Newcastle Captain Shows Leadership – Confident About Coming Season

In the last two seasons, three north-east sides have been relegated, and two have been promoted.

Last year Newcastle were relegated, and Middlesbrough was promoted, so we had the odd case of Newcastle – by far the biggest club in the northeast – being down below. – but it was only for one term.

But it was only for one season and much like back in 2010 – we won the Championship to come straight back up at the first attempt.

In May both Sunderland and Middlesbrough were both relegated and deservedly so and the ships passed in the night – so to speak.

Jamaal Lascelles – confident about coming season

And Newcastle United are now the only club in the Premier League of the north-east’s big three – back where we belong.

How quickly things can change.

Here’s what Jamaal Lascelles has said about that and the coming season in the Chronicle today:

“It is a very nice feeling.”

“Now we have the chance to really put a foothold down and say: ‘We’re the best team in the North-East’.”

“We are at the moment where we have a chance to show what we can do and as players, the onus is on us to make sure we do the job.”

“And we keep giving the fans what they want and expect.”

“Last season there was a massive expectation on us to win the Championship and take the title.”

“This season is a case of how well people think we’ll do and how many points we’ll pick up.”

“As players though – and we have some massive players here – we all want to do as well as we possibly can.”

“We are a bunch of winners and that’s why we won the trophy last season.”  “Individually and collectively we are winners.”

“The manager has made some great signings and the boys who he’s brought in are exactly the same.”

“If anybody else comes in and they aren’t pulling their weight then they must adapt.”

“I’m sure we will be fine and I am glad we will get some good results against tough opposition this season.”

“It’ll be a tough game against Tottenham Hotspur.”

“But we have a good group of lads and players and anybody who comes to St James’ Park will have their hands full.”

“Whether it’s a scrappy game or a game of fluid football, they are going to be up against it.”

“It will be tough but we are preparing and getting ready for it.”

With Jamaal having missed some of the pre-season because of injury it’s unlikely he will be in the starting eleven on Sunday against Spurs, and we don’t know whether Rafa will keep him as club captain this season.

The manager will probably not make any significant changes, and we expect to see Jonjo Shelvey get the extra responsibility of captaining the side on the pitch.

We expect Jamaal to have a good season coming up and of course, last season he was injured from late October on and played through injury – yet he still made the Championship Team of the Season.

This lad is going to become a much better player under Rafa Benitez’ guidance at Newcastle and Jamaal simply oozes leadership both off and on the field.

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145 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    so far 67 mackems have visited the site this morning amazing !!!!!!!!

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2


  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    be interesting to see if anybody admits to marking us down for relegation

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4


  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5


  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I could of gone for say 48 pts and mid-table, so decided to try to see where would relistically get points and it became tough on past form plus certain clubs have the Indian sign over us ie Arsenal and Man City who we cannot beat home or Away.
    West Brom – away is a place where we seem to be able to pick up points.

    Well any way that’s my logic and how I got/came to my points tally

    On Lejuene – he is a large peice of ‘timber’ and with his size comes a lot of skill and passing abilty – most impressed with him on Sunday

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    RIP Glen Campbell

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    hibbit…you seem to have the blog all to yourself this morning

  • jackostoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10


    Final league pos – 12th
    Points – 49
    League cup – 5th
    FA cup – 4th
    Player of the season – Lejune
    Top goal scorer – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 16

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning, jesper!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    The Rhinstone Cowboy

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning Ron…

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    The Wichita Lineman too!

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Cracking interview with Rafa on sky sports launch just there, clearly not a happy camper basically just doing it for the fans, if. I changes this will be his last season guaranteed

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    If we win on Sunday your whole season (predictions) is scuppered!!!

  • Bambams

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #17

    You lot watched premier league opening this morning with Rafa interview.

    Bloke obviously not happy that we missed outvtargets early and we will not be making £25 million pound signings. When asked directly if staying he diverted to his Chinese is not that good but then backed it up that the fans keep him here but he is ambitious and wants to improve.

