We have the results of our poll today on Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season and the results are positive – probably too positive.
A full 60% think we can finish in the top 6 and 73% think we can finish top 6 or better (top 4 or top 2). A whopping 96% think top 8 or better (that includes top 6, top 4 or top 2) .
That reflects a more positive sentiment among supporters since Sam finished closing some good deals in the transfer market last Friday.
But are we being too confident? We will still have to be patient when things get challenging again – which they will. Anyway it feels good to feel good about Newcastle 😀
- We showcase Lee Clark’s coaching role at the club and how we need more youngsters to start coming through at Newcastle and cementing their places in the first team. We were told by Roeder that everything was great with the youngsters but a damper was put on that when Sam announced in mid-August that our academy let the whole of their final year players go without signing a single one of them as a professional.
Of course we’ve also heard different opinions from Sam – one example is our world class training facilities at Benton which were labeled little more than a converted squash club by Big Sam. But all this has to change and we need to ensure we get the best youngsters into the club – and we’re sure Sam’s worldwide coaching setup will help that.
We think Lee has a big job at the club and if the reserves do well in their league (win it!) and several additional players have been made ready to play (and have played in the first team) by the end of the season – his job has been done and done well.
Coach Lee Clark – important coaching and development role at the club this season
- We have the results of our poll on Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season and Newcastle fans are positive on the outlook for this season. A full 60% think we will end up in the top 6 and 73% think it will be top6 or better. 23% think it will be top 8 and 96% think it will be top 8 or better. 12% think we’ll make top4 and 13% think top 4 or even better. Early comments are already saying that we’re being too confident and setting our expectations are too high.
Hey – what’s new – we think big and Sam thinks big, so we expect Sam to deliver the goods this year and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve that. The goal has to be to get back into Europe but it’s hard not to be optimistic when you look ate the players Sam has brought in. The stats are good because in 5 games we’ve won 3 and drawn 2 – and already had 3 clean sheets – hard not to be positive after that and Sam (and captain Geremi today) has said things will only get better once the new players are introduced and the players gel better. Here’s the results of the poll – we got 991 total votes – thanks.
- I’ve written an article for SoccerLens today – which is our sister site. It’s a longer article than usual and not only talks about Newcastle’s re-emergence but also that we believe the perennial top 4 will be finally broken up this year.
An interesting fact is that if you look at the top 4 over the last 4 years, then of the 16 places up for grabs – 15 were taken by Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Only Everton in season 2004-2005 broke into the top 4 placing 4th knocking rivals Liverpool down to 5th place (shame on them). We also point out that Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham and probably West Ham can also be challenging this year – in addition to Newcastle of course. Feel free to comment on the article at SoccerLens – last time I looked there were no comments.
David Moyes – Everton only club to be top 4 in last 4 seasons other than you know who
- Some good down to earth comments by our captain Geremi as he’s setting a good example to the rest of the squad. He says some positive things about Newcastle. He thinks it’s a good start with so many new players in the squad. The danger had been to have taken a few games for the new team to gel and therefore had a shaky start. But we’ve managed to make a solid start, which has raised our expectations. Geremi echoes Sam’s sentiments that things now should now get better once the players get used to each other. Geremi also points out that being captain doesn’t mean he’ll be in the first team every week and he says that is completely dependent on him producing the goods in every game he plays. Good example to the rest of the squad – well said!
Geremi – Newcastle captain positive on future and setting a good example to squad
- We published an article yesterday afternoon ion Shay Given and Shay being quoted as saying he needs to speak to manager Sam Allardcye. We agree with that – and until he does what’s the big deal? (Probably not much news around).
The press are trying to play this as a pending confrontation but we don’t think it is -in the least. We resisted even writing about this story because we didn’t think there was anything in it and the press were just trying to stir something up. Anyway we published it – but only to say we thought it was tripe.
There’s an old stable of our diet when we were growing up in Newcastle (tripe and onions) 😀
Shay Given – Newcastle’s top class goalkeeper for 10 years – no problems
- Our new site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for.
SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s Bilal’s site here.
- Finally here’s some choice football quotes. These are to lighten up the day 😀
“When he was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.” – Bobby Robson on Paul Gascoigne
“Maybe not goodbye, but farewell.” – Bobby Robson
“Everyone’s got tough games coming up. Manchester United have got Arsenal, Arsenal have got Manchester United and Leeds have got Leeds.” – Bobby Robson
“Being given chances, and not taking them. That’s what life is all about.” – Ron Greenwood
“I don’t hold water with that theory.” – Ron Greenwood
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