The results of our poll on Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season are complete and it appears that Newcastle fans, at least those who are readers on the Newcastle United Blog, are now even more confident that Newcastle can finish top 6.
Seems like the positive start to the season – 3 wins in 5 games and 3 clean sheets – have convinced readers that Sam is on the right track – and we still have new players yet to be introduced into the team.
Let’s take a look at the poll results and we’ll make some comments and conclusions.
Sam Allardyce – has had early success at Newcastle and fans more confident on future
Here are the results of our poll in which we received a total of 991 votes.
A good 73% now think we’ll finish in the top 6 or better (top 4 or top2) and the real positive stat is that 96% of our readers think we’ll finish in the top 8 or better (top6, top4 or top 2). Assuming teams above 8th place win both domestic cup competitions this season then a top 8 finish should be enough for Newcastle to qualify for the UEFA cup.
That’s really Newcastle’s goal for this season. Not only to build a much stronger team on the field and more overall strength in depth, but to get back into Europe for next season. Then when next summer rolls around, we’ll be that more competitive in the transfer market. We’re sure some players Sam pursued in the last 3 months didn’t arrive at Newcastle because we couldn’t offer European competition, and we need to qualify every single season from now on.
We’ll then be able to offer European football to our targeted players, which we couldn’t this year – and yet still attracted players used to playing in those competitions, such as Beye, Cacapa, Geremi, Enrique, Smith and others. Roll on next summer.
Comments very welcome.