The Premier League fixtures are out for subsequent season and in the end, all Newcastle United followers can have a look at the fixtures, dream and purpose excessive.
Or a minimum of manner greater than what Mike Ashley had lowered our expectations to.
Undecided what folks would deem a hit / good season however all I do know is that, no matter occurs, there’s thrilling instances forward, no matter nonsense different followers and the media come out with to attempt to dampen expectations and belittle Newcastle United.
As one of many uncommon Newcastle United followers residing within the Amman Valley in Carmarthenshire, South Wales I used to be requested what I feel and count on for subsequent season.
Earlier than the fixtures had been launched, I used to be chatting with a few Liverpool followers, a Man Utd fan, the opposite Spurs.
One piped up ‘Do you reckon you might be gonna get prime 4 like some idiots are saying then?’
One other stated ‘They’re going round saying they’re going to get Champions League , blah blah blah.’
So I requested the query, ‘What number of Newcastle United followers have you ever really spoken to, bar me?’
Considered one of them replied with ‘Oh however they are saying it practically yearly, yearly the pundits and the papers are saying it.’
So I requested ‘Are the pundits Newcastle followers? Are the journalists and newspaper editors Newcastle followers?’
It’s the media and the pundits that come out with this form of factor, not precise followers . You might get the odd plank simply as any fan base will get, however most Newcastle followers are joyful simply so long as their membership / crew give it a very good go, attempt to be the very best they are often.
Newcastle United followers don’t count on Champions League yearly, how might any supporter realistically count on it after they have had Mike Ashley, who acquired us relegated twice and various different close to misses, while NUFC haven’t performed Champions League in practically 20 years?
So I used to be then requested, what do I reckon about subsequent season?
I stated it’s a bit early because it is dependent upon transfers and the way nicely a crew begins, however Newcastle United gained’t be in a relegation scrap and I feel we might catch Arsenal and provides Man U and Spurs a good run for his or her cash, if we purchase nicely and begin the season nicely, however I’d say round eighth or ninth .
The Man U fan scoffed at this and stated with Ten Hag in cost, Newcastle had no probability of catching Man U subsequent season. My reply was that they solely completed greater than NUFC as a result of our takeover didn’t occur till the center of October, which means a disastrous first half of the season, but the hole by the top was solely 9 factors between Man U and Newcastle United. Additionally reminded him that they’re nonetheless counting on gamers equivalent to Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay.
I identified that because the takeover, Newcastle United have been in higher type than Man Utd and so they had been fortunate to get a draw at St James Park.
Man U might nicely nonetheless end greater than NUFC subsequent season however they’re not going to be 20, 30 factors forward, they’ve been on the slide since Fergie has gone and Newcastle United at the moment are gonna be the subsequent massive boy within the making. I additionally instructed them that in my view, Newcastle United will win the league within the years to return earlier than Spurs ever do and earlier than Man U achieve this once more.
Anyhow, when the fixtures had been launched on Thursday, naturally I checked out them and I couldn’t assist however use the desk calculator and predict all of subsequent season’s fixtures. It got here up with Newcastle United ending sixth on 70 factors (the final 4 Premier League seasons working backwards, would have seen 70 factors assure fifth, third third and sixth.
I don’t assume we’ll get that if I’m trustworthy as I in all probability was a tad biased with a few of my predictions, nonetheless, I genuinely consider Newcastle United are able to it hopefully. I don’t assume we’ll get close to Man Metropolis, Liverpool or Chelsea subsequent season however I don’t assume it’s by any means not possible to do higher than a number of of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal.
With my prediction of 70 factors and sixth for Newcastle United, it meant that we pipped Arsenal by three factors, however Man Utd nonetheless two factors forward in fifth, with Tottenham in fourth.
In fact it’s a bit early and possibly a bit daft…but it surely’s good to eventually have a little bit of enjoyable and have the ability to look ahead to a brand new season eventually.