After the terrible second half of last season, Newcastle need to re-establish themselves in the Premier League, and there would be no better time than to have another top six season next season.
Our target in the league is the most ambitious ever under Mike Ashley – with a top eight finish as the target – and Mike even has said he wants to win something – so that has to be one of the local cups – we have no chance of winning the Premier League.
Steve McClaren – positive influence at Newcastle
In was that ten game run at the end of the season that sunk us, when we lost nine of ten games and got a draw at home to West Brom.
That really put us in an awful lot of trouble last season, and now we are trying to convince very good players to join the club this summer, and it’s not easy.
But the fact that we sign the excellent Georginio Wijnaldum last Saturday shows Newcastle still have a good name in Europe.
If we can get another four good players in this summer, there’s no reason why we cannot have a really good season next season, and things look like they are starting to look up a bit for the club.
There’s no doubt the influence of Steve McClaren is having a positive impact and the head coach again talked about our objectives in the coming season:
“The objectives are top eight and to win something and we’re here for three years.” “That’s what we want to achieve and we can sell that to players and the present squad.”
“We don’t just sit here and say: ‘Oh let’s stay in the league and fight for that’.” “We have ambitions that are loftier and cup competitions are something I like.”
“Anybody can get to the semi-final or a final if you get the luck or right draw.” “Newcastle is a club of great traditions around Europe.” “We are popular in the US of A aren’t we?”
“Or so I have heard.”
It seems the team spirit that went missing earlier this year is back at the club, and that has to be good news, because we still think some of the players who were very poor for us this year can come good again.
Moussa Sissoko is one good example, and he can have a good season coming up under McClaren.
And it seems McClaren has assembled a top team behind him, and we’ll see if the young but talented Ian Cathro can fix that defense for us – which has been hopeless the last three years.
We’ve conceded 63, 59 and 68 goals starting with last season and going back to 2013, and even in our relegation year of 2008-2009 we conceded only 59 goals.
So the stats are crying out loud that our defense has simply not been good enough for three years.
We need at least one center-back and probably two brought in this summer to help fix our problems at the back.
If we can get two in that would be great – and we may have to press for top six.
Howay The Lads!!
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