Glenn Hoddle recognises the importance of our back-to-back clashes against Newcastle United in the Premiership.
We travel to St James Park for a televised encounter this afternoon (2pm) and the Toon Army travel to the Lane for the return just a month later on Wednesday January 29 (7.45pm).
Bobby Robson's men finished in the fourth Champions League spot last season and having negotiated the qualifying stage, have managed to progress to the second group stage.
Domestically they are in the European shake-up again, currently ahead of us on goal difference in seventh place having played a game less.
Glenn "We've got them twice in quick succession, on Sunday and then back at the Lane later on and we've got to say that Newcastle are one of the teams that if we are going to achieve anything, then we're trying to take their place.
"We're battling for a place in Europe so maybe there is even more of an edge to the game."