Sky Sports pundit Stuart Pearce joined Newcastle near the end of his career and played two seasons for us from 1997 when he played 56 times with one goal for the Magpies.
He’s also been in club management, most notably with Manchester City, but he also managed Nottingham Forest in the Championship so he knows all about how thick and fast the games come and what really a really difficult league it is to play in.
Stuart has talked about Newcastle’s promotion chances a few times this season and he usually has been hesitant to go all out and say we will definitely be promoted.
Stuart Pearce – former Newcastle left-back
But he seems to have convinced himself that the way we have come back from not a little adversity this season – losing two games at the beginning of the season and then having a poor festive season – means we should be able to grind out the wins that will finally see us promoted this season.
This is what Stuart has said on Sky Sports:
“They have got the squad, probably the strongest squad in the league. The fan base is sensational there, we know home and away they take absolutely massive numbers.”
“But it’s an unforgiving league, you’ve got to keep going and keep going, there are 46 matches in this league – it’s a tough league to keep winning in, and there are no easy games.”
“But they’ve got the tools to get out of this league without a doubt, and I think they will go up automatically.”
Let’s hope Stuart is right but starting Saturday we have three tough games in 10 days at Wolves and Norwich and then at home to Aston Villa.
We need to win every one of those games if at all possible.