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.
We remain positive but realistic too.
What do you think?