Paul Dummett is always good in an interview and gives the local lads’ view of what’s happening.
Paul also has some extra insight because he’s been the first choice left-back all season and appeared 35 times for Newcastle this season – the most games he has ever played in one season for his home town club.
Paul has 110 total appearances for Newcastle with three goals and while on loan at Gateshead and St. Mirren he added another 40 first team games to his record with a couple of goals.
Paul has been talking in the Chronicle with Lee Ryder about the last 12 months under manager Rafa Benitez – and they have been positive months despite being relegated last season.
Rafa Benitez talks to Paul Dummett
That was even though we managed 12 points in our final six Premier League games and took Tottenham Hotspur apart 5-1 (with only 10 men in the final 20 minutes) in that last game of the season at St. James’ Park.
What a display that was!
And it persuaded Spurs to cough up a massive £30M for the Man of the Match in that game – Moussa Sissoko – who went on to star for France in the Euro 2016 Championships – – and we better leave it there.
Other than to say the conspiracy worked like a dream and it was a fabulous deal for Newcastle.
Here’s what Paul has said in the Chronicle and it’s a long interview, but a good one:
“You obviously do not want to be relegated.” “Even if we had stayed up and the manager had stayed, I think he would have sorted out what needed to be done anyway, but you can look about it both ways really.”
“I suppose it has helped the club sort things out and turn things round.” “Hopefully, we can be on the up now.”
“Because I am from the City and all my family and friends are Newcastle fans and I am the same.” “It lives with you all the time.” “No matter where I go it is always with me.”
“If I go to different family or friends’ families, that is all they speak about – football.” “So I can never really get away from it.” “It can be hard but this season it has been positive.”
“Everyone I have spoken to has only had good things to say so it has all been a lot more positive.”
“We have a tough game Friday and our main aim is to win every game until the end of the season.” “One game at a time.”
“And if we win all remaining five games, which we are hoping to do, then we would gain promotion.”
“Relegation was a huge disappointment but we have put ourselves in a really good position now to win promotion and we need to carry on what we have been doing since the start of the season for the final five games.”
“It’s totally different to being part of a losing team.” “This season is different because we have been winning most games so the feeling around the club, around the city, everything has been much better.”
“We want to win promotion and then hopefully if we go up, carry on doing the same in the Premier League by winning games.”
“My first few seasons here were tough because we were not doing so well.
“It’s been quite negative so to have one season in the Championship after all that can maybe do us no harm really.”
“To have that good feeling back around the place is a real positive.”
With five games to go for Newcastle and almost certain to get an automatic promotion spot back to the Premier League, we’re sure Rafa has drummed into his players this week that they have to go out and win those five games.
The toughest game by far is the one at St. James Park tonight against a good-looking Leeds United side, who could well get the third play-off promotion spot this season.
Sometimes Newcastle have not been able to execute Rafa’s game plans this term, but we really hope we can get all 15 points out of the last 5 games and finish on a real high.
Both emotionally and on top of the league.
It’s the very least the long-suffering Newcastle fans deserve after the three previous very poor seasons, when fans’ nerves had been completely shattered – well mine had been at least.
Get that promotion and then we can celebrate all summer long – that sounds very good to us.
What do you think?