Newcastle successfully sealed their champions league spot on Monday evening after a goalless draw against Leicester City a side that is battling relegation.
Eddie Howe’s side have had a remarkable season, building on last year’s 11th place finish as they continue to go from strength-to-strength under their Saudi-backed ownership group.
The Magpies have played in Europe’s premier club competition on three previous occasions – 1997-98, 2002-03 and 2003-04 – but they have never got past the group stage, with their last foray in 2003-04 ending in the third qualifying round.
Given Newcastle have been fighting relegation over the previous five years and haven’t competed in Europe, it is unsurprising they are expected to be put in the bottom pot.
This is a challenge that Man City faced originally after first qualifying for the competition in the early 2010s.
The group stage is set to get underway on September 19 2023, before the final takes place at Wembley Stadium on June 1 2024.
Newcastle is currently 3rd on the log with 70 points just 1 point above the Red Devils in the 4th position.