Andy Cole was a phenomenal striker for Newcastle United but was at the club only two years from February 1993 through January 1995 when he moved to Manchester United and had a great career at the Old Trafford club.
Andy was in the northeast last week, and while he says the game is a lot different now than it was when he was at Newcastle, he thinks Newcastle are in a good position at the moment.
When Newcastle were promoted back in 1993 under Kevin Keegan with Cole having joined in January of that year, and we won the Championship.
Andy Cole – while at Newcastle
In the next season, we finished 3rd in the Premier League behind Manchester United with Blackburn in second place.
That doesn’t happen these days because Championship clubs cannot compete with the top six teams regarding money and we cannot even compete with the lower level clubs as we found out in the summer.
Andy has given his opinion on Newcastle and Rafa as reported in the Northern Echo today:
“I was a bit worried about Newcastle before the season began.”
“But I feel a lot better about them now. They’ve been good so far, and they certainly don’t look like a team who will be battling to stay out of the bottom three.”
“I was up there earlier this season when they beat West Ham, and they played really well that day.”
“For a newly promoted team, that was a really good display.”
“Rafa Benitez has them really well organized, and you can tell there’s a really good spirit in the team.”
“There are quite a few young players, but they clearly get on with each other and that’s important whatever level you’re playing at.”
“There’s been talk about a possible takeover, so hopefully when it comes to January, there’ll be a bit of money to spend.”
“If they can make a couple of additions, and continue playing as they are, there’s no reason why they can’t finish in the top half.”
Andy scored 68 goals in 85 total appearances for Newcastle and in eight seasons at the Red Devils he scored 121 goals in 275 appearances.
If only we had the likes of Andy at Newcastle at the moment.