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. 😀