Newcastle 9-2 Favorites To Get Promoted From Championship

We would have expected Newcastle to at least be near the top of the betting,  in being able to get out of the Championship at our first attempt next season.


Newcastle will have the Championship insignia on the sleeves next season
But the very last thing we should be doing is expecting it will happen, or going into next season over-confident.

If we do that we could emulate Sunderland of two seasons ago (2006-2007) when they lost their first 5 games in the Championship, before bringing in Roy Keane to change it all around, and they ended up winning the league by 2 points over Birmingham.

No, after the ignominious departure from the Premier League last Sunday, a huge dose of humility linked with reality is in order for this season – and we should not expect that it will be easy – it will not be.

And Peterborough defender Craig Morgan has stressed this today – and believes Newcastle will find it difficult to achieve instant promotion back to the Premier League next season.

Newcastle are now 9/2 favourites to win the Championship next season, after being relegated on the last day of the season, but Morgan thinks that will be a poor bet.

The 23-year-old is really looking forward to playing at the majestic St. James’  Park stadium, as it will be one of the biggest stadiums the promoted Peterborough club will have ever played at.

Morgan told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph last night.

I watched the game against Villa and even though it was the last throw of the dice for them, they never really looked like getting anything from the match,”

“St James’ Park will be a difficult place to go to as they will have a large crowd behind them and if they do get some momentum early on I’m sure they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

“But the Championship is a very tough league to get out of as many big teams have found in recent seasons.” 

Good words from Morgan, and by the end of August when we should be 6 games into the league, and have a better idea how we will do next season.

One thing is for sure – if we get 6 wins, the Newcastle stadium will already be a sell-out so early in the season, and that will help lots of things at the club, including our finances.

And that’s not to even mention the spirits of the loyal Newcastle fans – which would be soaring high indeed – to say the least. 😀


Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    May 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    We will go strength to strength in Champoionship, but I think we will get promote or not depend on the long term plan and our preparation now.

    Are we ready ? I don’t think so, for now.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    People are making out the Championship to be harder than the Premiership ffs.

  • batty

    May 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    ED sorry m8 ithink we wil do it easy


    May 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I think with the right manager get rid of the deadwood and build on a youthfull but experienced team we can pull it off

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I think it’ll take us two seasons to get out of the Championship.

  • Sav

    May 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    It will be that difficult – those aren’t generous odds at all because for one thing, we will be practically the only side in the Fizzy Pop with a totally new team. I’d guess that 5 or 6 of our players will be new. That means they will have no experience of playing together – a huge disadvantage against battle-hardened troops from the Championship. Furthermore, we don’t look as if there will be fantasy cash to spend on a new squad, regardless of whatever Shearer can wrest out of Ashley. And finally, not only will we have a complete rookie manager and a backroom staff still finding out where their lockers are, but Al and Dowie can have had virtually no opportunity to form a contingency plan for relegation or to decide which targets are ideal and available and affordable now we are relegated. Had we stayed up, the targets would have been totally different to the loan deals and stop-gap players we’ll need for the Fizzy Pop.
    We need to get real. There are no trampolines where we are headed, only an escalator going further down. With the best will in the world, we are starting with a helluva disadvantage.
    Furthermore, its a balancing act to maybe get rid of the likes of Oba and Bassong in order to buy maybe 4 reasonable players with their transfer fees, or keep the quality to prepare for life back in the Prem….?!

  • Little Willie

    May 30, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #7

    The difference in class between the Premiership and Championship is massive, you just have to look at how the likes of Chopra and Nugent stood out in that division to see the difference in standards.

    If Shearer can’t get us out next season then he should give up management for good.

  • mylestoon

    May 30, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #8

    The championship is harder! much harder! You havr to fight and scrap for every point! in the premiership its pure skill and tatics. The championship is a league where you get battered around and a lot of the time tactics go ou the window.

  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    It will be in some respects. Everyone will want to beat us more than ever. We will be one of the biggest scalps this season and teams will try and frustate us in our home games.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    17 teams think they can get promoted,3 fight to survive…every game is like a cup final and teams need balls not ballerina shoes.

    Our kids which I think will play a big part will be eaten alive and out muscled.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 30, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Little Willie // May 30, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    If Shearer can’t get us out next season then he should give up management for good.


    I would say that if Shearer gets us a top half finish next season he’s done a fantastic job.

    Don’t underestimate the mess this club’s in and the scale of the rebuild that’s now necessary.

