Newcastle boss Pardew pleased with Europa League draw

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is delighted with their Europa League group draw. The Geordies were pitted against Club Brugge, Bordeaux and Maritimo in Group D yesterday.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is delighted with their Europa League group draw.

The Geordies were pitted against Club Brugge, Bordeaux and Maritimo in Group D yesterday.

And boss Pards reckons supporters are going to have fun on a European tour that will take them to Belgium, France and the Portuguese island of Madeira.

He said: “It’ll be a great experience. The big bonus is that Bordeaux’s a great city and so is Brugge.

“I think our fans might like Madeira as well so they’ll be pretty happy about it.

“That’s what it’s all about and I’m sure they’ll come out in their numbers, support us and have a great time.

“It’s a great draw in terms of the travelling because they’re all pretty accessible.

“The competition is strong, as you’d expect, but it could have been worse. Logistically we have to be pleased so we’ve escaped a little bit.”

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