Jose Enrique is being realistic in his outlook for Newcastle United, but since he wants to stay at Newcastle for the rest of his career, he is taking a longer term approach to what Newcastle can do.
Jose Enrique – stay in Premier League and then Europe
The first thing of course, and maybe the only important thing next season for the Geordie fans, is to stay in the Premiership, but once we’ve done that the club will need to push on, and again aim to get into Europe.
Jose said today:
“I think we need to be realistic,” “We played in the Championship last year and won it. I think we have a good squad, but we cannot get too carried away.”
“We have not signed too many players yet and the Premier League is a very difficult league. We need to be a little bit quiet. We will see what happens.”
“We need to see what the division is like but, whatever else happens, the most important thing is that we are still a Premier League team at the end of next season.”
Newcastle supporters are not getting carried away too much with the return to the Premier League, and staying up is what most would welcome and hope for.
After the club’s drastic drop to the second level of the English leagues, most Newcastle fans now have their feet firmly on the ground, and really appreciated the hard work and effort the lads showed throughout last season, to get the club back into the big time.
Jose talked about what he sees coming next after the consolidation season coming up:
“It is very important to be back in the Premier League – for the club and for the fans.” This is a big club. This is a club which can play in the Champions League or the Europa League – but not now. Not yet.”
“We played in the Championship last year, now we play in the Premier League, but we cannot expect to achieve massive things overnight.” “We need to stay in this division and gradually build.”
“It is our first season back in the Premier League. We have to stay in the division.” “We want to do better than that – but that is the most important thing.”
That’s sensible thinking from the Spaniard, who was our best player, along with midfielder Kevin Nolan last season, although the club had a number of stand-outs last season in the Championship.
But Jose has shown his complete loyalty to the Newcastle club in his three years on Tyneside, and is loved by the fans, and he even once famously said he preferred the weather in Newcastle to that of his native Spain – how’s that for loyalty above the call of duty? 😀
Newcastle have so far brought in 24 year-old James Perch from Nottingham Forest, who looks a decent defender, and news that 20 year-old Dan Gosling has decided to join Newcastle from Everton, over a bunch of other clubs he could have gone to – in what is a bizarre tale over his contract.
But until he signs along the dotted line, Newcastle fans will become a little nervous about this potential signing, that’s for sure.
But Perch and Gosling would be two decent signings to start with, but we need at least another three good players brought in to strengthen the squad this summer.
And then we can look forward to consolidating next season, and after that who knows – but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
We remain quietly confident about the club and just love the way Chris Hughton has calmed things down from 12 months ago, and finally brought some stability to the Tyneside club.
Chris has done a fantastic job for Newcastle United over the last 12 months.