Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was a bit merciless on us during our relegation season the season before last, but come to think of it we were absolutely pathetic under Steve McClaren.
That was before a certain Mr Benitez turned up at the St. the James’ Park entrance on March 11th last year and everything changed.
Rafa couldn’t quite keep us up, mainly due to the heroics of then Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, but in the last 16 months or so he has completely transformed the club.
Paul Merson – Newcastle a big club with a great manager
Rafa has also somehow managed to get everybody in the world (it’s a global thing) associated with our great club right behind him and that seems to include owner Mike Ashley who we hear is a big supporter of the world-class manager.
It says something when Mike now wants to sell a portion or all the club and for sake of our new found stability we now have most fans wanting him to stay in control.
That’s as long as he gives 100% support to Mr. Benitez and then we all know we could be on our way back to greatness.
Paul Merson seems to be wanting Newcastle to stay up in the Premier League and his words are oddly supportive of Newcastle.
Yes we know that may come as a shock to most fans.
This is what Paul has said speaking to the Chronicle today :
“They are back where they deserve to be, a big club like Newcastle.”
“I think their ambition should be to stay up – thirteenth, fourteenth.” “I say it all the time but I would love them to have a cup run.”
“Last season they got beat in the FA Cup by Oxford United (thanks for bringing that one up) and I would just like them to have a right go in the cups because they need to win one.”
“It is a big football club and to not win a trophy for that long.” “I don’t want Newcastle to end up a club that is just playing to stay in the Premier League, that rests everybody in the cup competitions.”
“I think they will be alright in the Premier League, especially with a great manager – but I would like to see them go for one of the cups.”
The aim this season will be to finish in the upper half of the Premier League and have two long cup runs in the FA Cup and League Cup and hopefully get to the final and win a trophy for the first time in 49 years.
If we can do that then everybody in Newcastle (and all our supporters elsewhere) will be walking around with their feet about two inches off the ground.
That should be a nice feeling!
Howay The Lads!!
Note: Emma Daubney and her daughter Tiegan are taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK on 1st July 17th at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
All donations go to Cancer Research UK.
Emma’s partner Danny lost a work colleague a couple of years ago to cancer and to had to watch the effects chemotherapy had on his body and it was heart wrenching to him as his friend had terminal cancer, but doggedly kept coming to work and plodding along.
Sadly he died in hospital and Emma’s auntie also had breast cancer but luckily came through it and was giving the all clear in the end.
So the two ladies are doing a great thing in raising funds to fight this disease and there are new treatments being developed all the time.
See if you can donate and help them reach their goals – Here’s the donation page