It’s been another good day for Newcastle fans with the seemingly long wait for Aleksandar Mitrovic almost over, as the smiling 20 year-old jetted into the Newcastle and was met by Newcastle officials this afternoon – and he will now have a medical, sign along the dotted line and be announced as a Newcastle hopefully tomorrow – and as soon as possible tomorrow.
And it looks like hos team-mate Chancel Mbemba, the Anderlecht center-back will not be too far behind him.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – a Newcastle player tomorrow?
We watched the game again this afternoon and Newcastle played quite well with the two goalkeepers – Krul and Woodman playing very well.
19 year-old Rolando Aarons also showed the form he was in last summer in pre-season in his 20 minute appearance.
The coaching staff are trying to be a lot more open with the fans – and that’s a very good thing and maybe there can be more open sessions with fans attending the training and more open sessions with the press too.
Assistant coach Paul Simpson has given a long interview to the Chronicle today and has covered a number of good points, so here it is in it’s entirety to get the word out to the fans.
He was asked how the new season would be – just to get him going – and he came out with this:
“It’s going to be magnificent.¨ “It’s quite funny really because you read the comments people are making.” “It was quite negative up until about a week to 10 days ago.”
“But there seems to be a little bit of a shift in it.” “We want to be very open about it.” “We don’t have any secrets and we want to be open about the way we do things.” “The opportunities like having the fans come to watch us like in the US.”
“And we had an open Press day back at the training ground before we came out.” “It’s important because we need everybody with us. We’ve got one magnificent football club and there should not be any animosity between us all.”
“We should all be getting on together and if we do that I can assure you if we do win some games it’s much better to win them together than alone.” “It’s a great challenge for us and a fantastic opportunity.”
“We had 20 great months at Derby County together.” “Now this is another level.” “This is stepping it up again, we are going from one big football club to a huge football club.” “We are delighted to get the opportunity and for me it’s a great challenge.”
“When you are doing coaching badges these are the opportunities you are working towards.” “So to get this chance is great.” “We are going to work extremely hard to take the opportunity.”
“Again the preparations are becoming a bit clearer again with Southampton drawing Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League.” “We know where they are going to be on that Thursday night and start planning towards looking at that game as well.”
“Everything is starting to take shape but it is geared towards that first game, and we want to get off to a good start in front of our own fans.” “We want to get off to a positive start.” “We know nothing will be achieved on August 9.”
“But we are also fully aware that we need to hit the ground running and keep building and building.”
“If we are fortunate enough to bring in new additions over the next few weeks then we will get them bedded in as well and hope that come that Southampton game we are all ready to hit the ground and start properly.”
Our first Premier League game against Southampton is three weeks today – so it’s not very long.
The coaching staff are certainly showing an openness to work and communicate more closely with the fans.
If Newcastle can get five new players through the door this summer and we can all start pulling in the same direction, there’s really no reason why we cannot have a very good season to make it for the shocker last term.
That’s what we’re hoping for – to turn things around completely from the terrible second half of last season.
What do you think?