Paul Bracewell – who played for both Newcastle United and Sunderland, says confidence among the Newcastle players is high as they prepare for this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Paul Bracewell – former Newcastle and Sunderland midfielder
Paul, who is now 45, has the unwanted distinction of never winning the FA Cup, but playing for the losing finalists on four occasions, in 1985, 1986 and 1989 with Everton and in 1992 with Sunderland.
Paul said today:
“It’s important to go into the week with confidence high. I’ve spoken to a lot of people lately about Kevin and as a player you know exactly what he’s about.”“One thing that was the same for Newcastle the first time, as well as at Fulham and Man City – he gives the players a vision.”
“Don’t forget the players have changed and the club has changed, but he hasn’t changed his style.” “The team is playing this 4-3-3 formation and Kevin will be wanting to finish the season as high as possible.”
“I know there were people who had doubts when he came back, but Kevin has turned it round in his favor. The three up front is exciting but it is well structured. You have players like Nicky Butt who know their job and give the team some protection.”
It’s very true that Kevin wants to finish as high up the table as possible and if we can get 4 wins in our last 4 games or even 10 points from those games we’ll have a good shot at overtaking Tottenham and West Ham, and at least finish in the top half of the table.
But it’s wins and 3 points that will be important in the run-in, no more of these draws like we had at Portsmouth, which set us back a little on Saturday.
If we can finish the four games with a winning streak it will also set up nicely the summer transfer season, and surely Mike Ashley will give Kevin the cash he needs to ensure European qualification next season. We certainly hope so.