Newcastle Will Finish Nowhere Near 3rd Place Next Season


Expectations for Newcastle  next season in the Premiership seem fairly low.

Chris Hughton – expectations appear realistic for next season

But Chris Hughton is really looking forward to next season and this summer as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There’s no reason not to feel positive about it.” “It will be an enjoyable summer and what we have to do is look forward to next season being back in the Premier League.”

“There’s no point in going through what we have gone through and not look forward to it. It’s all optimistic and we deserve it.”  “We’ve worked hard and we deserve to enjoy the moment.”

But we’ll finish nowhere near where Kevin Keegan had the Newcastle side after their first season in the Premiership in 1993-1994 – when he had the Magpies in 3rd place.

Newcastle had 77 points that season with 23 wins and 11 defeats, with Manchester  United winning the PL with 92 points and Alan Shearer’s Blackburn second on 84 points.

The PL then still had 22 clubs then and therefore 42 games per season, and  Arsenal were in 4th place on 71 points and Leeds United 5th on 70 points.

Blackburn would go onto win the Premiership the following season when they pipped the Red Devils by a single point.

We’ll get nowhere near 3rd place next season, and that’s because the Premiership is much more professional these days, and has more good teams in it  than back in 1994.

But there is hope we’ll do better than most Geordie fans are expecting, and if we can be finish around mid-table that would be a very good finish for next season – very good indeed.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Mid-table would be a good effort and realistic. It is also quite realistic for NUFC to have a couple of good cup runs too. Of course we cannot catch the mega-debt clubs yet. What we can do though is make the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manky U look over their shoulders at the new black and whites on the block!

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  • Solaidback

    May 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Anywhere above the Muckems will do me 🙂

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  • henok

    May 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    3rd lol…well if we spend at least 25 mill we won’t be relegated again …I don’t like chris’s policy …I don’t see him giving a chance to young players ..I expected to see frank and Morris next season apparntly they were relesed …I was also hoping to see Inman, but chris is not even giving haris a full game…they say we won’t spend that much so give young ppl a chance like Donaldson,inman,tozer,benhag,Philp …

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 3, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    @henok: ‘I don’t like chris’s policy …I don’t see him giving a chance to young players’

    A record breaking season & a turnaround in club fortunes against all expectation!! What more has the guy got to do? Our youngsters bottled it, that’s the truth. If they were good enough he would have played tham. How old was Van Aarholt when Chris played him as first choice, 19 if I remember correctly? No age barrier, he was straight in the side.

    Nile Ranger shrank from the challenge, and decided he preferred clubbing. Carroll was on the edge, and still needs to get his act together he’s too old to be making an ass of himself. Kadar whinges too much, and should be happy to play when he gets he chance. Vuckic was injured for months, but will probably thrive in the Prem if he digs deep.

    In the end what matters are results, and that’s all that matters. What you can be certain of is Chris will always put out the best XI, it’s up to the youngsters to train hard and be in that best XI on ability not on age.

    8th next season.

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  • Howay The Lads

    May 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Captain Beefheart

    Bit harsh, but pretty true.

    Also completely agree with the last paragraph. In the league we have to put out the best 11 to win.

    How would you have felt if you had travelled all the way down to the QPR game yesterday and he had put out 11 youth team players and we got battered? You’d be peed off that you’d spent £20 on a ticket for a game where you thought you’d be watching the first team but ended up watching the reserves vs QPR first team.

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  • Johann

    May 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Out with him now. This is plain out dangerous statement. We have a highly regarded team. Nearly the same team was predicted a high league position two years ago. A manager with ambitious, now!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Captain Beefheart – Great Band

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  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    It does seem that Ranger has opted to be a Champagne Charlie. I think that CH is a very good judge of when and where to put a younger player and that Vukic will get his regular chances. He is only 17 with still a lot of developing to do. We have some diamonds in need of a cutter and polisher and CH may be just the bloke to do that.

