What exactly are the expectations of us, the loyal Newcastle fans?

Were the press to be believed: nothing short of finishing top 4 with a trophy in the cabinet would count as acceptable on our return to the top flight. But then again, they’ve regarded us as deluded fools for many a year now. How gullible we must be, to turn up and at least almost sell-out every single home game in the Championship, in a stadium that boasts a still impressive 52,405 capacity!

We have expectations of course, but just how wrong are the press, do they even know us at all?

We’ve been relegated twice in the past seven years and on both occasions have finished the following season as champions. That in itself is no mean feat and shows an abundance of character. We are much like the boxer who is knocked down, back on their feet as soon as they hit the canvas, desperate to make amends for the damage to their pride.

To most Newcastle fans, the press are very wrong in their assessment of us, in fact it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say they couldn’t be further from the truth.

‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries.’

The now famous message on a banner displayed at St. James Park, during our soulless period under Mike Ashley’s tenure. It stood for exactly how the vast majority of us feel about our club and typifies the Geordie Nation’s mentality. We’re a proud lot up here and we take our football club very seriously.

We also expect those lucky enough to be in charge or playing for our beloved Toon, to show passion, heart and soul, just as we would, and we won’t accept anything less! Newcastle United is often written about as being a religion for the people of the area. It’s a pretty accurate analogy.

The difference between Newcastle United and any other team in the Premier League, and this is the sticking point that most journalists just can’t quite fathom, is this. We get average gates of over 51,000 (in the second tier) DESPITE not having won a major trophy for 48 years, or a domestic trophy for 62 years!

Were that drought to come to an end, the celebrations in Newcastle would be something the like of which has not been seen in the modern game.

Playing European football again would be amazing, winning domestic silverware would be an absolute dream, but they are not our expectations.

Personally, this coming season I’d be happy going into March, clear of the relegation dogfight, having scared some of the bigger teams and taken a fair few points off them. Enjoying a few memorable matches during which we’ve played some attractive football, scored an acceptable amount of goals, some of which were top quality, all the while being resilient at the back.

This would give a solid foundation for Rafa to build upon as well as boosting revenue and re-establishing ourselves once more.

One huge difference over our recent campaigns is that we no longer have a defence which looks like the Keystone Cops in stripes!

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  • Paul Patterson

    “I’d be happy going into March, clear of the relegation dogfight, having scared some of the bigger teams and taken a fair few points off them. Enjoying a few memorable matches during which we’ve played some attractive football, scored an acceptable amount of goals, some of which were top quality, all the while being resilient at the back.”

    You’ve just blown your whole argument right there. If we do manage to witness all this, we will be in the top four surely?

    • Damon Horner

      If it is not in the top reaches of the table then it suggests an inconsistency in the team which I don’t think would go down to well if we are scaring Liverpool but losing at home to Watford.

  • BinTanG

    Expectations leads onto disappointment. We have the fans.. we have the stadium. we are passionate. But thats all about it.

    When I was at primary school. We had to wear the stripes on cup day’s. Black and white was pumped through our veins and induced into our brains. Developing pride and love.

    What we dream of is being in a position of the “elite” . Playing champions league football and having the champions league anthem blare out before kick off… going to wembly for a domestic cup final.

    We have the potential!! All we can do is hope and be optimistic. But most importantly be loyal.

    I believe that time will come.. i just dont know when. But whoever wakes this sleeping giant will have godly status. They will have the freedom of the city. He can come into my house.. put his feet up.. raid the fridge.. make a mess and kick my dog on the way out. No problem.

  • Jimblag23

    This is not true.
    We’ve had a team busting a gut all year and half the support have just been moaning.

    • Damon Horner

      thought the same but you were brave enough! The reaction to any defeat and treatment of certain players this year counters this article

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Verry good point

  • Wor Lass

    When you look at the PL table, there are clearly two leagues in one – the top 7 (down to Everton) and the rest (with West Brom top of that heap). As some other people have pointed out recently, surely we can compete with any of those clubs in the second tier – and Everton, come to that (the difference for them this season is that they got a class manager but we`ve got one of them as well!). I`m not saying that we SHOULD be coming 6th or 7th next season or that we necessarily WILL but I`m pretty sure Rafa will be eyeing that sort target in his own head – 40 point safety mark first followed by a push towards those European placings and a good cup run. I don`t think we should get too carried away but I also think that we shouldn`t undersell ourselves.
    PS – maybe I should have said there are three mini leagues with Sunderland being the third!

    • Damon Horner

      There are two parts to this league really but there is no given right to top the second or break into the first one, that’s where I feel we will let ourselves down but 8th is achievable if improbable.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        For the past few season, we’ve paid the 7th highest wages in the premier league. There is a long run correlation with wages and league position and on that basis we should be around 7th place.

        So, relegation was a dream or just a bit of fun to enjoy the season we’ve just had.

        • Damon Horner

          Agreed. I just don’t expect that immediately.