The mini-collapse of Newcastle since early March and especially over the last three games, when we have one point and Brighton have taken 9 points may have spooked some Newcastle fans.
Maybe we have thought this Newcastle team is better than it really is, but it is certainly inexperienced and there’s not many of our players who have had success in football at the club level.
Of course that’s also probably true for Brighton players although they have had the extra experience of two seasons fighting for promotion after last year missing out on second place on goal difference (2 goals) to Middlesbrough who look like they will be relegated from the Premier League this season.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
It’s sad watching these games when the relegated sides seem to have little or no confidence.
It’s good that Brighton have been promoted and they certainly deserve it and now Chris will want to reach 101 points and 31 wins – one more win and one less point than he achieved with Newcastle seven years ago.
Chris has done brilliantly at Brighton.
Rafa was always going to have a huge reshuffle of his squad this summer and because of the failings at the end of this season – there’s now only three games to play and we are still not assured of promotion – that overhaul may be even greater now.
Rafa will at least want to finish in the top 10 and we expect privately he wants to better than that on his return to the Premier League with Newcastle.
Lots of players will leave the club this summer, but what’s more important is that we attract some top players this summer to join Newcastle.
It will not have helped us that we will not go up as Champions or that we have struggled at the end of the season.
But then there’s the obvious draw of Rafa and the new Newcastle United and we expect to be able to attract some very good players.
We’d be surprised if Rafa and Lee Charnley don’t already have one or two players lined up and Lee will make the move once we are officially promoted.
Assuming we will get an automatic promotion spot still.
With the mini-collapse of Newcastle, the powers that be at the club will be very keen to have a very good transfer window this summer with many of the new players on board before pre-season training starts at the beginning of July.
The lads will have a good eight week break this summer with the Championship closing on Sunday, May 7th, with all games kicking off at noon.
But it makes it even more important that Rafa and Newcastle can attract some top players this summer and maybe some of those we have already been linked with may not be good enough?
What do you think?