In Alan Pardew’s press conference this afternoon there was video of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias at the Benton training grounds, going around shaking hands with the players and Mike even (trying to) kick a ball.
LLambias and Ashley – they visited training today at Benton
It seems Mike made one of those fleeting visits of his and the owner was smiling all the time – no doubt relived that Newcastle are again in the Premier League next season – aren’t we all.
Mike also had lunch with the players and the coaches and then was seen leaving in that helicopter of his.
Our very last game is against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, and a win in that game could see Newcastle very close to the middle of the table, after what has been a harrowing season, to say the least.
And Alan Pardew was upbeat at his press conference and this is some of what he had to say this afternoon:
“If we get that right, I think we will be okay. But I do think we need to add a little bit more experience of the level we are at.” “We have got some fantastic players here. We haven’t had the consistency this year and the continuity that we had the year before. “
“But without the Europa League next year, we will and if you look at our squad, we have still got some very, very good players and if we get the recruitment right, then we could be a force next year.”
It was a poor season, but Newcastle still have a lot of very good players in the squad, and any team would have struggled when top players like Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tim Krul were out for months at a time.
Some good transfers in during the coming summer transfer window, coupled with keeping our very best players, should see us have a strong squad next season – and we think we can make a good effort at securing another top six position.
That’s how we see the current situation – and it’s hardly all doom and gloom.
In fact we are really looking forward to the summer to see who we can get through the door.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org