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Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe won’t look down on life in Europe’s so-called lesser competitions

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe wants to make it clear just how much of an accomplishment it would be for the Magpies to get into either the Europa League or Europa Conference League next season.

For the last fortnight, any lingering hopes of getting into the Champions League were extinguished by the poor performances for English clubs on the continent meaning that fifth place in the Premier League won’t count as a place at football’s top table. But Howe has no hang ups about dropping into either of the other two tournaments next season.

Already, there is talk of the impact of playing on a Thursday night and games being shifted to a Sunday while the bulkier format of next season’s UEFA competitions will make for more matches. But Howe is only looking at the competitions as an opportunity and said: “It would be a great achievement for us. I am very keen to build and maintain the momentum we have had in recent years.

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“Last season was a huge achievement to get Champions League football. This season has been difficult with injuries, so if the players are able to achieve that qualification for Europe, I think it will be outstanding.”

United head to Burnley nursing more injury issues with both Fabian Schar and Tino Livramento requiring treatment. But there could be some positive news as Miguel Almiron and Joelinton edge closer to a return.

Newcastle might take a step closer to Europe without kicking a ball on Thursday night if Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea to push them out of contention. While points beneath them will be dropped one way or another as Chelsea and West Ham meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

If Newcastle can see off Burnley at Turf Moor they will be classed as overwhelming favourites to finish at least in seventh spot. United will also temporarily jump into sixth place if they draw or beat the Clarets as Man United don’t play until Monday night away to Crystal Palace.

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