There is a certain cloud of uncertainty over Newcastle United right now, as the fans try to come to terms with the fact that Mike Ashley may give Chris Hughton nothing in the transfer market this summer, to strengthen the team for the upcoming return to the Premiership.
Alan Smith talks to Hughton and Calderwood at Benton
Strangely enough we are still fairly confident that Chris Hughton can get the job done under difficult circumstances this summer and indeed strengthen the squad with loan signings and free agents – but it will be a tough task.
Alan Smith has come our today and warned fans things will be a lot tougher in the PL next season, but we are all very well aware of that.
Alan Smith told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We have to realise next season is going to be very different to what we got used to in the Championship.”“We’re not going to dominate it, we’re not going to win every week.”
“We are going to lose more games, but when we have the setbacks we have to stick together. We have to remember the things that got us into the Premier League in the first place.” “We have found a lot of strength and unity and that has to continue.”
“I’m sure the fans enjoyed the season in the Championship as much as any because they’ve had a lot of good results to celebrate, but we will need them more next season than ever.”
Smith had his best season ever last season, and we have to hope that he has another good season back in the PL, since it’s players with the experience of Alan that will important to the squad next season.
The former Manchester United, Leeds and England star has been plagued by injury since he arrived on Tyneside, but he was able to start 33 games last season with an extra two substitute appearances.
But in the two season prior to that Alan had started only 34 games with an extra 9 sub appearances due to his many injuries.
“I can’t wait to get back into the Premier League,” “I’m really looking forward to it.”
“I’ve loved the season in the Championship, it’s probably been one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve ever had, if not the most enjoyable.”
“Everyone wants to play against the best players and test themselves, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that when you are getting the run around off them.”
“We’ve got some good characters and good togetherness, we are looking forward to it – but it’s going to be tough as well.”
Newcastle were 10th in the betting for which team would win the Premiership next season, so certainly the people that know think Newcastle will be mid-table next season.
That’s what most fans would like to see, because we cannot become one of those teams that yo-yo between the Championship and the Premiership.
Hopefully our relegation was a one off when everything and the kitchen sink seemed to conspire to take the club down, and the lads now have what they didn’t in that relegation season – fighting spirit and a do or die attitude.