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Newcastle Could Face Complete Failure By May

8:30 am, Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

It’s not something that’s worth thinking too much about.

It’s similar to thinking last season that the nightmare scenario could happen and we could get relegated just before the new massive Premier League TV Rights deals clicked in.

And it did.

But it’s not worth thinking too much about what will happen if we don’t manage to get promoted this season – thinking about terrible things that may happen never did anybody any good.

jonjo shelvey rafa benitez training

Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in training

Jonjo Shelvey has brought that up today that if we don’t get promoted this season it will be a complete failure and he’s right – given the many great players we now have in the Newcastle squad.

That’s the number one goal – it’s the only real goal for this season – promotion back to the Premier League.

This is some of what Jonjo has said today:

“You do want to play every game, but I think there are seven games in September, so you’re not going to be able to play in every one of them.”

 “That’s why we’ve got a squad, and everyone is pulling in the right direction.”

“We’ve all got one focus – it’s a team game and you can’t win anything on your own. As long as everyone is pulling in the right direction, we’ll get there.”

“In my opinion, if we don’t go up, it’s a complete failure,” “When you look around at the dressing room and see the players we’ve got, we’ll have failed if we don’t get promoted.”

“There are people here who have been there and done it, and there’s a lot of Premier League players in that changing room.”

Rafa will ensure no emphasis is placed on the negatives of not getting promoted – he’s far too good and far too experienced a manager to ever let that happen.

Rather he wants to get the friendly competition going between players and start getting those wins on the board and the mood will be very high – as it is right now.

It’s never worth concentrating on the negatives – only the positives – that’s what gets you success.

It could happen we don’t get promoted, but the odds have to be in our favor with the club having done almost everything right since Rafa agreed to stay at Newcastle on May 25th.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I thought Shelvey looked noticeably fitter and more mobile this year, not as sluggish, bit nippier.

    He was retaining the ball a lot better than before. Part of that will also come from dropping down a league, but nevertheless, I see a physical and mental improvement in him so far, and that can only be a good thing.

  • 2 Legolas // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Tsunki, no problem. You are wide of the mark. Just here for a bit of (football) banter.

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Thought, as in especially at the last home game.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    On previous!

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    You’re telling us what Jail will say. Then you put a perfectly good answer on Jail’s lips. Then you make a crap attempt to rubbish it. And then you throw in your favourite pigeon shitting on a chess board line as if that somehow might score a point. Have I got that right?

  • 6 expatmag // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Sick of the ancient history tossers on here. How about a bit of positivity and cut the back biting.

    Too much to ask?

  • 7 headtheball // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    For those antipodeans residing in paradise and reading this, Foxtel customers can watch Derby v NUFC 0230hrs Sunday morning bein3 sports Ch 515.

  • 8 Wayayman // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Expat, well said. It’s like the Bigg Market after 10pm on here some times. If only there was a breathalyser test before people blog or go on Ebay.

  • 9 expatmag // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Headthe ball

    Already marked on my Melbourne calendar. Even getting my 11 year old daughter up for the game

  • 10 headtheball // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Perhaps if us expats could hilight future games on Foxtel it would assist those of us heading toward alzheimers!

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    headtheball – just to remind those of us down here who opted out of Foxtel (like me), you can download the beIN app as well. I’ve got it on my i-pad. Don’t have to get out of bed!

  • 12 expatmag // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:24 AM


    Say what?

  • 13 BandB // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:36 AM


    How long is it since you saw anyone kick-off with an obviously pre-planned diatribe against Ashley?
    Pinning a rap on all “the usual suspects” along the way.
    Jail seems to have made his peace with Ashley for the time being, and I’m happy to let it drop and have said so several times.
    No, what we see is two people trying to raise a rousing chorus of “How Great Thou Art” from the crack of dawn every day, calling out ancient grudges as they go and obviously spoiling for a fight, which they sometimes but not always succeed in provoking.
    You should know yourself that you can’t stray far from the path of righteousness without being portrayed as a dinosaur or fair-weather fan.

  • 14 BandB // Sep 9, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    It seems Jail’s only “crime” at the moment is refusing to admit he was “wrong all along.”

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