Leicester City is some story this year and after being bottom of the league at the end of March with just 19 points from 29 games and looking like certain relegation – former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson produced a miracle and they got seven wins and 22 points in the final nine games and survived and finished above Newcastle in the league.
Nigel was then surprisingly fired in the summer by the Thai owners and in came former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri and he has carried on and after only being promoted 18 months ago they are now top of the Premier League with 36 points from 16 league games and have left the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal chasing them.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner – needs to get more ambitious
If Leicester City can do it so can Newcastle United
Leicester City have nowhere near the financial resources that Newcastle have – and if Leicester can do it we don’t want to hear statements that Newcastle cannot challenge for the top six, because we don’t have the financial resources.
But to do that Newcastle have to aim much higher then we’ve done over the last few years and saying we want to finish in the top ten or even the top eight just isn’t good enough – ambitions have to be a lot higher than that at Newcastle.
Before you can achieve anything you have to believe you can achieve it.
We are reminded of the great former Liverpool manager Bill Shankley’s quote on ambition and having to aim really high:
“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
We could add to that – aim for top ten and you’ll be fighting relegation – but we won’t.
The Bournemouth team has been put together on less than a shoestring and yet they outclassed and outplayed a weakened Manchester United last weekend and won the game 2-1 and it looked like too many United players were just not interested when things got tough during that game.
There were sights of players like £31M Memphis Depay not being too keen to bother too much when things got tough – and the Dutchman cost many times what the total Bournemouth team were put together on – a broken shoestring.
What we have seen this season are teams like Leicester and Bournemouth run other teams off the park and even Newcastle have shown in the last couple of games that we can compete with the best – if our players give 100% and play with real commitment and passion.
So what we have seen this season takes away any legitimacy of Newcastle officials saying we cannot compete with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal or Manchester United.
Just look at what Crystal Palace have done this season after being in the bottom three a year ago and now they are joint 5th top with Tottenham.
Newcastle can now compete and what it always takes in these situations is the belief that we can do it.
Those running Newcastle now need to understand there are no real valid reasons why we cannot be a team that will compete for the top six,
And with some really good use of the massive money that will be available at Newcastle we can even build a side than can even get close to winning the Premier League – that should be the goal.
There are no valid reasons why we cannot do that – just excuses.
If you don’t believe that then just look at what Leicester City have done since April.