Newcastle Have Momentum For Reentry Back To The Premier League

Newcastle and Rafa Benitez got the job done last year and for the second time in seven years we come straight back up as Champions after we were relegated in the previous season.

With the massive money now in the Premier League it was even more important that we could make the jump straight back up so we didn’t drop behind the Premier League clubs too much in terms of revenue.

And it was only the second time in the last six seasons that a relegated side has come straight back up in an automatic promotion spot.

But that still wasn’t enough to get Rafa elected as the Championship manager of the season with Brighton’s Chris Hughton winning that award last night.

Jack Colback in training

Jack Colback is a local lad and was hit hard like the rest of us when we were relegated last season thanks in the main to woeful management from Steve McClaren who seemed way out of his depth form the beginning of his tenure at the club.

Rafa came in with 10 games to play but still couldn’t save us, but he stayed on board and got us promoted back up to the Premier League last month.

Jack is looking forward to life back in the Premier league as this is what he had to say to the local press as reported in the Chronicle:

“You see teams going up doing better now.”  “You take the positive feeling around the place with you.” “The momentum’s with us. It’s a great achievement for us.”

“We’ll see what happens in the summer in terms of recruitment, but the fans can hopefully look forward.”

“Promotion was kind of the minimum we could do to right that wrong,” “It was hugely disappointing to go down, but I think no one’s exempt from relegation in that league.”

“Obviously, you’ve got the top teams, but from ninth or 10th downwards, it’s a battle.”

“We came up short. We should never have been relegated with the quality we had in the squad.”  “What we were lacking is the character, which we’ve got now.”

“We’ve bounced back first time of asking.” “It’ll be nice to be back in the Premier League.”

“We can go away now and enjoy the summer and come back and look forward to a good season.”

Things seems to be picking up in the transfer market with Newcastle being linked with Michy Batshuayi, Nicholas Pepe and James McCarthy today.

It seems we have ties up Christian Atsu from Chelsea for around £6.5M so wonder when our next signing will be – maybe Nicholas Pepe from Angers this week?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 23, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1


    I have very vague memories of Moore as Ivanhoe!

  • martoon

    May 23, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Ron Knee @1 – I must admit I can’t remember that but just read it in his obituary on the BBC, he was also in the Maverick playing James Garner character’s English cousin. I used to watch The Maverick but never realised he was in it until I read that. He was great in the Persuaders too – actually when you think about it he just played the same character in every series (a bit like Hugh Grant) but still a legend.

  • Ron Knee

    May 23, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3


    He once said: ‘Acting? It was left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised’.

  • lesh

    May 23, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4


    Maybe you were too young to remember Ivanhoe? 😉

    And, I’m surprised that Ed hasn’t posted a thread commemorating the 10th Anniversary of a momentous event in the life of Newcastle United.

    Yes, it’s 10 years since Mike Ashley bought his first big slice of the Club from John Hall, that to be followed by his buying Freddy Shepherd’s shares.

    And, good people, the rest is history.

    I’m expecting our Supreme Leader, Kim Jong May, to announce a public holiday and a day of celebrations for the good people of Newcastle upon Tyne. Ah, but then again she might even U turn on that as well. Strong and stable my Rs.

  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Phew…we’ve missed out on Defoe! He’s off to Bournmouth.

  • cyprus

    May 23, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #6

    We missed out on Defoe who bangs them in for fun, even with poor teams? Alrighty! 🙂

  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Yes! I believe we can do better than Defoe…lovely to debate with you cyprus :/

  • barkel

    May 23, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Defoe wouldn’t have been awful, scores pretty much every other chance he gets. Unlikely he would start every game with us so wages couldn’t be justified. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get 10-15 goals for Bournemouth next season

  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree Barkel; I do think he’ll get that amount…he missed quite a lot of chances in the 2nd half of the season I thought. Maybe off-field stuff occupying his mind, or his legs arent what they use to be.

    We need a young, talented and hunger Stiker…Iheanacho, Onyekuru

  • barkel

    May 23, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Seems to be a fair bit of talk about Onyekuru at the moment, hadn’t heard of him until recently (not big into the Belgian league and it’s been a while since I last played championship manager) he seems to know where the goal is. Worth a punt with the figures being mentioned

  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal suppose to have opened up talks for him…£6.8m being quoted, which seems a good price for what could be a great talent

  • hibbit

    May 23, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    big sam has resigned !!!

  • ToonRich

    May 23, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Tielemans rejects City, looks setfor Monaco.

  • lochinvar

    May 23, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has been jailed after admitting online banking fraud.
    The 25-year-old Southend United footballer was sentenced to eight months for conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

    Idiot with nothing between his ears.


    May 23, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Thats so gangster of ranger….. he’s an eejit!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 23, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    No helping some people, he’s just had a good season with Southend, blown it yet again.


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