Geordie grief a bonus for Boro

Last updated : 18 April 2005 By Reggie Holdsworth

For once our Geordie neighbours have done us a favour. By failing to reach the FA Cup final it is highly probable that England’s three UEFA Cup places will be given to the teams finishing fifth and sixth and seventh in the Premier League.

Champions elect Chelsea qualified for the UEFA Cup by winning the League Cup but will be playing in the Champions League next season. Arsenal and Manchester United will now contest the FA Cup final, with both teams all but mathematically qualified for the Champions League, neither will play in the UEFA Cup.

Boro’s chances of qualifying for the UEFA Cup have increased significantly. However, you can rule out fourth spot, and a Champions League position, even fifth and sixth spot are looking more unlikely.

Boro’s best and most realistic chance of qualifying has got to be finishing seventh, which would appear to be a battle between ourselves, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Charlton. If Boro can pick up three points against Fulham tomorrow night it will put Boro in pole position, amongst the four.