Tiote eyes Euro return

Cheick Tiote

Ivory Coast and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote says the club are capable of sealing a return to European competition this season.

Newcastle finished fifth in the premier League in 2012 to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

However, last term saw the club suffer a major decline in fortunes as they ended the season 16th.

Tiote told the Evening Chronicle: “At the moment we are in a good position. We are happy because last year it was not the same.

“Now we can try to win every game. If we keep trying that we can gain a Europa League place or even a Champions League place.”

Despite his confidence, the Ivory Coast international is not underestimating the challenge Newcastle face over the remainder of the season.

“It is going to be tough because there are a lot of good teams in this league,” he added.