Having watched the last two European League matches involving Liverpool, Arsenal and the two Milan sides this week, it puts into perspective where Newcastle are in today’s football hierarchy – nowhere.
Kevin Keegan – can he qualify us for Europe next season?
Watching those sides has shown we are miles away from a European Champions league place, and indeed we may still have a struggle this season to even stay in the Premier League.
We don’t have a big squad but we are also suffering from being just a mediocre team, because we’ll play just 43 games this season., one of the lowest number of games in a long time. But when you don’t qualify for Europe, and don’t have good runs in the two local cups in England you don’t play many games.
We’ll play 43 games this year, and will not play many more than that next year, since again we will not even qualify for Europe’s second class tournament, the UEFA Cup. As an example with last season, we have played 43 games through the end of February and ended up playing 55 games in total, 12 more than this season. Even is we go all the way next season in both cups, we’ll still only play about 50 games, so we hardly need a huge squad, at least for next season.
Maybe Newcastle do need to ignite the Geordie fans with a win on Saturday because this season has been little less than a complete and utter disaster.
But watching those great European games in the last two days, has shown just how far we have fallen in the football world, since Bobby Robson left the club. To be more accurate since Bobby was sacked from the club.
We don’t see any reason why the top players on display, would ever want to join Newcastle, they would have too much to lose in terms of playing in Europe. We just have to do something next season to finish in the top 6, which is what most of us thought we’d finish this season – how wrong can you be.
Keegan has a hard job ahead of him, but we’d be happier and more convinced of success if Alan Shearer joins him as assistant manager in the summer.
But whatever happens, it’s still a long road ahead for Newcastle. Also the reason given for the sacking of Robson after 3 successive seasons in the top 5 now looks more comical every day – 5th place in the league wasn’t good enough.
But is also indicative of some of the stupid decisions the club made while Freddy Shepherd was at the helm. At least progress has been made by Shepherd not being in control now – that’s real progress, at least off the field. We now have better people at the top – so we can only hope – and pray – things can be turned around – quickly.
But there’s no doubt the club have let their loyal Newcastle fans down badly in the time since September, 2004, when Bobby was sacked.
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