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!!
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.