What a difference a year makes – last year at this time we were struggling and 13 points worse off than we are at the moment after 17 games, and we are even 3 points better off than we were two years ago, when we eventually finished in 5th place in the Premier League – the highest position Newcastle have attained since Bobby Robson was sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd back in 2004, because 5th place just wasn’t good enough for Newcastle in those days.
The great Sir Booby Robson while at Newcastle
And great credit has to be given to Alan Pardew for turning things around so dramatically, after we were almost relegated in May, and only narrowly escaped the drop in what was also our return to the Europa League.
Alan was asked in the local papers today, if he was looking forward to the busy Christmas schedule, and this is what he said:
“I didn’t last year when I didn’t have a fit team. We looked a bit tired.” “We are the complete opposite this year and we look a fresh team.”
“We have all of our best players available and as a manager you want to be going into those type of games in that type of mode.”
“I think when we get to Stoke we will have everybody available again.”
And as we’ve mentioned a number of times this season, and a few readers have sent us emails on it – Faye Downey has to be given credit for how much fitter and injury-free our players have been this term, and it was a masterstroke to appoint as Faye the Newcastle Fitness Director in the summer.
Now if we can only beat Stoke City on Thursday afternoon, the magic at Newcastle will continue.
Howay The Lads!!
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