One of the things that has made Newcastle a very good side in the Championship this season, is the work ethic and team spirit that has blossomed in the Newcastle team this season.
Shola Ameobi – celebrating with fellow Newcastle fans Monday night
That work ethic was non existent last season and the turmoil with the Kevin Keegan departure hardly helped things.
But it seems that one of the miraculous things that new manger Chris Hughton has done, is settle the club down, and the lads now make 90% of the headlines by what they do on the field of play.
That has not always been the case with Newcastle over the last 15 years or so.
Shola Ameobi feels that what has happened in the last 10 months is great, and we cannot slip back into mediocrity again.
This is what Shola told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It’s great to get promotion but to win the Championship with two games to spare, the whole of the club, the fans, everyone can be proud.”
“For me it’s very emotional in terms of last season’s disappointments. To get back up first time is something I will cherish for the rest of my career and for the rest of my life.”
“As a Newcastle fan, I have been part of this as a player, and I feel it is a real honor just to be part of that. After the partying we are under no illusions, we know that it will be difficult.:
“We came down last year and will have to strengthen. I am not the manager, I don’t want to delve into his business, that’s his job.”
“But I know there’s a core of players right now and we will give everything we have got. We didn’t have a God-given right to win this league, we have had to give every ounce of effort to win it and that’s what we will be trying to replicate in the Premier League.”
And to get back to the top flight is almost a miracle in our view, but the lads have put in an almost perfect season.
29 wins and 98 points after 44 games, with 21 clean sheets 4 defeats and 87 goals scored seems almost a miraculous season to us.
There’s also a good chance that Newcastle win their last 2 games, and will remain undefeated at St. James’ Park for the first time in 103 years.
Shola continued about getting promoted at the very first attempt:
“I don’t think as players we doubted it.” “We knew we had the quality and if we applied ourselves we knew we could come back up.”
“There were eyebrows raised and people talked about us doing a Leeds, dropping down the divisions.” “But the belief in the dressing room has always been the same. We knew we had the quality to win the league.”
“We knew it would be tough with the likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and obviously Forest coming through.” “But we have shown the real steel and the endurance, which has been lacking in recent seasons. That will hold us in good stead next year.”
On Saturday the team will play their last game of the season at St James’ Park against Ipswich – and the game has been sold out for over week now and the partying will continue on Saturday afternoon – and we look forward to when the lads get presented with the CC Championship trophy after the game.
“We knew if we won the last three games we would be champions and we wanted to have that trophy handed to us at St James’ Park in front of our fans,”
“It will mean a lot to have them all there. That’s what carried us through.” “We wanted to show the fans that trophy and it will be a great day for us.”
“What we have done is won a trophy for this club and that’s not happened for a while.” “It’s only the Championship trophy, but as players and as fans – you can see how much it made everyone happy.”
It’s good winning a league but what we look forward to is winning another league – that begins with the letter “P”.
But whether that will happen in our lifetimes is now very uncertain.