Paul Bracewell was born in Heswall in Wirral, which in the county of Merseyside.
Paul Bracewell – while at Newcastle
And Paul, who was a midfielder, played for Newcastle from 1992 through 1995, and he now runs Complete Soccer in Gosforth.
Liemka lot of former players he has decided to settle in Newcastle, after playing for seven different clubs, during his 20 year football career from 1979 though 1999.
And Paul has commented on Newcastle’s progress of last season, with some words during the launch of the Martin Gray Football Academy’s partnership with Southmoor Academy in Sunderland.
Paul played when Kevin Keegan was managing the club, and the now 49-year-old sees some distinct similarities between Alan Pardew’s current side, and Kevin’s famous Entertainers of the 1990s, which brought Newcastle great publicity around the world.
Paul seems confident things will only get better at Newcastle:
“Newcastle had a fantastic season.” “At the start of the season a lot of key-players left and a lot of people were thinking ‘How are they going to do?”
“Well fair play to them, they did fantastically well.” “European football is great for the town, there’ll be a real buzz about the place.” “But again, expectations will be high as the bar is raised again for next season.”
“That’s part and parcel, I think they’ve got some good foundations in place, and I would imagine they’ll go from strength to strength.” “They’ve got some good players and no doubt Alan will be looking to strengthen in every department.”
“You’ve got to if you want to compete at that level in Europe.” “It’s all about players, whether you get the right ones and as long as you do, it doesn’t matter whether it costs you £100K, £9M or £29M.”
“It’s all about getting good players in, and having a good team spirit.” “They look like they have that.” “It reminds me a lot now of when I was there playing under Kevin Keegan.” “They’ve got everyone working, there’s a good team spirit that you can sense.”
“When you go to the ground now, the place is jumping, and rightly so.” “They’ve had a great season – now they have to try and build on it.”
We somehow think that Paul didn’t check things out with Alan Pardew before he spoke those words, as Alan is busy trying to lower the expectations of the Geordie fans for next season.
And Fabricio Coloccini, the Newcastle captain, did his part in the local press this morning, when he said the fans and the team had to stick together during next season – whatever happens.
Having said all of that – we definitely hope Paul is right.
Howay The Lads!!