There’s no doubt that Newcastle have better players than most of their Championship rivals this season.
Jose Enrique – players were to blame for relegation
But that could have also been said last season in the Premier League but as we found out it doesn’t do much good if the players are not willing to fight and scrap during games.
The players had little fight or spirit last season and the club deserved to go down in the end, while having passing up multiples chances to escape the drop.
The squad has quality but of course is paper-thin, and we need moire players, and when we get our usual blight of injuries, we will not be equipped to keep winning games this season.
José Enrique, is one of last season’s players still at the club due to a combination of wanting to stay on Tyneside to rectify things, and there being no suitable offer made for him over the summer.
Jose said today:
“It’s definitely a worse league than the Premier League,” “It’s long ball most of the time for big strikers.”
“There are more quality players in the Premier League and it is easier to play in the Championship because the standard is worse.”
“Sometimes in the Premier League you lose 1-0 and your opponents have had one chance. It’s so difficult. In the Championship, that does not happen.”
“That does not mean getting promotion will be easy. We have many more games and there are five, six or seven teams who have very good squads and will be challenging.”
One of the many good things Chris Hughton has done since July 1st, when he took over again for his 3rd stint as caretaker manager, is to ensure the lads know this will be a long season, and not to get carried away with the good results, and he’s had some success in that area.
“Newcastle are a big team in there, one of the best,” he said. “But in this division any team can beat any team.”
“We thought we would win at Blackpool before the game, but we didn’t and look at all of the little teams in the Carling Cup this week who did well against big teams.”
“If we play together as a team we can get out of this division. The reaction at places like Blackpool is not friendly, it’s all about three points. It’s the same at Wigan or Manchester United as well though.”
“It has been difficult to accept that I’m a Championship player, but we are there for a reason. It’s our fault, not the club’s or the fans. We are to blame.”
“Last year was not good enough, I made mistakes, everyone did. We need to get back to the Premier League – and that is up to us.”
It certainly is up to the players and they need to do their talking on the field.
Last season the players when interviewed before games would tell us how they were going to do this, that, and the other and ended up doing none of them.
Talk is cheap of course, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and today that has to manifest itself in all 3 points at Ipswich.