There seems to be a healthy scepticism with Newcastle fans, since the club was promoted last Monday night, during a Geordies party at St. James’ Park with Sheffield United the invited guests.
This is Newcastle United – healthy scepticism about next season
Since Monday night there has been lots of exhilaration shown by Newcastle fans all over the world, but the bravado of the past seems to have gone.
Nobody is saying the club will set the Premier League alight next season, and most of us just want Newcastle to survive next season.
That will be a lot better than we did last season, when some of our whimpy players didn’t show the fight and spirit that has to be the bed-rock of the Newcastle United club.
But those whimpy players departed in the summer, and those who were left on Tyneside, amid the devastation of last July, wanted to be here.
This season, that fight and spirit is back in bucket-loads, as players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith have in no small way completely transformed the Tyneside club.
With an unlikely, but nevertheless successful manager (so far) in Chris Hughton – who choked up after the game on Monday night when he tried to talk about the Newcastle fans – has transformed the club this season in his image.
It’s hard to think how any manager could have done better at Newcastle this season, with 89 points from 41 games, and 26 wins with a goal difference of 48.
But the pains – let’s rephrase that – the devastation of relegation last year has made the Newcastle fans less ambitious of late, at least for next season, and we have out feet firmly on the ground.
With the honest players we now have though, we have to be quietly confident we can survive next season, and even exceed expectations, just a little bit.
But we’ll have to wait and see on that one – but Newcastle fans cannot wait to entertain the likes of Manchester United again next season.
It will be more than interesting to see how we will do in games like that.
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