Newcastle United are delicately placed in the league, being 2 points off 3rd bottom but only 6 points off 7th place, so a good run of form in the next couple of months could see us challenging up the league.
Joe Kinnear – still making progress at Newcastle
Of course the opposite is also true, with 14 clubs separated by only 10 points, and we’ve got the most competitive Premier League in years.
Joe Kinnear seems confident he can help Newcastle climb the league as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m proud of what we have achieved so far, and I feel we can build on it.”
“I am only looking ahead and only look upwards, and I think we can get a respectable finish because this division is just so close.”
“When I first arrived we had just four points.” “We were 10 points behind Middlesbrough and 10 points behind Sunderland.”
“We are making progress and I think people can see that.” “If you look at the situation compared to everybody else, we have pulled a lot of teams back.”
Our squad however is now down to the bare bones again, and that’s not for the first time this season. This month will be vital if we are really going to strengthen the squad by bringing in some good new players.
It’s hardly going to be easy since it seems a lot of our targets are in the Championship, with clubs who are locked in the promotion race.
“We have been brought down to earth a little bit after the Christmas games.” “We could not chop and change a lot because of the injuries.”
“Then we had a game against Liverpool that didn’t agree with us because we had a threadbare team out and we are up against it to get an experienced XI out at Hull at the weekend.”
“We had 10 players out over 48 hours, and whereas Liverpool had the luxury of making six changes, we were playing people who were half fit.”
“I could have dropped in a few kids but you can’t just do that against Liverpool.” “The result has hurt us a little bit in terms of goal difference and it almost became damage limitation.”
“But we can’t dwell on it any longer, we are only looking ahead to Hull City.”
How well Joe does this season will determine if he stays on as manager at the club past the summer.
But he has a great opportunity to show what he can do, and of course we’ll be hoping Joe is very successful, and can take us up the league.
It’s probably too much to ask that we can qualify for Europe next season, but the major thing is to improve the team, so we can build for the long term success of our club.