New Watford boss Malky Mackay, who was appointed earlier this week has no doubt been perusing the competition in the Championship for next season, and thinks Newcastle United will be very strong next season.
Malky Mackay – newly appointed Watford manager
Mackay believes Newcastle will be in for a culture shock when they kick off in the Championship next season on August 8th, but we don’t think Shearer, if he is the manger, will be taken anything for granted next season.
Alan knows that the club has failed miserably last year, and they will need to earn the fans’ faith once again by at least playing with some heart, courage and effort, and if we can start doing that from the start next season, we’ll not go too far wrong.
Of course we are assuming at some point in this latest Newcastle soap opera that somebody will get around to appointing a manager so some pre-season preparation work can start.
After all we do have at least 13 players to unload before the end of August.
Mackay – who spent 10 years in the Championship as a player – feels that Newcastle should have a squad capable of bouncing straight back to the Premier League as he said today:
“It’s been a while since they’ve been at this level so it will certainly be different for them,”
“But having said that, with the size and the strength of the squad they have there, on paper they should certainly be very strong.”
“What they do need to do quickly is appoint a manager who can then stamp his personality on it, whether that is Alan Shearer or someone else.”
The 37-year-old, who was a former player at Vicarage Road, was the outstanding candidate after the club received around 50 quality applications for the vacant post.
When you look at the turmoil going on at the club it’s disheartening, but Malky may be right in that we have the basis of a good squad for next season.