Mike Williamson has talked to the Newcastle Journal today, and says the two days the lads did at the Benton Training Grounds last week were reasonably gentle.
Mike Williamson – season targets this week
But of course with Newcastle ready to jet out towards the end of this week, for their first pre-season game against Chemnitzer FC at the Stadion an der Gellertstraße in Chermnitzer, Germany on Friday night, the training will be picked up big time this week.
And Mike is expecting the Newcastle squad to get to know what this season’s targets are this week, and that should be interesting.
Last season the target was to finish in the top ten in the Premier League, and the lads way exceeded that, with a terrific 5th place finish, and even qualified for the Europa League for the upcoming season - way ahead of schedule.
So it will be very interesting to learn what the new targets are for this season.
This is what Mike said today:
“We’ve been broken in reasonably gently last week, but the hard work will begin on Monday,” “It feels more settled this summer than maybe it has been before. You get that feeling around the place, there’s a feeling that we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”
“We’re ambitious again next year – we’ve not been told what is expected yet. John Carver just told us that last week was about fitness and then I’m sure this week we’ll get our targets, and it will be broken down for us. I can’t wait for the season to start.”
We’ll take a guess at what the goals are – and we’ll say a top six finish in the Premier League and qualification for the Europa League group stages.
That second goal simply means we will have to win our two game play-off game in late August, against a team we will not know until the draw is made on Friday, August 10th.
And at the moment Newcastle face three games in the first eight days of the season and two games in three days, with the first Europa League play-off game currently scheduled for the Thursday before we travel to Chelsea on the following Saturday – 25th August.
But if we win that play-off tie we’ll be in a group of four teams in the Europa League, and will play six games in Europe before the end of the year.
What do you think the targets should be for next season?