The last couple of weeks following Newcastle United have inspired many emotions…relief, elation, pride, surprise, hope, bewilderment.
The team managing back to back Premier League wins for the first time in a year to the astonishment of everybody, especially Newcastle fans.
Plus of course, with this being Newcastle United we didn’t manage it against fellow relegation strugglers, instead the bookies had us hopeless longshots against both Liverpool and Spurs, only for six points to be banked by the Magpies.
We of course all hope that the two wins become three when Aston Villa arrive on Saturday teatime, surely Newcastle couldn’t muck it up against the Premier league whipping boys who are almost already cut adrift….
Well as the last couple of matches have shown, anything is possible in the Premier League and that has to be the message going forward.
Too much of a negative mindset was created in the early stages of the season, with Steve McClaren and others talking of the ‘tough’ set of opening fixtures for Newcastle.
Recent years have shown that the best in the Premier League are not the best in Europe, the Champions League results have shown this time after time.
As the elite English teams have stalled in their pursuit of the very very best players in the world (think of the top three players in the Premier League and there will be three players at each of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich who are better than them), the rest of the Premier League have pretty much caught up.
Clubs such as Manchester City and Arsenal will always have an advantage for the foreseeable future but that advantage has significantly shrunk.
Newcastle United must grasp this opportunity because the glass ceiling preventing ‘the rest’ getting into the top four is cracking.
With the finances of all Premier League clubs rising above the equivalent clubs in other countries, players are arriving at Stoke, Crystal Palace and others who would never have been on the radar previously.
Mike Ashley, or somebody else…simply has to get hold of Newcastle United and give it a chance to be the very best it can be.
If Leicester get just this one chance of entry into the Champions League, they could revolutionise their club and use that opportunity and the knowledge of the rising Premier League TV riches, to then expand their stadium and move everything onto a much higher level in terms of their aims and expectations.
Opportunity is knocking now for clubs who are prepared to show ambition and build their clubs for the future both on and off the pitch. Newcastle could and should be one of those clubs.