Newcastle Future Aim Is To Be Top Six Club

Dan Gosling had a number of offers from other clubs, but plumped fairly quickly for Newcastle, after being impressed with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood,  and their vision for the future of  the famous Newcastle club.

Dan Gosling – good mental strength

Dan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It was a football decision at the end of the day,” “I spoke to a few managers and looked at the training ground and facilities of quite a few clubs.”“But when I came here, I was really impressed with the gaffer and the coaching staff straight away.”

“The facilities are excellent and I feel I’ve made the right decision. The manager has a vision of where he wants this club to go. I came up with my agent and my family, met him and Colin Calderwood.”

“And we sat down and talked about how we’d like the next few years to go.”  “He told us where he wants us to be, and I want to be a part of that.”

“I think the long-term aim is to establish ourselves as a top-six Premier League team in the next four or five years and I think it’s a realistic aim, and hopefully we can do it a bit sooner than that.”

“It’s certainly a massive club with a massive fan base and I think the people around here deserve that.”

Gosling seems a confident boy, and says he has the mental strength to cope with the criticism he has been getting from his former club, Everton, who are naturally disappointed he left them for pastures anew.

And Dan feels he can establish himself as a Premier League player at Newcastle United, as he continued:

“There’s a part of me that wants to prove people wrong, but I always believe in myself and know I can play in a certain position,”“I have no worries about people saying ‘He can’t do this or he can’t do that’ because if you don’t believe in yourself, you’re not going to get anywhere.”

“I’m happy being here and just can’t wait to get on the pitch now. It would be nice to get a bit of stability now.”  “I won’t be rushing anything. I think I’ll be jogging over the next week or so and then we’ll see how things go from there,”

So there is a bit of information there for all of us, from Dan’s comments.

The long term goal is to be a top six club – so that’s good, but just how long it will take us to get there, we have absolutely no idea.

But you can bet there is a plan in place, both a business plan and some estimates or checkpoints, of where the team finishes in the league.

That will allow the club some measure of  success  – say a top half of the table club in so many seasons (2?), and then reaching the top six within a certain number of seasons.

That’s good management, and we’d love to have a look at those plans – just love it!

But hey, if we can be a top half of the  table side, in a couple of seasons, that would be great, and we can always push on from there.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

58 comments so far

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    We think that the famous Newcastle club need to shake off its trophy Virgins image. Not winning any trophies since 1955 is a joke. even Boro have won more and have been to major european Final unlike famous Newcastle club.
    The fact is no Newcastle fan under the age of 72 has seen the famous Newcastle club win diddly squat. We think that even the famous Sunderland club have won major trophy in living memory, and in colour too.

  • geordie_india

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Very happy to know the club has a plan in place and have Chris and coaching staff working towards it. Its said that we may not spend much this summer so if we stay up this year we can expect more big quality signings. Now i realise Chris is the only right man do the job with his views and ability. I am sure we will be in the top half in the coming years. HOWAY THE LADS

  • toonboyjake

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Off topic but i’ve just seen Lloyd Sam from Charlton is a free agent, weren’t we looking at signing him last year? gives cover for both wings and is only 25 so fits the age structure

  • Solaidback

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    HGH – So the Toon wining the Fairs Cup (European Cup now) in 69 isn’t major silverware??? You don’t half talk out yer ass, I was going to say sometimes but it seems it’s everytime you post!!!

    I still want to know why you keep using the term ‘WE’ all the time as if you’re talking on behalf of all Toon fans, are you dim or summit???

    Back on topic, good post Ed, Gosling likes what he hears & that’s good news for the Toon, it means that we’re looking forward & trying to get somewhere, not just hoping to survive which would have been a disaster, getting players like Gosling & Perch in the club will help us take the next step & soon, we’ll be up there again 🙂

  • munch27

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    welcome home ED keep up the good work.

  • listie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Hugh – as has been said many times to your posts, shut the f@#k up and head back to chat about your new star signing Bramble lmfao

  • lewman

    Jul 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    well said listie, he is obviously a mackem, i bet hes on heroine and using a stolen laptop on his neighbours wi-fi.

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    “I still want to know why you keep using the term ‘WE’ all the time as if you’re talking on behalf of all Toon fans, are you dim or summit???”


  • ronaldeano

    Jul 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Hugh G Hampton = thick as fcuk…

    1969 European fairs cup was the last major trophy we won… Mong

  • Toon-Barmy

    Jul 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Off topic i know but the new squad numbers have finally been revealed, Haris Vuckic got number 29. Interesting that Tavernier, Inman, Adjei, Airey,Soderberg, Tozer, Folan, Henderson & Zamblera aren’t on the list.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Jul 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Hugh, you make steven hawking look normal. you retarded twat. Seriously hop on the metro back to scumberland eh?

  • lewman

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    i do hope vuckic can stay injury free this season as he has such good agility and control for a big lad. i hadnt really seen much of him til the other day but i was greatly impressed and if he can turn like that and pass as well as he can shoot then he must surely turn out to be one of the greatest midfielders that we have ever had. lets hope he gets a start against norwich

  • geordielad880

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I have been told newcastle have asked aston villa about the availability of curtis davies, he would be a decent signing in my opinion, I still say we need another winger and striker more urgently though.

