Fabricio Coloccini has attempted today to dampen expectations for next season.
Close-up of Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini
With Newcastle finishing 5th last season and surprising everybody, there is a chance that we may not do as well next season, with the target for last season only being to finish in the top half of the table.
Alan Pardew has already said with the club being back in the Europa League that it is impossible to finish 5th again, and with teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all having disappointing seasons last term, they will be building up to do a lot better next time around.
Fabricio was our Player of the Season, and he also made the PFA Premier League Team of the Season, and was in terrific form all season at the back for Newcastle.
This is what Fab said today to the local press:
“Maybe the fans will expect more from us next season but we must take it step by step and make sure that we don’t get ahead of ourselves.”
“We can’t expect to challenge for the Champions League just because we are Newcastle, we must earn it through hard work and maintain the same levels we had last season.”
“Last year we had a great season, maybe next season will be the same but we all need to be together again – the fans, the team and everyone.”
“We need to all go in the same direction again if we’re going to keep going from strength to strength.” “We need to maintain that feel of togetherness between the team and fans.”
“Everything feels very positive about the club at the moment but we must be careful. Next season which will be much more difficult than the last one for us.”
Those are great words and thoughts from the Newcastle captain, and we all need to be very patient next season, and maybe we’ll not get off to such a good start.
But obviously, whatever happens, we need to stick with the side through thick and thin – but we’ve had a lot of experience of doing just that over the years of course.
After all – this is Newcastle.
There was big news yesterday that Premier League Champions Manchester City want to sign Fabricio this summer, and Cheick Tiote has also been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United, with the price on his head being £20M – so to speak.
Demba Ba has been linked heavily with a move to Tottenham, but if you believe one local report of yesterday – Demba Ba has no intentions of leaving Newcastle at all, and he just loves the fans and atmosphere at the club, and the passion in the City.
We have to hope that’s correct, and if he refuses to leave Newcastle, that would be simply fantastic – and another hero is born on Tyneside.
But somehow we think we’ll lose at least one of our top stars this summer, but as long term readers know – we’ve been wrong once or twice before. .
That must give Newcastle some hope this summer.