Since 1984, 33 years ago, the only promotions Newcastle United supporters have experienced were in 1993 and 2010.

Both times the club went up as Champions and the final straight saw fans buzzing as they saw a superiority and swagger that said ‘we are better than this second tier’ and we’re going to head into the Premier League with every intention of proving ourselves.

In the 1992/93 season, Kevin Keegan brought in Scott Sellars, Mark Robinson and Andy Cole with a couple of months of the season remaining.

Cole scoring 12 goals in 12 games and Newcastle winning seven of the final eight games, scoring 23 goals, including seven on the final day of the season against Leicester.

In the 2009/10 promotion campaign, Chris Hughton inspired his players to a final stretch of 13 wins and three draws in the last 16 matches, scoring 41 goals.

This season, Newcastle are going to get promoted, but the run-in has become a bit of a slog.

As we wait for Rafa’s team to show their class and finish the job in style, instead the last eight Championship matches have produced only two wins.

Possibly an even worse indicator is that those last eight games have produced only seven goals.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you can’t score against Championship clubs, it isn’t going to get any easier if back in the top tier next season.

Promoted teams really need to hit the ground running if they are going to have a chance  of enjoying life in the top division and momentum from the season before is surely a key part of that.

Rafa Benitez can only do so much and once the players step onto the pitch, it is down to them.

Yes, you can say that at times the tactics have been too negative but surely this set of players should be capable of scoring more than seven goals in the last 12+ hours of football, no matter how they are told to line up on the pitch.

We all just want to see desire, players demanding the chance to show what they can do in the Premier League.

Instead, we get the likes of Diame and Perez (and others) strolling through matches, as though this season and their futures are guaranteed.

We need hunger for success and Newcastle fans just aren’t seeing that at the moment.

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  • Geordiegiants

    People are quickly forgetting, we still have the shackles on from upstairs, fatty is still in control ultimately. We can’t break free and get any proven quality players in while he is in control. His overall plan is still in place, buying potential. He may of lifted age restrictions, but he hasn’t given us one solid competent signing that is a proven out and out performer in his position. I know that some of these have been Rafas signings, but he had a remit of what sort of player he was able to go after and has made the most of what was available. Expectations are lower for our move upstairs, because the pie man has conditioned us to expect nothing but failure.

    • Soldier

      put the recent bad signings down to Carr, it looks better

      • Geordiegiants

        I don’t think many of them, Diame and Sels excluded, were bad signings. I think they are all we could get with Fattys restrictions and the division we found ourselves in.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          exactly

    • Jimblag23

      What about Ritchie, Gayle and Shelvey. They are proven out and out performers in their position. Especially for a championship team which is what we are.

      • Geordiegiants

        Ritchie, Gayle and Shelvey are all players that had potential that never quite made it. Shelvey was virtually thrown out of Swansea, Gayle couldn’t get a game for Palace, and Ritchie was surplus to requirements at Bournemouth no matter how it was made out at the time.

        • Jimblag23

          What players better than them would go to the championship?

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not saying they are bad players Jim, I’m saying we never signed a Rhodes or McCormack type of player, people with a proven championship pedigree someone that had done it for years and years. Fair enough Ritchie maybe, but still he was a player surplus to requirements marked not good enough for the mighty Bournemouth. The point I’m getting at is all of our signings were………. Rough diamonds, a gambles so to speak, nobody was a proven consistently good player.

          • Damon Horner

            To be honest mate Rhodes was let go by a more relegation threatened PL side and McCormack’s fitness and attitude has left PL clubs not trusting in forking out any outlay for him.

            I think it takes a skill in judgement to see a rough diamond and feel they can thrive in a new/different environment. Clark and Hayden stand out a mile in that respect.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m also not saying these exact players, I mean that type of championship proven player, those were just names that sprung to mind. On reflection Ritchie is probably our only player proven championship player, and yes the rest is having no choice in finding rough diamonds. Clarke, Hayden, Gayle. Lascelles has potential and although he has looked a bit shaky at times I don’t think he deserves the stick he gets, like Dummett who is now proving people wrong.

  • Leazes Ender

    Statement of intent…. ‘We intend to be tenth’….

    Appetite well and truly whetted..

    • Soldier

      that may actually take some doing with the current squad & i can`t wait to see how much Mr Mike will fund Rafa

      • Leazes Ender

        Aye.

      • Jezza

        If Rafa stays he will be given a sum of money equal to or less than what ever may come in from player sales.

    • Lord

      That ambitious, eh?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        that my friend is the stated policy of the Fat lad along with, we are not interested in a cup run

        • Lord

          Yeh, I thought 10th was a bit too ambitious for Mike – it might take a bit of money to do that well.

  • Damon Horner

    Kind of need to establish what is “nice to have” and what we “need to have”.

    We don’t need a statement of intent although it would be highly reassuring.

    • magpiefifer

      I never feel reassured with a statement coming from Ashley.

      • Damon Horner

        why is everybody obsessed with Mike Ashley? It’s embarrassing.

        • magpiefifer

          Who said anything about being obsessed – he owns OUR club!!!

          • Damon Horner

            This article and my comment doesn’t even talk about Ashley and here we are talking about him…again.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The FCB will never change & we`ll find that out in the summer, he`ll lay down what is & isn`t going to happen and Rafa will have to take it or leave it. he`s not interested in Nufc all he wants is power

  • Lord

    Maybe Rafa has some Machiavellian plan for us to artificially limp over the line in order to prove to Mike that much more investment is needed to prevent another relegation battle.

    By the way, I enjoyed Dale’s assertion that “This season, Newcastle are going to get promoted”. Probably right but doesn’t feel very nailed on when we had to rely on a late Derby goal to keep the gap in place.

    • Jezza

      I agree. If Huddersfield had won at Derby I for one would have been resigned to us not going up.

  • Jezza

    “This season, Newcastle are going to get promoted”

    Don’t count your chickens. Statements like that always seem to put the jinx on us too.