Hughton’s Rookie Season Still Seems Like A Fairy Tale

Newcastle’s season still feels completely unbelievable to us, if we were to be brutally honest, and still seems like a fairy tale.

Chris Hughton –  fantastic first season at Newcastle helm

Newcastle had 102 points, 30 wins, 21 clean sheets  and just 4 defeats, and the team suffered just one league defeat in the last six months and 33 Championship games of the season.

Is that a fairy tale season or is that a fairy tale season?

Just think if Alan Shearer’s first season as a manager had just ended with what Chris has just achieved in his rookie season – and think of the accolades Alan would be receiving from the mountain-tops right now.

Now what our players  have to do is exactly what they did last season, only this time in the Premiership.  There are some very good players currently in the Newcastle squad, who have lots of experience in England’s top flight.

Just think of the Cardiff City and Blackpool squads, since one of the clubs will accompany Newcastle and WBA into the Premiership next season, and compare their squads with the current crop on Tyneside.

We simply  refuse to be downbeat about Newcastle’s chances for next season, especially  given where we were less than 12 months ago, and we think the club  will survive in England’s top league next term.

Even if no money is available to buy new players this summer, we can still improve the squad significantly with loan players and free agents – and we’re sure that’s just exactly what the club will do.

And after finishing such a fairy tale season, why on earth are so many Newcastle fans so negative about the future of the club?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • WLtoon

    May 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    i would,nt exactly say it is a fairytale to win the fizzy pop league,we were the favourites to go up after all,but under the circumstances we done well to go up the way we did,i dont want to be a killjoy people but i think finishing mid table in the prem wud be more of an achievement under the current circumstances,and thats how far back we have went.

  • sjc07

    May 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Hardly a weak league is it. There is not much difference between the bottom half of the premier league and the top half of the championship. People are so hung up on finishing is mid table or 4th bottom. Lets just get behind the team and the manager like we have this season and they will achieve the position they deserve.

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 13, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3

    WLT: ‘finishing mid table in the prem wud be more of an achievement under the current circumstances,and thats how far back we have went.’

    From what starting point exactly, WLT? In 97-98, after the KK years, this is the PREM record: 13th, 13th, 11th, 11th, 4th, 3rd, 5th, 14th, 7th, 13th, 12th, 18th….

    Apart from the SBR days it’s pretty mediocre stuff, and we had a squad full of overpaid scroungers like Dyer & Owen.

    We have been mostly rubbish for decades, to be brutally honest, so I am prepared to give the new strategy a chance to work through for three seasons or so. CH has earned the right to have a clear run at next season without being hounded. MA has earned the right purely because (like him or loathe him) he put his money where and when it mattered.

    Now, enjoy the ride….

  • WLtoon

    May 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Captain Beefheart,i agree that we have been mediocre since SBR, but that mediocrity simply was,nt good enough for the majority of fans then, now though, if we finish 5th bottom it will be hailed as a sucsess,by a lot of Toon supporters, and to describe winning the CCC as a fairytale.that highlights my point.i like the stats mind.

  • wickywoowoo

    May 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Yes – but why wasn’t it good enough for fans?

    90% of the fans today weren’t alive last time a major trophy was won – so why are the fans so demanding?

    There is absolutely no logical reason for it. It is the fuel for other fans to mock the club and they are perfectly right to do it. We act like we are Man Utd and should win every year.

    Has anyone ever actually given a reason for the delusion?

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    May 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I like the way Chris works. I hope we finish in a reasonable position this coming season, and that he’s able to eventually build the team he wants.

  • ginkoh

    May 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    why on earth are so many Newcastle fans so negative about the future of the club? –> because that’s our natural and Newcastle supporter always be. We’re so negative because we care it too much.

    We’re over the moon when we won and we down to hell when we lose. Newcastle United is not just football club for us but it’s part of our life. And the life of Newcastle have No Grey, Just Black & White !

  • Howay The Lads

    May 13, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Spot on. We’re either predicting European places or slitting our wrists about the future.

    Also wickywoowoo, spot on again. Think about Spurs, their fans are a lot like a lot of ours and believe they deserve to be 4th or wherever even though thay aren’t anywhere near as good as Man U or Chelsea

  • wickywoowoo

    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    There is nothing wrong with fans being optimistic and hopeful for the future but this club is just bizarre.

