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Now is the time to roll our sleeves up!

August 13th, 2010 | 190 Comments |

The Premier League has landed.
The Premier League has landed.
Well the new season is upon us, and despite the prophecies of doom and predictions of safety there are still 38 games to go, as obvious as it sounds.

I had my little moan earlier, something I have tried to refrain from, but that caused me to think about a few things. This season is very important for Newcastle United.

Another relegation could have dire consequences as I don’t believe it will be as straight forward trying to gain promotion again should the worst happen. A lot of those players that stopped to help last time around will be off and our squad will be a lot weaker compared to last season. One thing will remain constant though – Our support.

I was feeling a bit sorry for myself when I wrote that article earlier. Down in the dumps, uninspired, but then I realised that whatever happens, I am still Newcastle United, and moaning about things isn’t the Geordie way, not the way I remember it anyway. (more…)


Lack of investment could cost us survival.

August 13th, 2010 | 115 Comments |

 Cheap cheap!
Cheap cheap!
Newcastle are now just three days away from kicking off their Premier League campaign, but expectations on Tyneside have never been lower.

I think most Newcastle fans will be happy to survive this season, although lack of investment in the playing squad means that will be a massive gamble, and it appears that it is a gamble that the club are prepared to take.

I understand there are still just over two weeks to go in the transfer market, but as things stand currently I just can’t see many more, if any, new faces coming through the door. It pains me to say that as I am generally an opimistic person, but the lack of investment is beginning to get me down. A modest outlay on players to add to our squad for the new season would have comfortably secured safety in my opinion, but if there is no investment then we could be in for a very long season indeed. (more…)


The Toon – Twelve months on.

August 6th, 2010 | 131 Comments |

One year ago!
One year ago!
I’ve was just picking through some of the older articles on this site, and very good they were too, so credit where it is due. Then something struck me as I heard an advert on the TV in the background.

The new Championship season starts tonight. Remember that? You know, that thing we were in last season?

I remember the feeling back then, I think most if us do. Nobody knew what on earth was going to happen in a league which we hadn’t frequented for 16-years. It was a worrying time. I was there in our first game away at West Bromwich Albion, facing the unknown, well the relative unknown anyway as West Brom had been relegated with us. (more…)


Premier League? You’re having a laugh!

August 3rd, 2010 | 27 Comments |

Welcome to the twilight zone.
Welcome to the twilight zone.
Thoughts on Tyneside are beginning to turn towards the start of the Premier League season and the return of real football, not this World Cup malarkey.

That task at hand is simple, survival is the minimum target. That’s not to say we can’t finish higher up the table than 17th place, but let’s just say that if somebody offered me 17th place and a guarantee of Premier League football in the 2011/2012 season right now, then I would snap their hand off.

But that got me thinking. Should we really be settling for 17th place? Can we not push on a bit higher than that, even with the players we have now? Am I being hopelessly optimistic by even contemplating this? Probably yes, according to some, but I don’t see why we can’t push on this season and secure safety in comfort. The Premier League holds no fears for me. (more…)


Skipper’s armband still up for grabs.

July 29th, 2010 | 53 Comments |

Who gets the privilege?
Who gets the privilege?
The Newcastle captaincy is still up for grabs for this season, but who will be the likely heir to the captains armband?

The full-time club captain is yet to be named although it seems likely that either Alan Smith or Kevin Nolan will get the honour of the captaincy this season.

The next captain won’t be Sol Campell anyway, as Chris Hugton has ruled out that particular avenue, so that leaves us with options that are within our current squad, which isn’t a bad move in my opinion.

“I can categorically say that Sol will not be captain,” Hughton told The Chronicle. “I can completely rule that out and there is no truth in the talk that he will skipper this season. That is still to be confirmed.” (more…)