Once we knew what squad we had for the coming season, well at least through January, we reran a poll asking where Newcastle would finish in the league, and most fans think Newcastle will finish in the bottom half of the table.
Mike Ashley – needs injection of ambition and inspiration – that’s unlikely
60% of fans think Newcastle will finish between 1th place, and above the relegation zone ( and in 17th place), and that’s the biggest percentage vote for the four different blocks the team could finish in.
Here are the results so far, and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t yet voted.
We suppose the official position of the club is to finish in the top half of the table, although we don’t really know, since nothing too specific has been said by Newcastle officials about this season.
But top half will probably be the goal from now on, unless Mike Ashley gets some real ambition for Newcastle United, which seems rather unlikely.
The five year plan that Mike Ashley put in place when he bought the club in 2007, ended last summer – and things looked great at that time – even though we had been relegated in May, 2009 but came straight back up.
Last summer we had just finished 5th top of the Premier League and qualified for Europe for the first time since 2006, and Mike Ashley had even become popular – almost an oxymoron.
But since then everything has gone wrong, and we just avoided relegation last season when we finished 5th bottom, twelve months after we had finished 5th top.
Where we go from here is anybody’s guess, but maybe we will do a lot better than we expect before the end of this year – that’s the positive scenario.
There’s always hope, but if we had signed three good players in the summer, the expectations and excitement of Newcastle fans would have been a lot higher than they are now.
Unfortunately, it seems that Mike Ashley’s lack of ambition for Newcastle, and his apparent unwillingness to spend money to build the squad into one that can challenge for a top six position, has reared it’s ugly head once again this summer, and it’s just as evident now as it was last summer.
That’s the negative scenario.
What do you think?
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