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?