    Doesn’t think anyone will come in before spurs match but hopefully before the end of window they can do something to give ‘the fans and everyone a boost ‘….

    Came across very well as always

  • Bambams

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Shearer interview now on ssn

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #19

    All the folk who provided the soundtrack to my formative years are popping their clogs.


  • martoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Charlie – I think you’ve been realistic – hard to argue with most of your guesses. If you’re right it’s our home form which will keep us up – opposite to last year!
    Budge123 – Still waiting for the reigning champion 🙂

  • geordieracer1980

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Final league pos – 10th
    Points – 51
    League cup – Semis
    FA cup – Quarters
    Player of the season – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer – Ritchie
    No. of goals for TGS – 14

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Interesting posts from mikeashleyisamackem last night:-

    “There will be no keeper signed
    Darlow told me Saturday he is staying.

    Also dummett is highly thought of at newcastle
    The club believe he is good enough
    There will be no new left back as manquilo plays there also

    Colback also had a bid rejected by newcastle as mike ashley is keen for newcastle to have players from the area in the squad
    He is seen as a solid player who has much to offer the club

    Mitrovic apparently refused a transfer to a club in France
    Rafa was furious and mitrovic begged to stay
    He has till Christmas to prove his worth.”

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Teams in the premiership tend to more open away unlike the Championship wher they came to SJP to defend.

    Lindisfarne – win against the spuds – love to see it but head rules heart!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #24
  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh dear!!

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #28

    From the video that Ron has posted I think Rafa will stay to the end of the season and then leave.

    Hopefully this is Rafa pushing Ashley into to do something – last time Rafa did this we signed Murphy and Manquillo. If a similar reaction doesn’t happen I don’t think it looks to good.

  • Reilly

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Hibbit.I voted for relegation as it stands the squad is nowhere near good enough to stay up.
    We have 1 fit striker that last time we were in this league was more a liability than a threat at goal.Im struggling to see 3 worst teams than us.its going to be a long fkin nightmare if we dont get new players in.

  • Reilly

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #30

    18.5m for Andre Gray.madness but thats the way it is.

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #31

    NUFC did bid for Senegalese International Badou N’Diaye and made
    his agent an offer.
    However he decided to stay in Turkey and move from Osmanlispor
    to Galatasaray

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Ron…you should take what mikeashleyisamackem says with a gain of salt…he has inside knowledge each transfer window…not much seems to come through!

    …I will say though that nothing he just said is news really…it’s what we can gather from of the tit bits of news from the internet

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Says 11.5 for Andre Gray on sky.
    Excellent interviews from Rafa and Shearer – honest and forthright – won’t say brutal 🙄
    Thought Jacob Murphy also came across very well, for a young, inexperienced lad.
    We have a lot of young lads who want to be here, want to play, could be to players – they’ll certainly be getting my full support, all season, come rain or shine. This season could be the making of them.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Reilly…if you can sell him again fro £24M then you cares 🙂

    …English players are no doubt over-priced, but the marked it crazy because of the insane TV-money and if you buy right then you can sell to a massive profit in a season or two.

    Imagine paying £18.5M for Gray and then pay £6.5M for Rivi…you might not be able to afford Gray, but you’ll only lose money on Rivi…

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35

    You tinker, Reilly having 100 votes/accounts on here 😉

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Thanks, for offering to do the season WDL predictions, Charlie 😈

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #37

    *you = who

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #38


    It’s consistent with what Darlow would know but I have a bag of salt here just in case!

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #39

    The draw on Sunday at 11/4 looks a canny bet

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #40

    Arsenal L L
    Leicester W L
    Watford W D
    Liverpool L L
    Chelsea D L
    Burnley W L
    Crystal Palace D W
    Huddersfield D W
    Everton W L
    Stoke W L
    Southampton W L
    Swansea W L
    West Brom L L
    Brighton W W
    Spurs D L
    West Ham W L
    Man City L L
    Man Utd D L
    Bournemouth L W

    45 pts

    13W 6D 19L


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