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Can Newcastle Escape The Drop Next Season?

Newcastle United are one of the clubs the bookies think could be relegated next season in the Premier League.

Danny Simpson – confident Newcastle can survive next season

That has to be a little worrying because the bookies are usually fairly close, if only because big money is often involved, and they were dead right last season, when despite all the turmoil at the club last summer, Newcastle were number one favorites to win the Championship, and we did exactly that.

Some of the doubts surrounding Newcastle are that the club has no money to spend in the transfer market, or very little, but that shouldn’t stop the club from somehow bringing in four good players to the squad over the summer, and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems hard at work doing just that.

One of the big things in the club’s favor is the team spirit and fight that returned to the side last season, and certainly the players seem quite confident of surviving next season.

This is what Danny Simpson said today:

“I’m sure we won’t go down – the only thing we can be is confident after what happened last season,”
“There’s no point in being in the game if you’re not confident. We have a good side as it is and we have already proved people wrong.”

“Everyone was saying we wouldn’t go up but we loved proving people wrong, and when we hear people saying that we are going to be one of the favourites to go down it really motivates us.”

“As long as the team is together and pulling in the right direction we can do it. We have international experience and big players like Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini, which not many teams that come up from the Championship will have.”

“You look through our squad and there are big players throughout it.” “Kevin Nolan has hundreds of Premier League games and so does Steven Taylor, Alan Smith and Joey Barton.”

” It’s a good squad and that’s why we should be confident.” “Speaking for myself, I’m 100% better than I was this time last year and I think most of the young players would say the same – we are learning a lot of those kind of guys and it helps to be in a highly-motivated dressing room.”

“I think throughout the squad there are points to be proven and the more we hear that we’re certainties to go down, the more that will fire us up and get us up for the challenge.”

That almost comes across as though Danny is trying to convince himself Newcastle will be OK, but of course getting some points on the board early in next season’s campaign will be crucially important. The first game is difficult to say the least and we are 10-1 to get a win at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

The William Hill Betting have Newcastle as 5th favorites to be relegated behind Blackpool, West Brom, Wigan and Wolves, but we’d be very surprised if we don’t finish higher than that.

The team spirit is enough for a  number of points in the upcoming season, and let’s face it, when we were relegated the lads had no team spirit at all, and most of our supposed good players at the time – Michael Owen and Mark Viduka were never fit – so they weren’t much help. Even when they did return the weren’t much help – especially the woeful Owen – the captain.

We think we’ll be OK next season and could finish mid-table – at best.

We’ll run a poll asking if you think Newcastle will be relegated next season so please vote on our home page and we’ll judge what the fans think.

Comments also welcome.

10 comments so far

  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    “but we’d be very surprised if we don’t finish higher than that.”

    Sorry to break rank and give my own opinion rather than being generalised into some form of collective utopia, but I (yes I) would be very surprised if we finished higher than 15th!

  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jun 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    “but we’d be very surprised if we don’t finish higher than that.”

    No we wouldn’t.

  • marshy

    Jun 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    unless we sign some good players i’d be very surprised if we stayed up.

  • Sav

    Jun 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Unfortunately, it takes more than clenched fists and gritted teeth to win a football match.

    It can also signify constipation.

    Our anally-retentive owner needs to loosen up his wallet, perhaps after placing a decent bet on us to stay up, he can give Hughton a few quid from the new Prem money that will soon be gushing out at SJP, outsmarting everybody.

    I’m holding my breath but not in hope or expectation.

    On another tack, Cardiff are talking about wanting Bellamy on loan from Citeh. Any takers here for the little Welsh so-and-so to form a dream partnership with Andy Carroll? The prospect, however unlikely, just goes to show a few million well spent would change our prospects dramatically.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Sav@4: ‘The prospect, however unlikely, just goes to show a few million well spent would change our prospects dramatically.’

    It also shows how a few million badly spent will leave us significantly worse off than if we done nowt.


  • BarcelonaMag

    Jun 26, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    On paper, I think the bookies are about right: finishing something like 15th would be a fair prediction. But you have to take into account our good team spirit, the backing of the fans and the two or three signings that we’ll make. That could give us a bit of impetus and lead to us finishing higher. Maybe 10th?

  • rwpoynter

    Jun 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Firstly, I don’t see NUFC going back down next season. We’ve got good team spirit and a lot of quality if we can keep them. Maybe a problem if Jonas has a good World Cup as I suspect Argentina are going to have. Bellamy, I am sorry, has no future back at Newcastle. If MCFC want to let him go, it’s because he is either a problem in the dressing room as he was here before, or it’s because they see him in decline and he will want megabucks for doing not very much. We have had enough of those already. I would rather take a risk and invest in the future of our young talent. The Premier is not probably the best place to take risks, but I think we should do it anyway.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Apart from anything else if we are afraid of the Prem, we don’t deserve to playing in the Prem. And if we are afraid of the drop, we shouldn’t be playing football at all.

    It is only entertainment after all. If we get relegated, so what, we play Scunny and Derby again? What is the problem, it’s only a game. Lighten up and let’s enjoy sticking our brand of Fizzy Proven Footy to a few of the so-called elite, starting with Man U.

  • Doha Mag

    Jun 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    The bookies are about right with their prediction although hopefully we can finish above the likes of Blackburn, Stoke and Birmingham also if we can bring in 3 to 4 quality signings……

  • Ericles

    Jun 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    What are the odds on us staying up? That is where I will put my money. How many bookies play football?


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