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.