It will soon be obvious how a Championship team has to run its business, and no wonder there is such a gap between Championship sides and Premier League sides – and that gap is money.
Nicky Butt – key man for Newcastle next season
It’s fuelled by the amazing revenues the world-wide TV rights bring into Premier League clubs, and it’s the most popular football league in the world – and the best too. Yes, we’ll get some arguments from out Scottish friends up north – we know. 😀
But Newcastle will not get any of that money next season, but we do this season, based on whatever 3rd bottom gets – in fact we believe the relegated teams get the same amount.
Job number one next season has be to get out of the Championship and back to the Premier – but we shouldn’t assume that will be a piece of cake either.
However, if we can do that then next summer Alan can do what he should have been doing right now – building an excellent Premier League side.
When you think we needed just 6 points of the last 18 to survive and couldn’t do it, it’s humbling to say the least. But we didn’t do it and we are where we deserve to be right now – in the Championship – so we’ll just have to get on with it.
It will surprise a lot of fans that Alan sees Harper, Butt and Steven Taylor as the spine of his side for this coming season. If that’s the level Alan is thinking we should forget about promotion right now.
Nicky Butt? The man is in his last year of a contract and he’s 34 years old heaven’s sakes, and has already lost his legs, as Alan has even admitted to. So we don’t think this will help the mood of Newcastle’s supporters one little but.
Hey, maybe the Championship is so hopeless that Nicky will be a star again – and we can be like Manchester United in the Premier – now there’s a thought – but we know that’s not true.
We are not getting at Nicky as a person, or even as a player either – because we know full well he is very experienced and that will help us next season – no doubt about that.
And Nicky has the heart of a lion – too and Alan will have the squad fitter than ever, before the start of next season so that after 45 minutes of play – they will not be worn out – as we are told they were last Sunday. Please excuse me while I go and vomit in the toilet.
Important players to us for next year would have included Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, and Andy Carroll plus some others. And of course our great youngsters in players like Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Haris Vuckic, Kazenga KuaLua and the like, could now come through to the first team much quicker that they would have in the Premier League, and it will give the youngsters some good experience.
In fact this season will be a big chance for our top youngsters at the club.
And the Journal is saying that Doncaster Rovers’ midfielder Brian Stock may be a target – but we have never seen the 27 year-old play so we cannot say too much about him. Have any of our readers watched Brian?
Some familiar names from the Championship are starting to pop up again as potential summer targets – such as Sheffield Wednesday’s left-back Kyle Naughton, and striker Simon Cox, of Swindon. We profiled 22 year-old Simon of Swindon Town last January, and he’s a prolific striker at the lower league levels, and could even score in the Championship we suppose.
The Journal also mentions 30 year-old Jason Scotland of Swansea City – but what scares us about most oif these players is they couldn’t hack it in the Premier League, and we’d need to rebuild most of the squad again if and when we are promoted.
We would hope that Alan will hold onto more players at the club who have proven they are completely committed to Newcastle United like Harper, S.Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Guthrie (he should be great next year), R.Tayor, Duff and Seb Bassong – if we can keep him.
What will be interesting is how many new players Alan will bring in – and if that is restricted – then that will tell us he has every confidence in the great youngsters at the club. That could save the club millions and millions, and we’d also like to see the Youth strategy continued, but even expanded under Richard Money.
It’s already starting to pay off because it’s hard to argue against the success the policy has already shown.
It may be an exciting summer, or it may also bring us right down to earth – given the type and quality of players Alan can attract to the club. If we can be like Manchester United in the Championship, maybe we can attract some of the best young players – and that would be good.
But it’s clear we will have to cut our coat according to our cloth – and the cloth available to us now isn’t as good as in the Premier League – but that’s what happens when a bunch of gutless players get the club relegated. 🙁