Xisco has talked in the local press today, and says it feels like Newcastle are a different club from the one he joined four years ago, when Kevin Keegan was the manager, and the Newcastle regime at the time had no idea how to run a football club.
Marveaux and Xisco in training – all smiles
But all that has changed and Newcastle are now a very well run club, and our finances are under control, unlike many clubs in England, including many clubs in the top half of the Premier League.
Of course in Xisco’s first season on Tyneside, there was complete turmoil at the club when Kevin Keegan resigned, and to cut a long and complicated story short – we ended up relegated from the Premier League for the very first time.
But since the relegation, the last three years have been successful as Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley have come to terms with how to run a football club, and the strategy we are now on seems a sound one.
Xisco has shown an excellent positive attitude in training, and he has been rewarded with a trip to Brugge, and will likely start on the bench tonight.
This is what the 26 year-old former Spanish U21 player had to say:
“This season we have a young squad and some young players in the first team.” “It is very different to the first year when I came here.” “You get a good feeling training with these lads every day.”
“It makes me feel good that I made my decision to stay here and work with them.” “I decided to stay and get a chance here. And I’m happy I made the decision.” “I’m still a Newcastle player and the reason I came here to play for the first team.”
“I have just worked hard. All I want to do here is help the team.” “I have one more year and I would like to play.” “It is the manager who decides who will play though.”
We hope Xisco gets on tonight, and the squad Alan has taken to Brugge includes Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux and James Tavernier, who will all be hoping they can see some action in the game, since they haven’t played for a while.
Here’s the squad that traveled to Brugge yesterday:
Rob Elliot, Tim Krul; Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana,Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Xisco
It seems that Rob Elliot could start in goal since Steve Harper is not in the squad, and we thought Yohan was not traveling?
What do you think the team will be tonight?
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