The last two seasons have been an absolute nightmare for Newcastle fans and after only just escaping relegation a year last May we thought we’d be OK last season when last summer we paid out over £50M to bring some good players in and then spent close to £30M in January to further strengthen the squad.
But the appointment of Steve McClaren by Lee Charnley and the Board as the head coach was just a terrible appointment – a disastrous appointment – and the former England manager simply wasn’t good enough.
To cut a long and painful story short – we were relegated in May.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in pre-season
Rafa is just amazing – he’s so positive and upbeat
The really sad part about it was that we had by no means the worst squad in the Premier League and Rafa proved after he came in and we took Spurs apart 5-1 in that final game when we looked like a top six side.
But Rafa was brought in too late and at least for now we are second class citizens in English football and have a big fight on our hands to return to the Premier League next May.
Having smaller clubs with much less history and achievement in the game than Newcastle United – like Hull City, Burnley, Watford, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea, Stoke and West Brom in the Premier League is not good.
And for a player to move from Bournemouth to Newcastle in some people’s eyes now being seen as a drop down for him is unbelievable.
Who would have thought four years ago that would ever happen?
It’s a tough 46 game schedule coming up in the Championship and Jonjo Shelvey has today issued a rallying cry to his team mates to repair the terrible damage that was done last season and in previous seasons at Newcastle.
This is what Jonjo has said:
“I don’t think you can feel sorry yourself, and this certainly doesn’t feel like a club that’s feeling sorry for itself because of what happened.”
“We obviously deserved to go down because we weren’t good enough last year. It is what it is, and we are where we are, but it’s down to us now to put things right.”
“We’ve brought in some tremendous signings, and it’s obviously another big plus with the manager staying.”
“He’ll be giving it his best shot to try to get us out of the Championship. It’s down to us now to repay the fans for sticking by us.”
“There’s nothing better than being back playing games, that’s what you want to do as a footballer.”
“You want to play as many games as you can in the short space of time before the season begins, because that’s the best way to get fit and sharp.”
“It’s good to be back out there.”
We have to remain positive of course and once the season gets underway we can start getting those wins on the board and hopefully start to prove we are on our way back to being a top Premier League club again.
We have every confidence in Rafa Benitez who seems just an amazing man – so confident and upbeat and staying at Newcastle in the second division showed his loyalty to the club, but especially to the fans.
We support Rafa in everything he’s doing at Newcastle.
If anybody can return the club to greatness again it’s Rafa Benitez.