    I think we will eventually come good, but it’ll take us a season to adjust.

  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    oh and benny i didnt know spurs wanted to take barton off our hands 😀,19528,11661_5355464,00.html

  • Little Willie

    May 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I would say that if Shearer gets us a top half finish next season he’s done a fantastic job.

    Don’t underestimate the mess this club’s in and the scale of the rebuild that’s now necessary.

    I think we will eventually come good, but it’ll take us a season to adjust.


    You have to be joking.

    The Championship is a walkover, look at Sunderland with Keane in charge and how he got promoted with an awful side with players like Nyatanga, Varga, Nosworthy, David Connolly and Dwight Yorke ffs.

    How many players from Wolves, Birmingham or Burnley would walk into the team we put out last season? Kightly and Larrson would be fighting for a place on the right but that’s about it, it’s just sub standard football.

    Some players will go but some will stay, Taylor will go from being an average premiership centre back into one of the best in the league which shows the difference in quality.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 30, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope you are right Little Willie !
    Hope we get some good players in to replace the current wasters.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15


    Will the Championship be a ‘walkover’ for Boro and WBA too?

    If so, then we’re in at least a 3 horse race.

    If not, why not? And why will it be easier for us with a brand new manager and sweeping changes to the squad than for Boro or WBA?

    I hope you’re right in your predictions but I fear you may be being too optimistic.

  • magpies1

    May 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    looks like joey barton wants to stay but cant see it myself.,16368,2483_5355482,00.html

  • Doocey

    May 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Barton won’t be a Newcastle player for too much longer,
    At least we’re favorites in our league!

    Need to buy and sell as soon as the window opens though.

  • True fan

    May 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    i want barton to stay, quality midfielder but terible attitude, hopefully no one bids for him and i think he well do well in championship, plus, he owes us

  • Little Willie

    May 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Boro and us will come straight back up with WBA pushing for 3rd, at least we’ve got players saying they want to stay with us like Taylor and Beye who will be two of the best defenders in the Championship next season, I haven’t heard anyone say they want to stop at Boro and I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up buying Adam Johnson off them in the Summer to replace Jonas.

    I expect Shearer to replace whoever he gets rid of with some good young British players as well as promoting some of our youth to be regulars in the 16 man squad, he will balance this by bringing in one or two old heads.

    Just my opinion of course.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m sick of Barton now TBH.

    I recognise he’s a good player but he’s had enough chances.

    It would just be a matter of time before he screws up again IMHO.

  • Doocey

    May 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    True fan // May 30, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    i want barton to stay, quality midfielder but terible attitude, hopefully no one bids for him and i think he well do well in championship, plus, he owes us

    I think he could’ve been a great player and backed him up until the Shearer incident. Now I think he’s had his chances and can go find another club.

  • Johno Toon

    May 30, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Think barton is a great player but think its time for him to go , but then again you could argue with his bust up with Shearer atleast he showed some passion tho a little misguided!

    Dont think the championship will be as hard as people make but dont think we will walk it either , with the right buys we should get promoted

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Willie, as I said, I hope you’re right.

    I don’t think the gulf between Championship and the bottom 5-6 teams in the Premiership is that huge though, or the 3 relegated teams would just be coming straight back up most years.

    I think what narrows the gulf a bit is the different demands of the Championship (rather then mere footballing skills), which newly relegated teams have to adjust to pretty quick.

    Were it not for the fact that we’ve got to let go of and replace so many people, that we have a brand new manager and back-room staff and that the club has lacked stability for so long, I would probably agree with your assessment that we should be bouncing straight back.

    I’m just trying to explain why I have doubts about us ‘bouncing’.

    I’m not being deliberately pessimistic though – I do think if we don’t get promoted next season then we will the season after.

  • Johno Toon

    May 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    I also think its a different sort of football down in the championship , this might sound disrespectful and i dont mean it to sound as bad as it will but from what i see is there is alot of physical teams like stoke hull etc so we will have to adapt and match them exp away from home and i think that is where we could get into some trouble

  • Ross

    May 30, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    I think it will take us a couple of seasons in the Championship like. Its a tough league but maybe its the wake up call we need.
    As for Barton, i love how Willie Mckay just insists he’s staying with Newcastle, like he could tell Shearer or whomever else is in charge otherwise. Hilarious, the lads a complete crook like.
    Also, been reading over the Articles you’ve written regarding the youngsters Ed..with quotes from the likes of Kadar, Ranger, Krul etc. Is it just me, or are these young lads alot more honest and straight talking than half the older lads in the first team?..its a complete breath of fresh air like!, i’ve said in the past and will continue to say that after getting over the disappointment of relegation slowly, im actually starting to become canny excited at the prospect of buying young hungry players who actually want to play for us, along with seeing the likes of Ranger, Kadar, maybe Vukic etc in action.

