Still Possible For Newcastle To Finish 10th In The Premier League


Like some other pundits, former Newcastle winger John Barnes thought that Newcastle would be good enough to finish in the top ten on our return to the big time in the Premier League.

The only thing Rafa Benitez would say about that is that he wanted to get Newcastle as high up the table but wouldn’t be drawn on any position.

When John made that forecast, things were looking almost perfect, and the fans were all looking to a successful summer transfer season for the second time running.

But as we all know that didn’t happen, and we spent only £12M net in the window, and surely we had more money than that to spend in the summer?

John Barnes – former Newcastle winger

It’s almost three months later, and Barnes has now said this to HITC in one of their exclusives:

“The target for each club coming up should be survival.”

“Newcastle are a big club, they have got a big stadium, but I think that in the first year if they can survive, then they can build on next year.”

“That’s rather than thinking because they are in the Premier League let’s go finish in the top six or the top 10.”

We may be daft – but we still think with Rafa coaching the side we could still finish 10th in the league next May – based almost entirely on the skill and experience of our current manager.

Most of our readers (72%) think we’ll finish somewhere between 11th and 17th.

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We remain positive but realistic too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • magspuggy

    Sep 5, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    I still think we will finish 10th but as long as we stay up i will settle for that . This season is about nothing more than staying in the prem and getting the money we need to build. Ashley wont give us it so we have to earn it rafa can get this lot to do that every place we climb is worth more money.
    E i e i o up the premier league we go.

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  • geordie157

    Sep 5, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    The only slight positives of the summer window were that a lot of the dead wood has gone. Believe two of the four that are left (krul and haidara) will be out of contract in the summer.

    The players bought in were slight upgrades on what went out with the exception of Lejeune who is a lot better than Hanley.

    Rafa is unhappy but if he gets a couple more in Jan plus a few more out ie Colback, Gamez then slowly but surely the squad is improving.

    Ashley does need to back him but for me the acid test is next summer when we have more money available….if he’s not backed then he’ll leave. I think Rafa’s relationship with the fans, players and the fact he will want us to be premier league club next season gets us this season with him still in charge.

    However…..as daft as it sounds…I can see Wenger leaving Arsenal next summer and Rafa is exactly the type of manager they need to win things.

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  • Louis Turner

    Sep 5, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi all,
    I am new to the blog, have been reading for a long time love the banter and bitching.
    This post is just a test to see if I can actually comment.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 5, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    just noticed the bus had gone

    On Justin Barnes, I think him a result of Ashley needing to shift the goal posts to regain control at the club. When Rafa first came, he wanted control of football matters, and this was widely reported. It was assumed, by some press, when he took the job that this was the case. It turned out that this had not been agreed, but Rafa took the job, with this issue still under discussion, as there was no transfer window before the end of the season.
    I suspect Ashley was hoping Rafa would keep them up, then he could not deliver the promises of footballing control, Rafa could leave and hey presto, still in the premier league and no compo to pay. Just the view through my Ashley Bitterness (TM) shades.
    But unfortunately we get relegated and Ashley, for all his faults, hates seeing our club out of the top tier of football. So he sees keeping Rafa as the best way of achieving this. This means Rafa is holding some cards in the negotiation and so Ashley has to cede some control, giving Penfold’s remote control to Rafa. Now Rafa has a much bigger control in the club, and the Rafalution starts.
    Ashley now needs to reassert control, for whatever his reasons; and to this extent introduces Barnes. Now Ashley has given Rafa all he asked for, but has shifted the goal posts to take away the effectiveness of Rafa’s control.
    Likewise with the transfer spending. Rafa probably went to the blog school of football economics, and the conversation probably went something like this:

    Ashley: “You can have all the money generated by the club through promotion”
    Rafa: “So I’ll have about 60 to 80 million to spend on players”
    Ashley: “what was that Rafa, couldn’t quite understand you”
    Rafa: “So I have 80 million to spend”
    Ashley: “Still can’t understand”
    Rafa: “I’ll have 80 million to spend”
    Ashley: “yes”(note to self, remember to say I couldn’t understand his bad english when I agreed)
    Rafa: “Thanks Mike, we will really be able to take this club forward now”
    Ashley: “Fatspanishwaiterssaywhat”
    Rafa: “what”

    I just hope that Rafa calms down after his shafting and comes to the conclusion he can still work his dreams under the Ashley constraints. He’s got Ashleys number now. We could have told him from the start.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 5, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    On Gamez, I think he’s here to stay as long as Rafa’s here at least. I think he was bought to be an old head in a young dressing room and is being groomed to move into a coaching role. So I don’t view him as a failed signing because he’s not played much, who knows what kind of postive effect he might be having on the team behind the scenes.

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  • bladeuser

    Sep 5, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Magspussy
    Give it a rest for once you silly little man
    You think nufc will finish 10th that’s the reason you should never be taken seriously
    Take those moronic black and white glasses of and smell the coffee you fool
    ASH OUT

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  • pablos left foot

    Sep 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Louise. Coming in loud and clear!!

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  • pablos left foot

    Sep 5, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Peebles, l asked Tsunki that self same question last month but he didn’t bite.
    The Loar is v nice. Didn’t think you could get one in this neck o’ the woods.

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