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  • The Bishop

    May 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Johann: you’re living in fantasy land mate

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  • buddy

    May 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    what on earth makes you think we will come 8th if we dont severely strengthen this side beefheart???
    very harsh to say our youngsters bottled it….when the majority of the 1st team had not only bottled it the previous season but failed to even put in the effort?
    kadar and krul always played well when givin the chance and both should have been given a lot more game time(obviously not when we were in dips but when we were on good runs,they could have been mingled into the squad)
    he played van aarnholt because i would imagine he had no choice re loan terms, but van aarny wasnt our youngster(he was in the way of our youngster)
    i couldnt disagree more re ranger(unless the partying/lack of discipline is true) because he was very good whenever he played……dont forget that carroll and lovenkrands hardly scored pre xmass either

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #11

    solaidback
    is that the height of your ambition,are u saying that you wud be happy to finish 3rd bottom and go down again,as long as the unclean finished below us? or do u think the mackems will be safe so therefore so shall nufc? the mackems have been saying that about us for years,apart from last season of course

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  • WLtoon

    May 3, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    i forgot to say that i agree with captainbeefheart tho i think 8th is a tad optumistic.ile go for 14th,ive learnt not to get carried away lol

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  • Cockney Magpie

    May 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    The main priority this season was to get out of the championship and it would of been an unnecessary risk to play youngsters when our first team players were fit and playing well. He played the youngsters in the cups and we went out straight away in both

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  • Cockney Magpie

    May 3, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    team spirit can go along way and if we get the right players in this season then top half is not such a ridiculous target at all. Although id be happy with finishin 17th aiming for top half (9th/10th) has to be the target

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  • Mr Books

    May 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    You can’t bring through a whole team of youngsters in a season. This season has seen Caroll cement a first team place, Kadar has had 6 starts and been on as a sub 7 times. The kids got a run out to show what they can do against one of the worst championship sides and were distinctly second best. Why would you expect them to be able to see off permiership opposition. I think we may see a bit of vukic in the first team this season. A couple of others may play bit parts, but the best way to bring the kids on is to let them get first team experience within an established first team. You want them to learn from your players, not from the oppositions!

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  • stuart no9

    May 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    funny is nt it , its only a few years ago, before the start of another season in the prem, where everyone expected us to be, we were talking about , at least a top 6 place, at least europe , or the season would be a disaster, fast forward a few years,and 2 years after that fat horrible speciman took over our club,he s got you all believing we that just surviving in the prem next year, would be a decent season, WHAT A LOAD OF S..TE 52,ooo fans go through those gates every home game, for the last ,god knows how many seasons, and the best we can expect now is to SURVIVE ? HE HAS LOWERED THE STANDARDS OF EVERYTHING AT OUR CLUB, INCLUDING OUR EXPECTATIONS, HE RUNS CHEAP TACKY CLOTHES SHOPS AND HE IS DOING THE SAME TO OUR FOOTBALL CLUB. JUST REMEMBER,EUROPE A FEW YEARS AGO ,52,000 FANS EVERY HOME GAME, NOW 4TH BOTTOM, NO DOUBT 52,000 FANS EVERY HOME GAME, DONT HAVE TO BE A BRAIN SURGEON TO WORK THAT ONE OUT 3RD HIGHEST GATE IN THE COUNTRY

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  • henok

    May 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Buddy I agree …i see all our youngsters perform …I would even play krul insted of Harper ..I would have played calum Morris insted of hall..and so on … About haris and ranger I will say as long as chris is here we won’t look at them play…I don’t even know why we brought best…and ya did u really think we would strugle in the coca cola ..alomst all of our players who apperd in our games have epl experiance they have at least 100 apperance harper,taylor,r.Taylor,Nolan,barton,Danny, butt,shola,colo ..bla bla..so how on earth do u think they will loss to to this teams …

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  • catchy in norway

    May 3, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18

    a few years ago, the sh**y team in red and white finished 7, back then, to me the top 6 where nailed on pretty much, just had to sort the final postions out, you new it was man u or ars would be 1 and 2, liverpool would be 3rd, then take your pick , villa,chelsea,spurs and us, would normally be around the top 6, from time to time, a team broke in,

    now we have been replaced by everton and man city,

    i really think that we should be aiming for 9th,

    to achieve this , CH must show some of the bottle he has showed since xmas, and attack more,

    a few have said on here that most of the youth arnt good enough, thats why he has not pplayed them,,, whats his reason for playing Best?,, a bllind man and his dog can see he is not good enough, but he plays him,, for years every manager we have had turns to shola,, for me he is not good enough to, and it scares me to think that these 2 could be leading our linenext year,,

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  • Charlietoon

    May 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Stuart No 9 how is all that working for you?? Talking about we should be this cause we have the fans and the gate i soo lame. We are not entitled to anything! How could you be singing last years tune when you saw where it leads us??

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  • Brutooon

    May 4, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #20

    17th place and above would be nice for us.

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