Last year at this time, the day before our first Championship game in 16 years, against WBA, the Newcastle fans didn’t really know what to expect.
Chris Hughton – tough job on his hands next season
And as it turns out, this season is not much different right now, with a number of Newcastle fans thinking we will do well to just survive in the Premier League next season.
Of course we did just great last season, thanks in no small way to new manager Chris Hughton, and we think Chris is building up the squad slowly but surely on Tyneside.
We’d like to see three more players signed before the end of this month, to go with free agensts Sol Campbll and Dan Gosling and James Perch, who was signed from Nottingham Forest, and has looked a decent player in pre-season.
There’s no doubt that Hughton has a tough job on Tyneside, since he has been given very little money to strengthen the squad, and has to rely on free agents and loan signings to build the squad up – so we have some chance of surviving.
Personally we think Newcastle will do better then most fans think next season, but we are not shouting that from the roof-tops.
If Hughton can get us around mid-table next May, it will be as good as he did last season, in his very first season as manager of a football club, and confidence should return on Tyneside with the Newcastle faithful.
But make no mistake – Chris has got an enormously tough job on his hands these next nine months or so, to keep Newcastle up – given the limits of spending placed on him by the club.
If he can get us to mid-table next season, he’ll be as much a hero next May, as he was last May.
Howay The Lads!!