The Championship is now full of clubs who were once in the Premier League and are battling to get back there, Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey says that United have already passed one important hurdle as he says they aren’t a club ‘that’s feeling sorry for itself’ because of relegation.

The midfielder says that Newcastle deserved to be relegated ‘because we weren’t good enough’ and after 38 matches it is hard to argue, with only the mackems being possibly one other club that deserved to drop with the other three – none of the four clubs reaching 40 points.

After being dropped by Rafa Benitez after the defeat at Southampton last season, Jonjo Shelvey didn’t start a single game in that final six match unbeaten run, the midfielder saying that ‘it is good to be back out there’.

Shelvey has already revealed that he has lost (six or seven kilos) since last season and feels all the better for it.

The midfielder started out very well at St James Park and almost single-handedly dragged United to consecutive home wins over West Ham and West Brom, which is the kind of form that would see him dominate the Championship.

The departures of both Wijnaldum and Sissoko should see Jonjo Shelvey reap the benefits, with more hungry direct players such as Gayle and Ritchie set to complement the former Swansea and Liverpool player’s range of passing.

Jonjo Shelvey talking to the Chronicle:

“I don’t think you can feel sorry yourself, and this certainly doesn’t feel like a club that’s feeling sorry for itself because of what happened.

“We obviously deserved to go down because we weren’t good enough last year. It is what it is, we are where we are, but it’s down to us now to put things right.

“We’ve brought in some tremendous signings and it is obviously another big plus with the manager staying.

“He will be giving it his best shot to try to get us out of the Championship and it is down to us now to repay the fans for sticking by us.

 “There’s nothing better than being back playing games, that’s what you want to do as a footballer.

“You want to play as many games as you can in the short space of time before the season begins, because that’s the best way to get fit and sharp – it is good to be back out there.

 “Rafa is a determined man and he will want to win every pre-season friendly, the same as I will, but the bottom line is that it’s not about the result, it’s about the performance.