Former Newcastle Youth Academy graduate Peter Ramage, who left Newcastle for QPR last summer, has warned Newcastle United they will be made to fight for every single point in the toughest league in Europe in Peter’s opinion, following their relegation to the Championship.
Peter Ramage – QPR regular
For some reason Newcastle are the early favorites for promotion from the Championship, yet Ramage knows his former club are going to be a team that every player will look forward to playing against next season.
“Newcastle are going to be a massive scalp. Everyone I’ve spoken to over the summer, at QPR or other Championship clubs, that is the first thing they mention.
“Newcastle are going to be the big boys in the division and that is going to cause them problems.” “It really will be a cup final for them, home and away, every single game. Everyone will want to beat them and every player will raise their game that little bit extra when they are facing them.”
“It certainly isn’t going to be easy and I think it’s vital they get a good start.” “Newcastle are arguably the third biggest club in the country if you look at the fanbase and they are in the Championship. Some players won’t get that opportunity to play at St James’s Park again and they will want to make the most of it.”
“We actually watched the Aston Villa game out in Las Vegas and as soon as Newcastle lost the game, all the boys could talk about was playing them next season and how great it will be.”
“Obviously, as a Newcastle fan, it will mean a lot to me personally and I can’t wait, but it’s the same for every player in the Championship.”
It was a good move for Peter as he got the regular play he wanted, and didn’t get at Newcastle, but last season Peter played 34 times for QPR.
QPR could be one of the teams who could challenge Newcastle for a promotion place, but Ramage also said it was hard to know who would emerge as challengers to Newcastle.
But Newcastle have to get their house in order quickly, if we are to launch a successful attack to get promoted next season.
“For me, the Championship is the toughest league in Europe because every game can be won by either side. It’s definitely the most unpredictable league and that’s why it’s hard to say who Newcastle’s main rivals for promotion will be.”
“If you look at last season, QPR were expected to do well and we were disappointed with where we finished. Having said that, we were still only seven or eight points off the play-off places so that shows you how tight it is.”
“Everyone can beat everyone else. We beat both Wolverhampton and Birmingham City at our place and we drew with Reading twice.”
“If you look at Plymouth, they were in relegation trouble, but they beat Wolves at Molineux and nobody expected Burnley to do well, let alone win promotion.”
“I think the three relegated teams will be the ones to beat again, like they are every season, but then there are the likes of ourselves and Sheffield United who should do well. And one team will come from nowhere to challenge, like Burnley did last season.”
Ramage is pleased with his move to London, and while Peter was never endowed with great skill, he is a real fighter and gives 100% in every single game, as you would expect from a player born and bred in Ashington. 😀
That’s something that was missing last season from a lot of Newcastle’s players, and we paid the price, but hardly deserved to stay up with some of the insipid displays from the team this year.
“The move has been an excellent one for me on a personal level. When Kevin Keegan told me last summer that I wasn’t likely to be a first-team regular I wasn’t going to gamble and stay.”
“In the end, given the lack of cover they had in defence, I may well have played a fair amount of games, but I don’t regret the move at all, despite the fact I played under four different managers last season and QPR didn’t have the season we thought we were going to.”
“I played more than 30 games for the first time in my career and the move has been a successful one both on and off the pitch. I’ve really enjoyed living in a new place and meeting new people.”
“Can you imagine what it would be like if we both need something from the game and QPR go up and keep Newcastle down? It would be intense for me to say the least. I might end up being the new Graham Fenton!”
Once Newcastle get a new owner and a new manager, hopefully within the next week, we will be able to start preparations for the new season, but we are already way behind other teams, thanks to current owner Mike Ashley.
We just don’t understand this man, and he has even seemed to be spiteful in not appointing a manager since we were relegated, and that in itself has guaranteed we are now in a terrible state of unpreparedness for the upcoming season. Mike must have to work very hard to be so stupid for so much of the time during his two years on Tyneside, which thankfully is coming to an end.
We have sold no players yet and brought none in, and we still have at least 9 players to move out in the summer, because we just cannot afford the sky-high wages in their contracts.
We ask Mike not to let the door hit him on the way out of Newcastle.
Once that happens Newcastle fans’ latest and last nightmare under Mike Ashley will be over.