    We got promoted into the Premiership this season as top of the Championship, meaning we are 17th place in English standings at the moment. Somehow, people took this to mean Hughton was not of a high enough name calibre and should have gone. That is one recent example.

    There is literally too many to list, it’s not even worth it. If fans got realistic and accepted that relegation fights are likely our future for the next few years, then maybe the club can evolve successfully.

    Would make a successful season all the more sweet too, wouldn’t it? Maybe if this logic had always been in place, the boo boys wouldn’t have been out and got Sir Bobby sacked and we might have some reason to be expectant of the team.

  • wickywoowoo

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I meant 18th place in England in the above post – this site needs an edit button, lol.

  • Tom4Nufc

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t know how true this is BUT I just got a text from my Leeds supporting mate that according to his ‘club sources’ Shola is off to them in the summer… Make what you will of it…

  • wickywoowoo

    May 13, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #12

    That rumour has been doing the rounds for a week or so. If they can keep him fit and supply him, he will score for fun next season. He ripped teams apart this season and he wasn’t fully fit for most of it, lol.

    It’s a shame, he has been a Newcastle boy his whole career but he seems to be Michael Chopra – too good for the Championship but not up to it consistently in the Premiership.

    It must be awful to be in that “inbetweener” zone.

  • Ericles

    May 14, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Still think Shola should be retained as a squad player. He has a conrtibution to make – after all he is still a better player thanmany who play in the Premiership and that is a fact.

  • Blacky

    May 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    See Kris Boyd has said this morning that we are one of 7 clubs chasing him! I wouldn’t mind him, he would be a very good addition – he seems to score goals for fun in SPL.

  • Stevo

    May 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Chris has done a great job. I’ll be over the moon if he can keep us in the prem. That’s got to be our target. We shouldn’t expect much more. I believe we have the team to do it. Wining the championship was a massive boost to the team. I’ve never seen a NUFC team gel like this for years. There’s a real spirit in there.

  • richardj1986

    May 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Looking at the bottom half of the table for each team pick one player from defence, midfield and attack that would fit into the newcastle squad.

    Quite interesting if task. I can pick three to six newcastle players that would start in those teams

  • richardj1986

    May 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Stoke 11th in the Premier league
    Of the team that finished the season I can only see Ryan Shawcross pushing for a place in the Newcastle side. The England call up and I would say future England centre back would claim a place in most sides, his horror tackle on Ramsey left him mentally disrupted but has shown his quality in the heart of stokes defence. Stoke’s strength is obviously their defence and that has shown with a 4 wins away from home unlike Fulham’s 1.

    Fulham 12th
    I used the team that lost in the Europa League final as many key players were rested on the Final game of the season. I’ve said many times that Hangeland or Hughes would fit into the Newcastle team but I believe that only one would as Colo would be their partner. Taylor would have to push to right back and if he didn’t want that Hughes would cover like he did under Sir Bobby.

    Etuhu is in the mould of Makele but with more pace and strength, having watched Fulham many times I have enjoyed his play. His style is simple and would easily slot in to a Newcastle 4-5-1. Davies would easily slot into the squad but can’t see him starting for us.

    Zamora, Great hold up play and just look at how Fulham struggled without him. He would be a lovely player to go along side Carroll. Would be good for him and Love to battle it out for a start.

    Sunderland 13th
    No player from this team would ever get a start for Newcastle.

    Bolton 14th
    Cahill a future England centre back would claim a place in most sides in the premier league shame that the calibre of players around him aren’t up to his standard.

    Wilshire and Weiss although not Bolton players would provide a good back up to our Newcastle squad but why nurture another team’s youth at the expense of our own. If Weiss leaves City for a nominal fee snap him up.

    Wolverhampton 15th
    Doyle the better young Irish striker, starts ahead of Best for Ireland. He would provide something a little different in our team but I am unsure if he’d get a start or if he’d be a super sub.

    Wigan 16th
    I can easily find the three players here.
    Figueroa would start ahead of Simpson, N’Zogbia would play in midfield although our club isn’t big enough for him. Rodallega to start along side Carroll up front.

    West Ham
    I would have Parker back as he can carry a team when he is playing. Hence why West Ham survived and then said everyone can be sold BAR Parker. I really do hope he will make the England squad and that Fabio Capello doesn’t take Barry injured. I like Carlton Cole but prefer Bigger Lad.

  • richardj1986

    May 14, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    PS Comment Welcome


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