Newcastle have done very well since we were relegated four years ago, and the powers that be at the club have hauled Newcastle into a very healthy financial position, and we have made some great acquisitions in the transfer market under Chief Scout Graham Carr, who joined us three years ago last month.
Alan Pardew – he can smile now but it’s been tough
Graham is a rock star at Newcastle. 😀
We were promoted at the first attempt with 102 points and 30 wins in the Championship in May of 2010, and we had a solid first year in the Premier League, even though Chris Hughton was fired and Alan Pardew came in to manage the club.
Then last season we had a stellar year and finished 5th in the Premier League – the highest position since 2004, and qualified for the Europa League.
But the wheels started coming off the Newcastle bandwagon in November, and we went into a terrible slump, and we lost some of our best players through injury.
In fact we lost 10 of 13 league games, and the lowest point was when Reading got their first and only win on the road in the league this season – at Newcastle on January 19th.
But since then there has been a remarkable revival with our five French players coming in during January, and Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor back in the side, and playing very well indeed.
Alan Pardew has talked about the revival today in the Daily Mail:
“You are not going to have a tenure where you don’t have some problems. We had some big, big problems before Christmas.”
“The side really needed help and we got that in the transfer market. We had some of our better players come back to us, particularly Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor and suddenly we look the side we were last year.”
“Fortunately for us, we have done well in the Europa League games and we have got another competition that’s suddenly made us a very, very buoyant club again.”
“We are gaining friends and fans, and that’s what it’s about. Those young people who don’t usually come to Newcastle hopefully will be our fans forever.” “That’s what you do on these sort of runs, so it’s great.”
“For sure. I have got a better team – that helps – and better players, some great players.” “There are eight teams left and I don’t think they are any better than us, so we have got a chance.”
The season has been revitalized with our Europa League success, and since January we have got through two rounds against a couple of very good sides from the Ukraine and Russia, and didn’t concede a goal in the four games, and we now face Benfica in the quarter finals of the competition.
And in the six league games we’ve played since the terrible Reading defeat, we have won four and are currently in 13th position – and today we are at Wigan, and another win there would be fantastic.
Newcastle United are a buoyant club again – and usually we’d say we cannot wait until next season, when we should again do very well.
But something big could happen this season.
Howay The Lads!!
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