Mike Ashley Outlines European Ambitions For Newcastle United

St James’ Park owner wants a return of European football every season to the North-East.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley wants his club to be involved in European football every season.

Ashley took over in 2007 and has endured a nightmare reign at St James’ Park including death threats from irate fans.

He has brought the club back up from the Championship at the first attempt but has grander ambitions than just avoiding relegation.

He has put the club up for sale but has planned a long-term strategy for the club that includes taking the team back into Europe.

Newcastle last played in Europe during the 2006/2007 season, when they reached the last 16 of the Uefa Cup.

This will put more pressure onto Alan Pardew who could only watch his best player, Andy Carroll, being sold in January.

More departures are expected in the summer with Jose Enrique, Joey Barton Steven Taylor all rumored to be on their way out.

“Mike knows where we should be in four or five years,” managing director Derek Llambias said. “We want to be challenging for Europe every season.”

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