We May Be Mad – But We’re Upbeat About Next Season

We’re not sure if it’s because supposedly great players in England shirts looked absolutely hopeless over the last two weeks, and at the same time showed no pride and passion for England, that has made us more positive about what our Newcastle team can do next season.

Chris Hughton – we have growing confidence in Newcastle manager

Certainly the performance of players like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard  and other “great” England players, has proved they are not the world-beaters they are often made out to be.

And therefore, before Newcastle visit the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, rather than shaking in their boots Chris Hughton will point out how hopeless those players were in the World Cup.

Chris can use that to impress on our more mediocre players, that Newcastle can do well next season, especially if we show that fantastic pride the lads displayed last season.

And when new players arrive this summer, we fully expect the senior players like Alan Smith, Steven Harper and Kevin Nolan to immediately make the new lads feel right at home, take them out to dinner and impress on the lads that it’s an honor to play for the famous Tyneside club in front of 52,000 mad screaming Geordies. 😀

Indeed the pride and passion which the Newcastle players showed wearing the black and white shirt last season made Newcastle fans proud of the Newcastle United club, and the way they magnificently gained promotion at the very first attempt was little short of a miracle.

Yes, we ‘re not that daft to realize the step up in class in the Premier league will be huge next season, and we’re not saying we’ll be near the top group in the league.

However, we do think we will survive and if  Chris can get in 4-5 new players  over the summer, Newcastle could well do a lot better then most fans  think.

The World Cup performance by England, France and Italy shows that all players are human, and that pride and passion is a very important aspect of the game of  football, and indeed our very own Alan Shearer points that out today.

When he played under both Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle for England,  Alan said the team spirit was just great and showed on the field as they did well in the major tournaments under those two (English) managers.

Play without that and you perform how England fared in the World Cup – very badly – and in those last 15 minutes against Germany, it looked like most of the England players just wanted to board the plane home – in short they had given up – as some Newcastle  did too often in our relegation season.

And the English commentators kept talking about damage limitation – whatever the hell that means – England were there to win the game, so why they keep talking about damage limitation beats me .

England should have been trying to get 3 goals in those last 15 minutes for heavens sakes, and not do damage limitation to try to look good by keeping the score down.

Such a negative way of thinking.

But we know the current Newcastle crop of players have guts galore, and that’s why we think our lads may surprise us all next season, but we’ll not know for sure until we start the season.

But we are certainly not as bad as lots of the Newcastle faithful would have you believe – yes Mike Ashley is not a good owner and could give Chris Hughton more money to spend this summer – but if the Newcastle manager can maintain that fantastic team spirit on Tyneside – we’re already half way there.

And yes, it’s true, we may be completely mad –  but we are very hopeful about next season, and we remain positive.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 29, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I am quite positive about next season too Ed, I am pragmatic enough to realise that we are not going to finish in the top 6, but I also think we are much better than the relegation battle the naysayers are predicting. Bring on the prem!

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Damage limitation? We played Germany not the Taliban! England played without vision – perhaps they should have gone to Specsavers. The truth is we have two years to get things right for the Euronations cup by which time Taylor and possibly Carroll will be in th full team. Certainly Enrique will be in the Spanish team if we keep him. Not to mention Krul, Vukic etc etc, if we keep them, in their respective national squads. That is positive – in a couple of years NUFC will have quality players in our squad playing in Europe for their countries. I agree with CH – we have the basis, we have the potential – over to you once gain fat man!

  • greekgeordie

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I was there Ed following Greece and keeping a very close interest on England. The supprt was there the passion was everywhere you were in SA but the England team had not turned up. Why I have not a clue. As for NUFC I always beieved that the basis of a premier team is there and with some small additions to the squade we will be finishing around the 10th position, come on lads prove the doubters wrong for the second season running

  • madman67

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    afternoon every1, i said after algeria game that NUFC could have beaten the n africans. but enough about england, shockin performance and managerial decisions ;(
    there has been a football series on BBC world service so heres the link to bbc website. were featued in part4 😉


    yeah i think the teams confidence nd togetherness will be integral in our relegation battle. with some cover for jose, nd a midfielder who is sharp attackin nd who can score as well as make goals. i honestly think on 0ur day we will be a tough team to beat. HWTL

  • magpies1

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    how about Michael Mancienne. he wouldn’t command a massive fee or a loan deal. he would certainly cover CB, RB And DM

  • madman67

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #6


    some v good points made there m8 😉 i think we all hope to see more of vukic, even if hes loaned out, the lad needs nd wants regular footy. so maybe a loan spell with our new friend carslise.
    must say im a big jose fan, seein him tear down the left flank last season was both very effective nd entertaining.
    if taylor can make the step up to the premier (which i think he will) nd score goals then a place in euro 2012 england team is beckoning 😉
    but he needs the service

  • madman67

    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #7

    am very impressed with u goin to WC esp supporting greece, who hadnt scored in previous WC. thats loyalty m8, top drawer stuff 😉
    im thinkin ur bein a little optimistic as i see us more likely bein in bottom 10, but will be pleased if proven wrong 😉
    however i dont think we will struggle as badly as some pple suggest. mid table, with a decent cup run. bloody hell how many times ive heard that mantra 🙁 lol anyway onwards nd upwards eh HWTL

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 29, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I only want two things for this season:

    1) We don’t get relegated
    2) We finish above the Mackem sh*te

  • madman67

    Jun 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    our opening game is bound to be on sky innit, am hopin wazza thinks hes still playin for england 😉
    another 1-1 draw would be a grt start 4 us

  • greekgeordie

    Jun 29, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Madman 67 we all went to SA with hope Greece recorded first win in WC finals and after Euro96 anything is possible, my biggest disapointment was for Jonas to be suspended against Greece.
    Mind you I met him on a service station on the way to the ground and he confirms that next season will be a newcastle player unless MA thinks otherwise.

  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t share the same optimism. Call it pessimism if you will, but I can see this next season being anything other than smooth.

    I’ll gladly be proved wrong though..

  • boater

    Jun 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I do really wish Shearer would just shut up some times..

    how incredibly jingoistic is it to condemn Eriksson as a failure!? This is the man that led us to 3 major tournament quarter finals, beating germany 5-1, argentina along the way. In each of those tournaments we finished top of our groups (against the likes of – nigeria, croatia, france, argentina and sweden).

    He has the second highest win ratio of any england manager EVER. By the time he left we were ranked as 4th in the world based on the FIFA co-efficient.

    But somehow Shearer is praising mclaren, keegan and hoddle as comparative successes at international level!?!? Is that not just mind bendingly obnoxious jingoistic crap from him or what.

    Much as worshipped the player – please, shearer just SHUUUUUT UP.

  • MacToon

    Jun 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #13

    lol boater.

    Anyway, this part of “we” thinks the rest of “we” (however that is) thinks you’re mad!

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 29, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #14

    An oft overlooked fact boater!..
    But do you really expect pundits to come out with anything other than bull…They’re gits of the highest order!..


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