Newcastle United are one of the clubs the bookies think could be relegated next season in the Premier League.
Danny Simpson – confident Newcastle can survive next season
That has to be a little worrying because the bookies are usually fairly close, if only because big money is often involved, and they were dead right last season, when despite all the turmoil at the club last summer, Newcastle were number one favorites to win the Championship, and we did exactly that.
Some of the doubts surrounding Newcastle are that the club has no money to spend in the transfer market, or very little, but that shouldn’t stop the club from somehow bringing in four good players to the squad over the summer, and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems hard at work doing just that.
One of the big things in the club’s favor is the team spirit and fight that returned to the side last season, and certainly the players seem quite confident of surviving next season.
This is what Danny Simpson said today:
“I’m sure we won’t go down – the only thing we can be is confident after what happened last season,”
“There’s no point in being in the game if you’re not confident. We have a good side as it is and we have already proved people wrong.”
“Everyone was saying we wouldn’t go up but we loved proving people wrong, and when we hear people saying that we are going to be one of the favourites to go down it really motivates us.”
“As long as the team is together and pulling in the right direction we can do it. We have international experience and big players like Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini, which not many teams that come up from the Championship will have.”
“You look through our squad and there are big players throughout it.” “Kevin Nolan has hundreds of Premier League games and so does Steven Taylor, Alan Smith and Joey Barton.”
” It’s a good squad and that’s why we should be confident.” “Speaking for myself, I’m 100% better than I was this time last year and I think most of the young players would say the same – we are learning a lot of those kind of guys and it helps to be in a highly-motivated dressing room.”
“I think throughout the squad there are points to be proven and the more we hear that we’re certainties to go down, the more that will fire us up and get us up for the challenge.”
That almost comes across as though Danny is trying to convince himself Newcastle will be OK, but of course getting some points on the board early in next season’s campaign will be crucially important. The first game is difficult to say the least and we are 10-1 to get a win at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
The William Hill Betting have Newcastle as 5th favorites to be relegated behind Blackpool, West Brom, Wigan and Wolves, but we’d be very surprised if we don’t finish higher than that.
The team spirit is enough for a number of points in the upcoming season, and let’s face it, when we were relegated the lads had no team spirit at all, and most of our supposed good players at the time – Michael Owen and Mark Viduka were never fit – so they weren’t much help. Even when they did return the weren’t much help – especially the woeful Owen – the captain.
We think we’ll be OK next season and could finish mid-table – at best.
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