22 year-old Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden is resting at the moment as he recovers from a few knocks from the long hard season just completed.
And therefore Issac is not part of the England U21 squad that will participate in the European Championships in Poland starting in a less than two weeks time.
Issac has talked to the Chronicle today on what he thinks it will be like next season in the Premier League and he thinks it will be totally different from the way the three teams promoted last season approached the Premier League.
One reason is because we have an experienced world-class manager in Rafa Benitez, who knows more about the Premier League than any other league and certainly more than he ever knew about the Championship.
And we did very well last season to finish top of the English second division.
Newcastle as a club are also united and stable now, which we haven’t been for a long long long time – but everybody associated with the club backs Rafa Benitez to make us great again.
And that’s just exactly that the manager wants to do and the quicker the better.
This is what Issac has said in the Chronicle today when asked if Newcastle could perhaps learn anything from promoted teams Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull’s campaigns and their approach to last season:
“I think it’s more the mentality of the teams.”
“You look at Burnley and you have got Sean Dyche as the manager and you have got the players that they have – it’s a very hard-working team, Burnley.”
“They’d do well in any league because the basis of their game is hard work, tactical knowledge and being defensively strong, and that’s the difference.”
“Boro had a bit of a problem in terms of management, so that can affect the group, and Hull have come up and they struggled.”
“They’ve not really had a squad at the start of the season and they have had a change of manager, so if they stay up, then fabulous for them.”
“But I think this will be different if we have the stability and we have the manager behind us and the backing from the fans.”
“I think it will be totally different to any of the teams who were promoted last year.”
“The fans have been brilliant, the manager has been brilliant, the whole club has been united and moving in the right direction.”
“It’s not been the best of times over the last few years for the football club.”
“I can’t really comment on past years because I haven’t been here, but since I’ve been here, it’s been fantastic.”
“As long as it does move in the right direction now that the manager is staying then hopefully we can move forward and go on to bigger and better things.”
“This football club shouldn’t really be in the Championship, it should be in the top 10, top eight in the Premier League challenging for the European positions.”
“But it’s about being realistic. It’s about a platform that we have built here now and it’s about over the next few years – not just next year, but the year after that, the year after that.”
“We want to steadily improve, improve and get better and better and back to where this club belongs.”
Newcastle have momentum right now following the great achievement in getting straight back to the Premier League in an automatic promotion position (top), which is so much more difficult to do now than it was seven years ago – the last time we did it.
That’s because there’s now much bigger money to be made in the Premier League, where teams can make anywhere from £100M to £160M every year depending principally on where they finish in the league table.
That’s a lot more than the £7M each Championship club gets every May, wherever they finish in the Championship table.
The other reason is that the Premier League games get more global coverage than any other sports league in the world and the league is also not surprisingly the most popular sports league in the world.
So if English football clubs want to build a global brand and become well known world-wide, which can only help their commercial ventures, they must be in the Premier League.
That’s where Newcastle are right now – and we are hoping to push on to achieve bigger and better things under the leadership of Mr. Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?