No – Newcastle Will Not Hammer Manchester United Next Season


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.

Comments very welcome.


6 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Just heard that Sir John Hall is suffering from incurable cancer, sad news indeed.

    As for next season we just have to wait and see…. Ashley has to realise now that he must protect his investment in the club by keeping them in the prem this time.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Of course we will Ed. Not only that we’ll do the double over them !!!

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  • pubcat

    Apr 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Also, if we GET hammered by Man Utd/Chelsea etc – which of course is the much more likely scenario – there is no shame in that! Of course we’ll fight all the way, but I certainly hope expectations are far less from Toon fans next season. Just so long as we show guts and spirit with a little skill & flare thrown in, that’s all we should ask.

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  • Toonpiper

    Apr 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I just hope Owen plays for Manure at SJP next season so we can let him know exactly what we think of him!

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I can see Owen at Blackburn next year…

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  • tripp

    Apr 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #6

    to be honest, I never saw relegation as devastating. It was a chance for a rebirth. Never thought we’d have turned it around like this though. What a season. Let’s face it, if we’d stayed in the prem, we’d still be shite, probably sweating out rubbish season. We’re a much better team this season, even if we lost some of our more talented players. Are finances are more sound and people’s expectations have been corrected by the harsh reality. All good things in my book.

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