  • Mag 48

    May 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #26

    The truth is at this point in time we have not got a manager nor a team.We have got an owner and a chairman Fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind.Several championship teams are right now fine tuning there teams.While we who need a major overhaul are talking about what might happen Nothing has happened (just like tranfer windows!) Oh my mistake Ashley said sorry!!
    Its actions that are needed NOW!!!

  • ian

    May 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Yes we are favourites based on the brilliant signings since Ashley took over.

    Bassong was Keegans choice, Beye Sams choice everyone else was rubbish, they reckon we will have a quality championship squad??

    They must know something we do not about a new owner of the club. We havent even secured two or three existing players for the championship, all eyes in the premiership will be looking for our bargain players and knobbling their agents right from the last whistle when we were going down.

  • magforlife

    May 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Next years league is more about commitment and desire ,pace and power, so that is why he is going to retain a handful of players. If the players coming in match Shearers passion we will do ok, read comments by bully boy Neil Warnock saying it was comical us being relegated, it wont be half as funny to see him jumping about the touchline like a demented tasmanian devil when we spank Palace with those comments in mind.

  • Johno Toon

    May 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #29

    magforlife i hate neil warnock he is a f**king d***head and i would love to beat several shades out of him,

    I would be confident we can get promoted first time of asking as we should ( cant belive im writing this ) have the best defense in the league.

    I dont think we will be minted but surely we have enough money to buy a few wingers and a striker who can get 20 plus goal in the championship

  • komfort

    May 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #30

    we can speculate about next season til we’re blue in the face .. but the fact of the matter has been summed up by mag 48 @26..


    May 30, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    All i’m scared about is us doing a CHARLTON/LEEDS if we don’t get promoted this season I would be very afraid!

  • magforlife

    May 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Watching everton/chelsea and i hope this isnt the Howard Webb final, what a preening self appreciating tosspot, makes Graeme Poll look like a decent bloke.

  • hitman

    May 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    go on everton

  • Toon_Factor

    May 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #34

    go on Chelsea

  • hitman

    May 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #35

    bollox TF dont want a cocknee club winning,lol

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Loathes of players will undoubtabily leave in the summer, but i’m VERY surprised how many players are announcing they want to stay.

    A realistic team next season( BTW this team is from our current players no new signings)





    I think that team is very strong and should at least gain a play off place next season, BTW the youngsters will not get shoved off the ball and out muscled we’ve seen in u21 games what Ranger can do and Carroll needs to prove nothing. Kadar is one of the most highly rated defenders i’ve heard about from our youth system since Steven Taylor and LuaLua has come on in many games and impressed and as for Vuckic well his many awards already tell its own story

    Oh, and does anyone think Guthrie will stay? If he does he should replace Butt, but i doubt Shearer will leave his pal out of the team. I think this is Butts last season in football

    My player of the season ………………………………………………………………………………………showed signs of a future captain definately!…………………………………………………………………………I think you know who i mean……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..STEVEN TAYLOR!………………….

    Gives more than enough to this club and deserves an award 😉

  • Toon_Factor

    May 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Turkish Magpie

    If Butt a starter next season then I will instantly write off our chances of promotion.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    TF i would prefer Guthrie to Butt any day, but this seasons vice captain probably wont be dropped by Shearer

  • The Alchemist

    May 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Butt should be one of the first out of the door. He’s on 60k a week ffs.. more than Barry, Fellani etc. Vuckic is totally unproven… does he even start for the reserves? We need to buy young proven championship players and blood our reserves slowly. guthrie will do well in the champ..

    We should loan Martins to florintina with an option to buy for 10 mil if we dont come up. As many have said if we come straight back up we wont be able to attract a striker of that quality straight away.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    May 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #40

    It might be too arrogant or disrespectful to the other teams chasing promotion next season if we were to say that Newcastle will get promoted at the first attempt.

    I wish we can be promoted at the first attempt but we should not undermine the Championships. There are reasons why the club got relegated, and for those reasons, the club might not be good enough even for the Championships. It could take some time for us to get back up again. I don’t really like the odds of us going back up, too flattering and again, the players might think they are too good for the Championships when they are not.


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