TONY Pulis has told Newcastle to stop fretting and enjoy their return to Europe - even if it is in the Europa League.
United’s swaggering defeat of Stoke has returned them to Continental competition in one form or another next season, ending a five-year exile for the Magpies.
It will also mean a potential change in direction for Newcastle, with Alan Pardew admitting that a European campaign will test his resources to the limit.
Stoke certainly appear to have suffered for their journey into the last 32 of the Europa League, their lowly league position supplemented by a poor performance at St James’ Park on Saturday.
However, Potters manager Pulis (pictured right) is unequivocal in his belief that Europe is good for a club.
“I looked at the team sheet and I didn’t think Newcastle’s squad looked that small. Whatever you do don’t dismiss Europe,” he said. ”Hopefully they’ll get into Europe and they’ll enjoy it, I’m sure.
“If they get into the Champions League then it’s a fantastic achievement for them and I really mean that and if they don’t and it’s the Europa League, they’ll enjoy that as well.
“It’s a fantastic tournament. If you do it right you can be successful. We got to the last 32 and we loved it. We really enjoyed it.
“The team that knocked us out (Valencia) are now in the semi-finals.
“It’s a great, great tournament I think and you know for clubs like Newcastle, Europe at St James Park – I’m not using the other name – it would be absolutely fantastic.”