French influx gives fresh impetus as Pardew relishes European adventure
NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew is ready to launch a concerted bid for Europa League glory as he gears up for their toughest test to date.
The 51-year-old has spent the campaign trying to manage the twin demands of domestic and continental competition while also coping with an injury crisis which has seen them flirt with the Premier League relegation zone.
However, returning casualties and an influx of French blood during the January transfer window significantly strengthened Pardew's hand ahead of tonight's last-32 clash with Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv.
"Hopefully we can get through this tie and if we get through this tie, and hopefully get a couple of favourable Premier League results, suddenly we can really look forward to it," he said.
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