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    “1969 European fairs cup was the last major trophy we won… Mong”

    Thats not a real trophy sonny.
    Ask UEFA.
    Its almost as relevant as winning the ZDS or Watneys Cup.

    Jawdees = Trophy Virgins

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Hugh G Hampton – You’ve probably editied wikipedia yourself and if you have you haven’t done it properly

    read paragraph 1 line 7:

    with teams now qualifying based on league position. In 1971, it came under the auspices of UEFA and was replaced by the UEFA Cup, now UEFA Europa League.[1][2]

    That means we won the equivalent of the UEFA cup or Europa league, a MAJOR trophy to be sure! but your right Sunderland do have a lot of records of their own, i mean having the 2nd lowest points in Premier League history is pretty hard to do so fair play

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    oh Hugh, check your beloved wikipedia again, your calling us trophy virgins

    Even if we didnt win the inter fairs cities trophy then we won the fa cup 3 times in the 1950’s and therefore got tropghies, virgins? I THINK NOT!

  • Shearer

    Jul 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17


    Go back to Sunderland u D@FT Mackem!

  • geordielad880

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Past success means nothing anymore anyways, we are a bigger club than sunderland anyways, always have been always will be, we were still in the top 15 in europe on the deltoite money league, even when we were in the championship, and well above sunderland, if you go abroad most foreigners havent even heard of sunderland football club, yet everywhere you go everyone knows newcastle because of our more recent history i.e champions league football etc, cup finals etc, we might not have won anything recently, but we have still competed at the top in the last 10 years or so, cant say sunderland have really, i would love to have seen how many fans would have attended games down in the championship, if you had been relegated like us, niall quinn had to give tickets to schools, and go round pubs to give tickets away to get some fans to go to your matches, which says everything about your supporters, when the going is good you will fill it ok, but as soon as things are looking down, your stadium is half full at best

  • burnsie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Hugh G Hampton u are an absolute prat. alrite lads? i aint been on as poster for ages but i read your comments about 3-5 times a day. all im gunna say is that the majority of people are sound lads but there a few tosssers that spoil it for everybody like HENOK, HUGH G AND OTHERS. I dont think henok can even write in english most of the time! anyway, anybody heard any mad rumours 2day???

  • lewman

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    your right geordielad and alan shearer is another reason why we are so famous. when ever i go on holiday and mention newcastle to the locals, they always mention alan shearer, i also saw a picture of st james park in a random bar in a small town in turkey and newcastle shirts up in sports bars around the world. plus wtf have sunderland won that is better than us in my lifetime ( i am 25), and when have you ever played competitive matches against the likes of barca, inter and juventus, i bet you have to go back to before i was born and i am not sure if you ever have.

    sunderland are a small club

  • moir01

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21

    anyone know if this is on radio ? and if so link please

  • Shearer

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22

    anybody got a link for Newcastle Norwich game like? cheers 🙂

  • Toonfan1

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t think there is any radio or tv coverage of the game unfortunately 🙁 but the official site and the chronicle are having live written updates which is the best you’ll probably find lol.
    Team for today is

    Krul, Tavernier, Enrique, Coloccini, R Taylor, Barton, Nolan (C), Edmundsson, Carroll, Best, Ranger

    Subs alnwick (G), Williamson, Guthrie, Routledge, Smith, Xisco, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Vuckic, Ferguson, Henderson

    Can’t really see who will be playing at CB with Colo unless its Carroll 😐 played there before a few times. Nice to see young lads like Tavernier and Edmundsson getting run outs but I would have loved to have seen Vuckic strutting his stuff out there today.

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Somebody tell me why is Edmundsson starting? I know its preseason but didnt we get him on loan?

  • eltoro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Tavernier at centre half i’d imagine.
    I think it might be Best playing on the right and Edmundsson on the left. The best thing I have seen Best do is the cross against Swansea.

    If the team changes totally at the break Smith might end up at centre back -or Guthrie at right back – but I think the runout is all that matters.

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26


    Its Ranger and Best on the sides of Carroll as a 4-3-3 formation.

  • burnsie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #27

    yes, edmundsson is an attacking left sided midfielder. not a winger tho. 18. from faroa isles.

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #28

    I think Edmundsson is dropped and Vuckic has taken place….

  • burnsie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #29


    r.taylor tavernier colo enrique

    barton nolan edmundsson

    ranger carroll best

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #30

    This is Norwich radio. Works dont know if game is coming on

  • burnsie

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #31

    edmundsson injured in warm up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    “Even if we didnt win the inter fairs cities trophy then we won the fa cup 3 times in the 1950?s and therefore got tropghies, virgins? I THINK NOT!”

    We do not think that you have seen your team EVER win a trophy unless you are 72 years old ergo we think you are “TROPHY VIRGINS”.×300.jpg

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #34

    try comment 30

    If you want commentary radio

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Stupid Nolfolk radio……

    They put some other crap on…

  • Shearer

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheers Baro 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37

    haha nice to see the Mackums buy our rejects hehe. How many times have Sunderland won the F.A cup, and how many times have they been in Europe…………………………………….as for Europe, never as for F.A. Cup, well a few less then NUFC. Who next for Sunderland ehhh,……….Marcelinho!!!!!!

  • Shearer

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Oooo 🙁

  • baro

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Hey Shearer

    They are switching around from game comentary and music.

  • petey

    Jul 24, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #40

    nothing like a bit of the old text commentary from


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