The morning after the night before. It is official. Newcastle United will be a Championship club for the second time under Mike Ashley’s ownership.
While many will be sad and angry at our beloved club’s collapse, I write to remind you why the second tier may not be so bad.
If you are like me, watching Sunderland relegate us last night did not upset you.
Having seen Newcastle fail to beat Aston Villa as our neighbours came from behind to beat Chelsea, I knew our fate was sealed and, unless a miracle occurred, we would be playing Championship football next season.
Saturday night was one of misery. Wednesday night was acceptance. We have not been good enough on the pitch, and we have not been good enough off the pitch for years.
But the Championship could bring fresh joy. It may not seem like it right now as the wound is still fresh, but come August, as we prepare to face someone in Yorkshire probably, we could be about to embark on another joyous campaign.
I do not think next year in the Championship will be the walk in the park it was last time round. It is a much more competitive league and it is becoming more and more difficult to get out of every year.
Nobody wanted us to get relegated, but hey, the Championship might be fun!
Quite rightly, fingers will be pointed at Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr, but we all know that the main man in that list will not be going anywhere, he said so himself at the end of last season. Then again, he also said we would not be in another relegation battle…
We will get eight more games than in the Premier League.
Much closer away games.
We might actually win a few games.
We will get a trophy to add to our cabinet if we manage to get promoted.
We might get a trip to Wembley if we reach the playoff final.
We have players who might benefit from a year in the Championship (Mitrovic for example).
We will hopefully ship out the cowards who have let us down too often (Sissoko and Coloccini for example)…
… and with a bit of luck Rafa might stay!
There then are eight reasons that the Championship might be ok.
This club does not deserve to be in the Championship.
Our fans do not deserve to be in the Championship.
We will rise again. Newcastle United will never be defeated.
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