Consolidation Next Season And Then A Push For Europe


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.

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10 comments so far

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    i am glad u add me ..thnx..but if there are still ppl living in USA …add me on facebook i am planing for a place for all magpie fans to watch games together my id is “Henock nufc Mengistab”…add me 🙂

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  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    ya i dont know why every player is saying we wont finish in a respectable position ..why is there self confidence low ..i dont get it..for a club that have a stadium full of 53,000 fans ..i dont know why they cant finish on top level…wht do they need support or wht …all nufc players with the exception of S.Taylor and A. Carroll ..all need to check there attitude

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  • MacToon

    Jul 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    henok, it’s called being realistic!

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  • nabil the toon

    Jul 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    i think thatzzz right bcauz we wll be under dogs to most teams we need to prove them wrong

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  • John

    Jul 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    be fair lads its gona be a struggle we lack pace all over the pitch PL football is 10 times faster than championship, when we play the big boys our tactics are gone b Long balls into the box r sit a nit em on the break, how we gona do that? our mid field moves at a snails pace, or wen jose or jonas get in the box they over hit crosses or passes or worse they hit the knees of the 1st man, good teams were in trouble last season until the final weeks, we need pace and creativity and we need it now or we will suffer. the days of bellamy, dyer, and emre turning defence into attack are long gone and these players were never replaced.

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  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    “Consolidation Next Season And Then A Push For Europe”

    STFU you daft get and stop giving ammo for our rivals to hit us with.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, FFS give Chris and the staff a chance to make this youth plan work or we will be back buying trophy internationals to fill out treatment room. We will need 3 seasons at least before we push for Europe to give the development squad time to bed in. These summeer articles are becoming contrary.

    This season is 100% about avoiding the drop, 50+ points hopefully. By 2011/12 we consolidate and build, with the likes of Vukic in a regular starting place and Carroll with a year in the Prem under his belt. Harper will not last forever, so we need to bed in Krul or Forster by 2012 as well. All this and reducing the overdraft / loans we have.

    Do you really think Europe is possible, Ed? Currently if UEFA offered us a place I would turn it down, it would kill us. We haven’t even got the squad to properly compete in the League Cup / FA Cup so what use is Europe? We are still chasing loan players to fill gaps in a threadbare squad. Has all reason been lost?

    All this will take time, and the blogs better get used to it and stop stirring the fans; debate please, not discontentment.

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  • boater

    Jul 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Though there are a few complete morons on here complaining about the odd CH management detail, I think most fans have sensible expectations now compared to years gone by. Next season is about one thing alone – bloody minded survival at all costs. Nowt else matters.

    I hope we have learnt something about the importance of patience and calmness when we don’t get things our way. However there is and perhaps always will be a mob mentality that panics after a couple of defeats.

    All summer people moaning on these message boards – giving players stick and moaning about hughton doing this n that wrong – it’s comical and depressing at the same time.

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  • boater

    Jul 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    henok ethiopian toon – why would you single out S Taylor as more loyal than the others?

    That’s unfair on players like jonas, colo, nolan or enrique who have no particular ties to the region beyond their football careers, yet still they got their heads down and worked to get the club back where it belongs.

    Kissing a badge is easy, anyone can do it and it doesn’t mean a thing.

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  • moonraker

    Jul 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    The world cup was an eye-opener in terms of the gulf in quality between our players and those of other qualifying nations. Most thought Rooney and co would blow them away! It makes you realise that apart from our top six clubs there should be nothing to worry about for the toon next season, so long as the spirit is good and CH gets the tactics right.

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