Newcastle had a very good season last year, when we finished 5th top and qualified for Europe for the first time in six seasons, and then of course in the season just finished, we managed somehow to finish 5th bottom and just avoid relegation.
Alan Pardew – under pressure to deliver
And talking about yo-yos, those are the things we used to use way back in the 1950′s, and I was fairly good at it, and could do “rock the baby” and “walk the dog” – my claim to fame – but by all accounts yo-yos have been in existence since 500 BC – well would you believe it.
These days yo-yo is also meant as a term for going up and down, and we’ve had yo-yo clubs get relegated from the Premier League a number of times,and then be promoted from the Championship, and they have included clubs like West Brom, Sunderland and Birmingham.
We are hoping Newcastle are too good to follow that path, but our confidence last season was severely dented – but we’ll put it down to too many games in Europe and too many injuries.
But of course top clubs play in Europe every year and sustain injuries too, and they still finish in the top four – clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
But last season proved we are just nowhere near those clubs these days – although we were when Bobby Robson was running the club ten years ago.
Newcastle finished so pathetically low in the league table last season, behind Southampton and West Ham, two of the promoted clubs, and we were even beaten at home by Reading, another promoted club who were immediately relegated.
If it’s true that the extra games in Europe and injuries were the major reason for Newcastle’s poor performance in the league, then we should be able to do much better in the coming season.
If we don’t finish say in the top eight next May, then it says something is wrong, other than our squad is not big enough, and if we struggle again, we could even see a new manager come in.
That’s the challenge Alan Pardew and his team of John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman face next season, to turn things around, and it will be important to get off to a good start in August.
What will also be important is that we keep our best players this summer, and there have already been moves reported for both Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse, so early in this transfer window, and that’s a little worrying.
It’s a really important summer for Newcastle, and it could decide whether we continue to be mediocre like last season, or start putting together a squad that can challenge for a top six place, and also challenge in the two local cups next season.
Where do Newcastle United want to be in two or three years time – is a good question to ask right now.
We don’t see many yo-yos around these days, and things are certainly a lot different than they were back in the 1950s.
Newcastle won the FA Cup three times in 1951, 1952 and 1955 – and that’s another big difference.
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