The last time Newcastle were flying high was around eight years ago when Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.
John Carver and Bobby Robson – when Newcastle were a top club
In his final three seasons at the club (2002-2004), Bobby had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th position in the Premier League and twice qualified his home town club for the European Champions League.
And John Carver was his assistant at the time, but then Bobby was sacked in late August of 2004 by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, and the club went on a decline.
That decline was only turned around last season, when the lads got out of the second division at the very first attempt, and with a little luck Newcastle could finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.
John Carver is of course back as Assistant manager at Newcastle, and seems to be working well with manager Alan Pardew, and he thinks the club is on the right track to get back towards the top, but of course it will take time.
This is what John said at yesterday’s first annual Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity golf day:
“The club now is different to what it was then because of what has happened to it,”
“If you cast your mind back to where we were and what we did and where we are now, its slightly different.”
“But we understand how we need to get back to where we were and its something that will take a little bit of time.”
“Everyone understands that, the fans in particular, and hopefully if we do it the right way and try to build it the right way.”
“That’s what the owners are trying to do – we’ll go in the right direction.”
Most Newcastle fans are waiting to see what will happen in the summer transfer window, after the club surprisingly sold one of their top local players, striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.
If somehow the club can bring in 6 new players, and maybe let one or two leave the club, then it will have been a good summer transfer window for the club, following a disastrous one in January.
That seems to be the aim this summer, at least from what Alan Pardew says, since owner Mike Ashley never says anything, but of course what you want to do and what you can do are often two different things.
But certainly it seems that the necessary homework and scouting missions have been completed, and Newcastle have identified their transfer targets, and now the job is to get them on Tyneside before September rolls around.
That’s the goal – and we live in hope – as usual.