Glenn Roeder managed Newcastle from February of 2006, when he replaced the dour Scot Graeme Souness, who had surprisingly been appointed manager, after Newcastle has sacked Sir Bobby Robson, and Glenn had a great start to his management career by getting Newcastle up to 7th place and back into Europe by May of 2006.
Graeme Souness at Newcastle – yes – it didn’t go well
But Glenn didn’t fare too well in the next season, and by the next May he was fired after we had finished in a disappointing 13th place in the Premier League, one place above Manchester City..
Glenn was interviewed yesterday in the local press and thinks Newcastle are good enough to get into the top six this season:
“Surely a team that is full of international players and going to the World Cup should be thinking top six?” “It’s all right saying you have to be realistic.”
“But in football you have to be unrealistic sometimes.” “When they first started talking about flying to the moon, some people probably thought ‘no bloody chance’.”
“But they got there.” “If you want to achieve something big you have to think unrealistically sometimes.” “This team have already proved they can finish fifth.”
“They’ve got two games coming up at home against Norwich and West Brom and they really should be taking six points and using it as the springboard for better things.”
Glenn is right in that to reach a goal you always have to aim high – otherwise there’s a very high likelihood you will fail, which is one reason it’s frustrating that owner Mike Ashley wants Newcastle only to finish in the top 10 as a goal.
Maybe he should just say avoid relegation each year and w;ell be just fine – but the point is we need to be a lot more ambitious.
It reminds us of a quote from the great Bill Shankly, the iconic former Liverpool manager, who had this to say about ambitions and aiming high:
“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
That’s why Newcastle should be aiming a lot higher than only a top 10 position – and if we came out and said we wanted to be in the top six for instance – that would be great.
And remember fortune always favors the brave – and certainly not those who aren’t even willing to go for it – and If you don’t go for things in life the chances are you’ll never reach your goals.
Here endeth the lesson.
We need all 3 points tomorrow.
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