The Newcastle players will report back to training next Wednesday after a fairly short summer break and the new goal for Newcastle next season are a top eight finish in the league and to try to win one of the cups – The FA Cup for the first time since we hammered Manchester City 3-1 in 1955 or the League Cup for the first time ever.
And since we are going to compete in all three local competitions next season instead of just the league, then we will need a bigger squad which means a bigger wage bill – so we’ll see what we end up with by September.
Paul Dummett – in action last season
Local Kenton lad Paul Dummett is one of our players who will report back, and like a number of players last season he had injury troubles and was out a while earlier in the year with an injured knee and he also had some hamstring problems.
This is what Paul has said in the Chronicle today, when asked if we can finish in the top half of the table:
“That was our aim last season.” “But from January and February we had 35 points we just drifted away and never regained that form we’d shown in the first half when we played.¨
“We’re not a bad team.” “We beat teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool and bad teams don’t do that.”
“We also won six games in a row. We need to find that form again.” “Hopefully that does happen and it can give us a boost going into pre-season.“
“New players can help us push up the Premier League so we aren’t in the same position we were in at the end of the season next year.”
If you believe last season collapse from January on was due in the main to the poor coaching and man-management of John Carver then we should be in decent shape next season.
We did fairly well in the first half of the season with 26 points from the first 19 games while Alan Pardew was still at the club, and we were in a decent 9th place.
Newcastle also did well in the League Cup beating Manchester City away, and reaching the last eight before crashing out 4-0 at Spurs in what was a poor performance.
If we replicated that first half of the season before the end of the year it wouldn’t be too bad, and we would be in with a decent chance of finishing in the top eight for only the second time since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.
But we need to solve the mystery why we always pick up so many injuries each season, and those chronic injury problems depletes an already small squad.
So the fact we pick up so many injuries is another reason we need a bigger squad, but we hope the new coaching staff will solve that problem next season.
What do you think?