Newcastle legend: We won’t qualify for the Champions League

Mick Quinn has given his opinion on Newcastle United’s season.

Quinn is best known for his spells with Newcastle and Coventry, with the latter club bringing him a return of 10 goals in his first six games.

He first moved to Newcastle in 1989, and he scored four goals on his debut in a 5-2 victory over Leeds United at St James’ Park. His first season on Tyneside was crowned with the title of Football League top scorer - with 34 league goals netted - and it was undoubtedly his best period of goalscoring form. His second season brought a return of 20 goals, although he failed to live up to those heights later in his career, suffering an injury in 1991 which ruled him out for much of the Magpies season - a season which almost ended in relegation to the third tier.

It was in the late stages of 1992 that Quinn moved to Premier League side Coventry, but he has remained a hero at St James’ Park ever since.

Writing in his column in the Chronicle, 52-year-old Quinn gave his opinion on the Magpies current season, believing that it could be one of the greatest campaigns in recent history.

He said: “We can finish in the European places. We can reach the Capital One Cup Final. If this happens, it could be one of the greatest seasons in recent history of the football club.

“I am beginning to dream. I surely can’t be the only one.”

Despite Quinn’s praising of the Newcastle side, and believing that they can end in the European qualification places, the former striker did admit that qualifying for the Champions League is not going to happen.

“Can we stay up there?” he added. “Yes, but we won’t finish in Champions League places.

“The likes of Arsenal will get themselves sorted out in the second half of the season, I would imagine.”

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