Lee Clark, a local lad and the former Newcastle player and coach, is also just like the rest of us Newcastle fans, and is more than happy with the way Newcastle have played this season, and the position the club now occupy at the top of the Championship.
Lee Clark – Huddersfield manager and Newcastle fan
And Clark has been talking to the local Evening Chronicle today about the Newcastle club:
“This season Newcastle have done well to avoid drifting away.”
“They deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved and the players and the staff have been magnificent.”
“It is hats off to all of the players and staff there.”
“They were in a shocking situation at the start of the season, and the way that they have responded and been so professional has been tremendous.”
But Lee also feels that investment and a further regrouping at the club will be vital, as he continued:
“They have to regroup again and build up the squad for next season. All of that is far from easy.”
“I don’t think any team which goes up as Champions from the Championship can just do what we did back then and go straight into the top four of the Premier League.”
“Next season they will have to keep it steady.” “We would all love to see Newcastle back into the top six or eight, but the reality is that will be very difficult indeed.”
“They can rebuild, and if they can find a mid-table position they can then build on that the next season.”
“If they go into it on that basis it could be deemed a success for Chris Hughton. I think Chris and Mike Ashley will come together in the summer and bring in the right people.”
There seems a certain type of positive energy at the moment with Newcastle fans, especially as we are getting hints as to who Chris wants to bring in to strengthen the squad this summer.
From we’ve seen he’s targeting some decent players, like Jamie O’Hara and Tom Cleverley.
If they can be as successful in the summer as they were in the January transfer window, then we’ll be in good shape.
Both Ashley and Hughton are well aware that the squad needs strengthening and we think they’ll get the job done this summer.
We hope so in any case.
And don’t hold your breath waiting for Ashley to sell the club as is indicated in a rather daft story in the Daily Mirror this morning – about Newcastle players’ wages being reduced next season – there’s just no way Ashley is selling now.
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