It Has To Be Onward And Upward For Newcastle From Now On

It’s just 11 days before all our players gather back for pre-season training a week on Wednesday.


Steve Harper –  we need to forget about last season and move on

And we mean all our players since we have still to sell one player over the summer, but of course Owen, Viduka, Edgar and Cacapa will have departed the club the day before pre-season starts.

And the first player to come up and talk about the new season is our longest serving player Steve Harper, who told the Evening Chronicle:

“We can’t reflect on last season now – that’s gone.” “It’s done, and it was done as soon as the final whistle went at Aston Villa.”

“At Villa Park it was a dreadful situation. But it’s done now and we have to look onwards and upwards.”

And the last 4 weeks have been perilous for the Newcastle club, and the club has had no manager since Alan Shearer’s contract ran out on 24th May – the last day of the season when we were relegated at Villa Park

So it’s not at all clear who will be at the club to welcome the players back, but this is now the second season in a row where our intial plans for the season have been in disarray under Mike Ashley.

Last season we lost Kevin Keegan after just 3 league games and really never recovered from that. We had a good pre-season last year, but then everything went into disarray with the loss of Kevin.

Now it seems Ashley is determined to leave the club without allowing the club to prepare properly for the new season – since he will not appoint any manager. And because of his incompetence on Tyneside, he should not be allowed to ever own a football club again, and if he does – watch out!.

The sooner he leaves the club, the sooner Newcastle can recover from this hopeless owner, and that’s being rather kind to Mike.

Steve continued:

“It looks like they are going to have a new manager, as we will hopefully.” “It’s the toughest start.”

“West Brom will be one of the favourites, along with ourselves.” “That’s the last away game we won, so hopefully we can do the same.”

“Hopefully we can do the double over them again.” “It will be tough, but it’s a fantastic football ground to start at.”

“The Hawthorns is a great place – their fans will serve up a great atmosphere, and I am sure ours will too.” “It would be nice to get off to the best start.”

The rest of the Championship clubs seem to have been looking forward to the prospect of playing Newcastle next season, and this was summed earlier this week by the Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw, who said after the fixture list was released:

“I think we all looked for when we get Newcastle.”

But we cannot use this as any kind of excuse, because it’s really a compliment in that we should be a very good team in the Championship – but notice the use of the word should – and nothing is ever certain in life or in the Championship.

It’s nothing that the top four in the Premier League don’t get in every one of their games, but that’s what happens when you get to be successful and have a good side.

Of course if Newcastle flop next season that anticipation by other clubs will soon diminish, and certainly the team, and Alan Shearer, if he finally takes over, still have a lot to prove next season.

Steve continued:

“We’ll be a scalp.” “The big club going down will be a cup final for everybody.”

“Everywhere we go, we have to make sure we are up for it.” “It’s going to be a massive challenge. Everybody I have spoken to says how tough it is.”

“You have two games a week and everybody is fighting to get into the Premier League – and that’s what we have to do.”

One way to look at next season is that if we have time to get a decent team together and actually start to win games, the home crowds at St. James’ Park ill grow, and it looks like the away games will give these clubs their biggest attendance of the season.

Yes, we could be a big fish in a much smaller pond, but that’s probably better than being a small fish in a big pool – it gives us a little feeling of success in any case – or it could.

We would hope that what happened to Juventus a couple of years ago when they were penalized and relegated for financial mishandling at the club. They kept some of their stars and came straight back up winning the Italian second division rather easily at their first attempt – and yet had the same problems Newcastle will be up against.

And in the Juventus case of course, their demise had nothing to do with the players, unlike the situation we had at Newcastle last season.

But clubs looking forward to playing against you, that’s what happens when you are successful – so it wouldn’t be too bad for the Newcastle club, and certainly let’s not complain about it or say that will be hindrance to our chances next season.

That kind of thinking never got anybody anywhere – that’s the kind of thinking that will get a team relegated.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Mac

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    AAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH I am sick of this entire situation

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I would not discount that any potential new owner may offer subject to manager being in place.

    Sit back lads and wait – as hard as it is to do!!

  • Spoonman

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the opposite is true, we need to make sure that we don’t forget about last season. That way we can ensure that our club is never in the same position, with despicable owners and players.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    For the life of me I CAN NOT understand why we’re letting Edgar go on a free. We need people like him! Young, bright talents with a passion and determination to get the club back up.

    If Bassong is buggering off to his dream club then let him, but don’t let a player with just as much potential go aswell on a free.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle in Cola Leg = Man Utd in BPL ?

    Think again?

    Are we as organise as Man Utd?

    We shall see.

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #6

    he doesnt want to re-sign andy , doesnt want to stay on the bench , cant blame him like

  • Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I think its pretty obvious that Ashley doesnt give a toss now that he’s bailing out having sunk the ship!! I have no doubt that he’ll pocket the money from any transfer that goes through before a new owner takes over – as he has done in every window ssince he arrived!!!

    A new owner is desperately needed as soon as it can possibly happen to make sure their new manager (wether Shearer or not) is given the maximum chance to get things organised for the new season kicking off.

    The longer thing go on the way they are now, the more difficult it will be to get the new season off to a half decent start, to have any chance at all of bouncing straight back up to the Premier League.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Wolves went up on what 77 points? Its possible but we will have to kick championship ar$e!

    At the mo its a shambles – lets hope this will sort themselves in the next few weeks – expect nowt from the club til say this time next week – then no guarantee’s of anything though.

    Unless Lee Ryder & Luke Edwards can find somit.

    I think Nicky Butt will keep the spirits high in the training ground – in the absence of a manager or perm captain and Im sure Nolan will help too.

  • chuck

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #9

    With the present situation who knows where we will be a year from now.
    The club has as of now retained a majority of highly recompensated players, these guys have to be unloaded along with the attached wage bill .
    There has to be a beginning of the rebuilding process, face it we are not Juve and there are no guarrantees.
    I believe it will be a slog with everyone targeting a win against us, certainly would`nt want the job.
    Unless of course we end up with an owner who is
    prepared to spend a decent amount on players.
    Anyone expecting instant promotion better think again , with all of the problems we face.
    Even Boro are in a better position, no bonuses to pay pre arranged wage reductions if relegated etc.
    So thanks a lot Mike you sure did a number on the club and yourself, what were you thinking ?

  • Mag 48

    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    There’s that word again “Fight” we heard a lot of it last season but saw precious little of it on the pitch.Lets just hope we are going to get organized sometime soon to give us half a chance.Someday this nightmare will be over.


    Jun 19, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Another day of silence from No New(s)castle United getting a wee bit pi$$ed 0ff now 🙁

  • Spoonman

    Jun 19, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #12


    Edgar as much potential as Bassong? You must be joking.

    Bassong has the kind of pace, power and composure on the ball that Edgar could only dream of having.

  • HarryWorth

    Jun 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Edgar is shite.

  • Sav

    Jun 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Ashley, to his shame, saw the sale of great players Shay Given and James Milner whom we should have been building a team around. Looks like that man is gonna cost us more favourites, such as Bassong and Martins.
    If that’s what it takes, so be it.
    Just hurry up and get the hell out of our club. You and Llambias, Wise and Jimenez have been nowt but a poison.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #15



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