Neil Warnock Thinks Newcastle Will Do Well In The Premiership

Chris Hughton was delighted to get all 3 points yesterday afternoon at QPR, but admits that in the first half Newcastle rode their luck.

Chris Hughton – we rode our luck in the first half a little

A delighted Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It feels great. The game summed up a little bit how we’ve been. It wasn’t one of our better performances.”

“We rode our luck in the first half. But we’ve always got something in the locker. When we’ve needed to get a goal we have got one and that has been part of the story of our season.”

“100 points was the least of the targets we wanted to achieve, but it will be wonderful for the lads to manage this.”

“This club is used to doing it at a higher level, but that takes nothing away from what these players have done.”

A great end to the season yesterday, there’s no doubt about that, and but for that Ipswich last minute goal a week ago, Newcastle would have finished the season with a 9 game winning streak.

But it was not to be, but we still won 13 of our last 17 league games and drew the other four, following our 3-0 defeat at Derby County – that’s not a bad way to end the season is it?

And new QPR manager Neil Warnock said that he thought Newcastle have been far too good for the rest of the Championship this season.

Neil believes Newcastle only need a few players to have a very good squad for the Premiership next season, as he reflected after the game:

“We brought two kids on and they brought Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands onto the pitch. That said it all really.”

“I was talking to Chris before the game, they need two or three quality players rather than five or six.”

“They don’t have the money to do more than that. It’s all about getting the right players for his jigsaw.”

“I am looking forward to seeing how they get on. I think they will do well.”

Good words from Neil, who will himself be looking to rebuild his own side over the summer with some deft signings, as will Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    May 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s easy really,…


    Can you imagine Messi and Carroll up top?! lol

    On a serious note, I think we’re ok defensively with Colo, Taylor, Williamson and Kadar – we need another left back for sure.

    I still think we desperately need a real qualty creative midfielder, someone who can make space for themselves then spot a through ball – although, Barton, to be fair, has done this twice recently and on form can be that player.

    Another winger with pace and a good cross.

    Up top, Carroll will always start – so who with him? Ameobi…don’t think so, not often anyway, too wasteful.
    Ranger…nope – though I’d start him.

    Can’t see us getting a new striker though, unless someone is sold.

    So, a left back, a winger and a creative midfielder.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Nice words from Neill but he’s a marmite type of person and if his team had lost the game that maybe could’ve saved them or gotton them into the playoffs then he would say nothing but bad things about Newcastle

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we need

    LB- cover 1-2mil/Loan (Van Aanholt)
    RB- starter Free/3-5mil (Seb Larsson or buy a CB and move STaylor RB)
    Winger- Starter or cover 1-5mil ( Anyone)
    ST- Starter, someone with Prem experience or a prolific goalscorer 3-8mil (Albin/ Tuncay)

  • valle

    May 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Edd Case… You dont think Løvenkrands are good enough for our team?!?!… Jeez some people

    And what kind of players did you expect us to sign to replace Løvenkrands?

    Ranger as well, the kid is only starting out and you have already written him off.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Loven is good. I quite like neil warnock, he is a pain in the ass but a very passionate bloke who is also a realist.

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Lovenkrands is fine – he should start every time!

  • shek2k9

    May 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    would anyone like obafemi martins bakk

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes. I would like Martins back if we was prepared to play for about 30,000 a week and available for about a couple of million quid! Cos matey’s that is Ashley’s vision for NUFC.

  • Spuggy

    May 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Just looking at our team, if needs must we could keep Williamson as CB and move S Taylor to RB. Or try Collo as DMF and move S Taylor to partner Wiliamson.

    However, we must buy a proven premiership goalscorer – all top teams have the – Drogba, Torres, Rooney, Defoe, V Persie etc….

    I think we should buy 3 top quality players, with most of the money spent on the Striker. Santa Cruz would be a good punt, hardly gets a game. I think we have enough in midfield to cope if Barton can hold it together, esp. is we can develop Vuckic. Sooooo:

    Top class striker – Santa Cruz
    Top class Defender – can play across the back 4 with 2 good feet.
    The rest can be just for cover/competition.

  • shek2k9

    May 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    martins and carroll up front would be a good partnership

  • Spuggy

    May 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Wouldnt want ANY old players back – we need to buy young, and develop talent.

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I still worry that CH will bring in certain age players who will act to block younger players coming up into the first team. Anybody think it worth a look at Danish and Norwegian players? Anybody for a dash of Greek?

  • Spuggy

    May 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Just looking at Man City who will no doubt spend big again…..

    Micah Richards
    Santa Cruz
    M Johnson (injured)

    Hardly get a game of late so any of these would be worth a punt for us.

