Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pardew in push for Euro place

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits teams have to be pushing for the Champions League if they are to retain their best players.

The Magpies have lost France internationals Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy to Paris St Germain and Arsenal respectively since the turn of the year with both clubs able to offer them European football.

However, Pardew is hopeful that the additions of the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere will allow the club to compete for a top-four finish once again.

He said: "If you don't make the Champions League, then the big teams come for your players - look at Southampton.

"We are pushing every year to try and build to hopefully get to a stage where we make it without losing our players.

"We have pitched in and signed players that we think give us a chance to push for Champions League.

"We have already shown we are much better covered offensively than we were after Yohan Cabaye's departure.

"We have options, more options to come in and it is going to strengthen my hand to tactically change the team."

Ugo goes to Spurs

Tottenham have appointed former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu as the club's new Under-21s coach.

Ehiogu, who has been working at the club's academy on a part-time basis, played 240 times in the Premier League for Villa and earned four caps for England.

The 41-year-old will be assisted by Matthew Wells, who is a former Spurs youth player and steps up from coaching the Under-15s, the club announced on their official website.

Earlier this week, Tottenham announced former captain Ledley King has also been handed an official role with the academy.

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