking play.

'We needed to get a result and got that and got through.

'I look at this competition – with a sticky second half today but otherwise I think we have been excellent.'

Worry: Newcastle's Papiss Cisse went off as a precaution

Worry: Newcastle's Papiss Cisse went off as a precaution

Cool finish: Newcastle United's Sylvain Marveaux scores the opening goal

Cool finish: Newcastle United's Sylvain Marveaux scores the opening goal

Worth the wait: Marveaux, left, opens his account