Alan Pardew is determined to help Newcastle secure a top-six finish and bring European football back to St James' Park.
The Magpies are well on course to hit that target, with a five-point gap separating them from seventh-placed Liverpool.
A top four push could still be on the cards on Tyneside, with the UEFA Champions League places only five points away.
Pardew is reluctant to set his sights that high, but admits he will be doing all he can to achieve qualification for continental competition.
Asked if he would be disappointed if the Magpies did not make it, he said: "No, no, because if you look at Liverpool's run-in, it's definitely favourable to ours, and their squad is bigger, so I still think they are in the box seat for that position.
"I would be very disappointed if we finished below eighth, for sure. Top eight, seventh, sixth.
"Sixth is Europe and there's a great chance of that, and we want to try to take it."
Newcastle have 11 games in which to keep themselves in contention, and Pardew is hoping fortune favours them over the coming weeks.
He said: "We have got ourselves into a great position.
"A lot of clubs can't go for Europe - probably only seven clubs are going to make it now. There's an outside chance of an eighth club getting involved, but I doubt it.
"Liverpool are already in it [they qualified for the Europa League by virtue of their Carling Cup triumph], so if with five [games] to go they can't make the Champions League, their focus could slip.
"Kenny [Dalglish, Liverpool manager] might take the option of playing a few young players, which might open the door for us, so there's lots to happen yet."