  • Spuggy

    May 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh and Ireland too

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Turkish Magpie, Larsson isn’t right back;) He’s not enough quality in any position though imo.

    As i said in the previous article. The optimal would be:

    Speedy attacker with a good goal ratio.
    Right back to take Simpsons place.
    Left back to cover for Enrique. Preferably a young talented one.
    Speedy and creative central mifielder.
    One or two wingers.

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    and we should say goodbye to:

    Butt (although he is welcomed in the staff)

  • boater

    May 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #17


    a williams,


    MG pederson,
    Ki Sung-Yong,


    jeremain lens,
    bryan ruiz

  • boater

    May 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    newutd,, you and your bloody little list of who to get rid of. Butt is RETIRING FFS. Hall and pancrate are on loan, Shola is staying like it or not.

    put your pitchfork away ffs.

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    hahaha, what? To be fair btw, I said who we should say goodbye to. How does is matter that they are on loan or retiring?

    Why? I write what I want, and I write what I feel is the best for the club. I’m not saying they ARE going away, i’m saying they should.

    Why do you want Shola to stay? In that case, why?

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Do you want Shola to stay?*

  • MrT76

    May 3, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    I think some people on here need to get a grip as far as who they think should sign for us and where they think we’ll finish next season. Let’s all be realistic please! The Keegan days are gone! The Robson days are gone! Even during those two heady periods, off field turbulence was never far behind and in the periods during and since, the reputation of the club has taken an almighty hoofing. Clubs like everton, fulham, spurs and, dare I say it, even the great unwashed from down the road, have surpassed us, establishing themselves as well run clubs and therefore a more attractive proposition for the best players. If we, as fans, march towards the new season expecting us to steal a march on other clubs and sign players of the calibre of Ireland, Richards, Altintop, et al, then I’m afraid we’re gonna end up mightily disappointed, which will then breed contempt towards a manager who does not deserve it. Let’s please move away from these high expectations as it’s going to take at least two seasons of consolidation before we can seriously expect to be challenging for anything.
    I would desperately love to be proved wrong on this issue, but for now let’s all just enjoy the moment.

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    And boater, Pancrate is not on loan. Get your facts right.

  • RetroBiscuits

    May 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #23


    Well said exactly what i am thinking.

  • Bucks mag

    May 3, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #24

    I would definitely go for Perch, I thought he was excellent when he played against us at SJP. We could get him for a few million, he’s 24 atm and he can play anywhere.

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Bucks mag.

    Perch was definitely great against us, but that was his only really good performance for Forest this season. Almost all of the players, except Perch were mentioned in “who has been the greatest player this season”-thread on a Forest-forum. Has been benched a lot aswell,

  • boater

    May 3, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Bucks Mag – good call Perch. Also Connor Whickham from ipswich who looks like a serious prospect at 17.

  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #27

    totally agree with you,but the dizzy press are just as bad if not worse.some of the gunk they dredge up is hilarious,what makes it worse is some people actually believe too long in the tooth to think we are going for any type of player other than prem journeymen or cheap foreigners while FAT CASH is in charge

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Ashington-born Mark Cullen got his first start today for Hull – and scored.

  • Spuggy

    May 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #29

    I dont think the players I mentioned from Man City are unrealistic, they hardly get a game and may be available for less than we think, City don’t exactly need cash do they.

    And they may want to play regular football. We have to buy at least 1-2 quality players that are BETTER than what we have, otherwise its bye bye premier league.

    A couple of good Man City players for 20 million would enhance our squad massively. Thats not breaking the bank. Its buying smartly on players that will enhance what we have already.

    My opinion and I’m sticking to it.

  • MrT76

    May 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30


    Yes the press are bad, but seriously, what do you expect from them. If you want to pay attention to any journalists, then George Caulkin from the Times is about the only one worth while. The rest of them love to portray us all like the knuckle dragging numpties who jump out of the woodwork whenever the sky tv cameras are around. Seriously, I think they ship half of them in because I refuse to believe there’s that many unemployed people on Tyneside who have nowt better to do than turn up en masse whenever there’s a press conference. Waving their shoes about.
    Balls to the press. Balls to their stories. Balls to their opinions.

  • MrT76

    May 3, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31


    Sorry dude, didn’t want to make you feel like I’ve singled you out for criticism. You’re not the first to have mentioned the likes of Ireland, etc. I agree in principle that it would be fantastic for us if we did manage to lure players of that ilk to the club, it’s just that I don’t think we will for the reasons I expressed earlier.

  • wickywoowoo

    May 3, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Even managers seem to forget Andy Carroll is only 21 or something. Everyone treats him like he is the same age as Lovenkrands and it creates unfair criticism.


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