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Newcastle Goalkeeper On The Difficulties Of The Championship

8:17 am, Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has ample experience in the Championship having played 111 times for Nottingham Forest and he even expects Newcastle to start as promotion favorites as we did seven years ago – the last time we were relegated.

This coming week could be monumental for Newcastle fans, as it’s expected that Rafa Benitez will agree to stay for the next three years as the Newcastle manager and then immediately start to build a team that can get straight back up – and then challenge for a top six position in the Premier League.

darlow saves from cabaye

Karl Darlow saving penalty from Yohan Cabaye

Rafa has also said he wants to restore a sleeping giant in Newcastle United back to its former glory and he wants to win trophies at the club.

That sounds so great!!

Karl Darlow has talked about what life will be like in the Championship next season and it’s not going to be easy:

“I’ve got a lot of experience in the Championship, and it’s a very tough league.” “Every game is a mental test, and every game is a scrap.”

“You play Tuesday nights at difficult places, and it’s about grinding out results more than anything else really. It’s hard to look at the bigger picture when you’re in that league – it’s about grinding out results and trying to build momentum.”

“But the quality we’ve got in this squad is far superior to anything else in the Championship and that should stand us in good stead. If we can keep what we’ve got, and also keep the manager, then we should be fine.”

“There’ll be a lot of talk about character and attitude, but ability is important as well,” “Over the course of a season, the best teams will come to the top and we have to remember that.”

“If we can keep the quality that we’ve got, then we should be able to go through that league.”

“We might need to add a few because you need a bigger squad. The matches take their toll when you’re playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday.”

We expect Rafa Benitez to bring in quite a few players this summer and some will be experienced players with leadership skills who can help us battle things out in the Championship.

One such player mentioned as a possible recruit is Rafa’s former Liverpool center-back Daniel Agger, who will be a free agent in the summer.

The 31 year-old captain of Denmark would be a great addition to our squad this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Benitez brings intelligence and method. Let’s hope things go without a hitch this week.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Ron Knee,
    I don’t know people are getting het up about what Ashley might do to Benitez in the future. The KK situation was very different, Ashley was relatively unknown and nobody was aware of his true intentions. He’s been well and truly sussed over these last few years by everyone, in and outside of football. Rafa is not stupid, Ashley must have convinced him he wants success and Rafa has it in writing, does Ashley really want another tribunal on his hands. The hope that Rafa brings is that we all genuinely believe that he is not here to cosy up to the regime and try to cement his standing as a mid table PL manager. He’s here to win things and get a bronze statue out side the ground.

  • 3 mindshaft // May 23, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Couple of West Ham friends of mine reckon Townsend to them is almost agreed – they could be talking b0llocks but I wouldn’t be surprised , he’ll get a lot of game time, play in Europe and earn himself a fair few quid off the back of the move back to his home
    Bilic seems a decent manager as well so this could have some legs
    Can’t blame him to be honest

  • 4 Ron Knee // May 23, 2016 at 8:34 AM


    I’m looking forward to the unveiling of Benitez’s plans for the club. Fingers crossed!

  • 5 Rotonda heights // May 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Ian / Carl / Monday’s child

    For a guy(s) who claims to be super intelligent you would appear to be on the spectrum somewhat in your tetchy display of learning difficuties.

    I am not going to go through it all over again for your benefit. You have failed to find one article anywhere, even in your fantasy land, where I ”dissed” Pochetinno. So I think either you’re on a wind up or you just need to file that away with any number of your aliases.

    Equally your obsession with Martinez. Again for the hard of hearing or plain ignorant, first season at Everton blinding, sadly no crystal ball for the subsequent dip.

    No crystal ball needed for your hero AP as anyone could see after an intial good spell he would bomb again and so it came to pass.

    Now if only you could accept when you’re wrong or found out, as opportunites to do so are abundantly plentiful.

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