FOOTBALL | MARTIN HARDY
Newcastle want James Maddison but need five signings for Champions League
The fans will count down the days until August 31 when they will find out who the other three teams are in their group
They sang about going to Italy, they sang about the Champions League and all the while Newcastle United edged their way back to Europe’s top table.
Newcastle’s supporters will dream of trips to Madrid and Barcelona. Anything is possible now. They had filled St James’ Park with black and white flags and club crests from the 1980s before kick-off, but in 2023, it is a club moving forward, not looking back.
Qualifying in the first full season of new ownership is testament to the job done by Eddie Howe and his staff. He was serenaded on the lap of honour. St James’ Park was still packed. “Brilliant memories,” he said. “It feels amazing, it really does. To share that moment with the supporters at the