Newcastle haven’t been placed as high in the Premier League at this stage of the season since way back in 1995, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.
Things are looking up at Newcastle!
Newcastle are 4th top at the moment and in a Champions League position, and we are hoping after the game at home to Spurs on Sunday afternoon, that we will remain in 4th position, and we definitely will do that with a win against the top London side.
With Tottenham doing so well under Harry Redknapp, we often wonder how Newcastle would have fared if Harry had accepted the offer to manage Newcastle United in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce had been fired.
Harry accepted the position on a Friday evening but then overnight changed his mind and turned the job down.
Kevin Keegan was appointed the following Wednesday, and Kevin’s second management stint at the club ended in disaster and his untimely exit at the club was partly responsible for Newcastle being relegated that season.
The players simply didn’t produce that season, and we have to remember Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill in the Premier League that season.
We don’t have the 6th highest wage bill any longer, and we don’t have the star players we had then, but Newcastle are nevertheless a much better side now than three years ago.
It’s sometimes hard to give any praise to owner Mike Ashley, but since we were relegated he seems to have done most things right at the club, in retrospect, although he is still disliked by an awful lot of Newcastle fans.
Even the sacking of Chris Hughton and the selling of Andy Carroll have not turned out to be the absolute disasters we thought they would be at the time.
To be fair, Mike has put the club on a much more solid financial footing, although the club owes Mike a lot of money he has loaned at a zero interest rate to Newcastle.
And there’s every chance Newcastle will soon actually make a profit on a financial basis, and wouldn’t that be something.
Fabricio Coloccini epitomizes the new thinking at Newcastle, and the Argentine is not getting carried away at all with Newcastle’s high position in the Premier League.
This is what the Newcastle captain said today:
“We are not looking too much at the table now as it is still early in the season. As long as we are not losing matches, that’s what counts.”
“We just want to keep working the way we are, and play the way we are playing – that’s all we can do.” “I think if we keep it this way we will get a lot of good results.”
Coloccini seems to be almost the perfect captain for this new Newcastle side, and we should see a very exciting game on Sunday afternoon, with both sides having some very good players and both sides playing attacking football, which is good to watch.
We may need some luck on Sunday, but we are looking for an outright win against the top North London side.
And then we can talk next week about Newcastle still being in 4th position in the league, as unbelievable as that may still seem at this stage of the season.