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.
What do you think?