Lower Than 7th Is Failure For Newcastle United
When fans are discussing what the natural order of things should be these days, they’ll more often than not refer to which clubs have the biggest turnovers.
So if you dare to say that Newcastle fans deserve a lot better, you’ll often be met with something along the lines of ‘How can we be expected to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Swansea…’
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1 Manchester United (1st)
2 Chelsea (3rd)
3 Arsenal (4th)
4 Manchester City (2nd)
5 Liverpool (7th)
6 Spurs (5th)
7 Newcastle United (16th)
The figures in brackets are where each of the clubs finished in the Premier League last (2012/13) season.
The more observant amongst you will have spotted that six of the clubs finished at the most two places in the Premier League away from their turnover position, while one…didn’t.
Yes, Newcastle United stick out like a sore thumb.
Almost relegated last season, Newcastle United finished a full nine places away from their turnover position.
Taking the above as a guide, it tells you that United’s finishing position should have been between 5th and 9th.
So when people talk about Newcastle’s 5th place two seasons ago as some kind of fluke/miracle/whatever, really it is just the club finding its natural place, which isn’t 16th, or relegated.
Yes there is a big financial gap to close with any of that top six but the good news is that Newcastle are just scratching the surface, especially with regard to commercial income.
Newcastle should be an established fixture in that top nine at the very least and if properly run on a commercial basis could, over a period of time, close the gap and put a big gap between themselves and leave the rest behind. European football would eventually come if you established yourself in that top six or seven.
So when somebody talks about top ten as some kind of an achievement, the argument really should be that anything less than seventh is failure.
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