Like numerous other readers of The Mag, I’m sure that many of the good times as a Newcastle fan came from the ugly years in Division 2 (proper).
The excitement of watching men and boys playing attractive football in the dark days of the early nineties and getting beat by well prepared kick and rush tactically numb teams like Cambridge and Peterborough, was what I cut my teeth on and to quote – ‘I loved it’.
Watching Keegan taking over these charges and putting his men in to kick-start a revolution was mavellous to watch but we know that those days are well past.
However, if you want some light flickering through the end of the relegation tunnel we are obviously in, and let’s not beat around the bush – that is where we are heading. We have what could be a great opportunity to become stronger and better than ever – if (and it is a big if) players under the age of 25 stay and learn, and if not Rafa, then another strong manager with the ethos and the credentials – as well as the power to say, ‘my terms or no terms’.
From the relegation ashes of 2009, came resurgence and raised status of many players who looked clueless before in the Premiership.
The players who took such experience and became better players I feel, were Carroll, Coloccini, Jonas, Enrique, Barton, Krul, Routledge and obviously there are some that just had a boost to their careers.
The players mentioned here, as well as some who weren’t – had good periods for our club and/or others – but that year in the championship did wonders for them, so here comes my foresight on the matter at hand.
Players that will leave I believe are: Janmaat, Sissoko, Cisse, Tiote, Townsend, Winjaldum & Krul and if you look at that list the real losses would be Janmaat and Townsend.
The rest, who seem to have fight in them, will gain from the experience of the league below and other players will need to be brought in, as well as the bonus of possibly some youths being brought on – which I always feel excited to see, new players in the black and white. I still retain hope that we stay up but not at the cost of sticking with the lack of attractive football which we are stuck with now.
Let’s cut costs, lets cut dead wood, let’s find talent and play it in 442 and let the revolution begin.
Don’t fear the reaper, football is football. We already have the makings of a good team with time and I do believe that is what is needed.
Rob Elliot and Darlow look good enough for the league below, Mbemba and Lascelles look good together and would learn so much, as would Mitro and Perez.
Let’s just not worry and enjoy our team for now and for next season, love the adventure it puts us all on. Smile because we have all known worse.