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Rival boss “Newcastle won’t just be looking to try to stay up in the Premier League this season”

4 years ago

Newcastle United kick off once again in the Premier League in 19 days time.

A tough opening against last season’s runners-up Tottenham and many Newcastle fans increasingly apprehensive about the lack of first team signings so far.

However, Stuart McCall believes that Newcastle ‘won’t just be looking to try to stay up’ this coming season.

Set to face Newcastle United tomorrow night, McCall says as well as set to do more than just survive, NUFC can then build on that and with the ‘huge potential’ of the club, they can then go on to be a stop six club once again.

McCall says he was pleased to see the Magpies bounce straight back up and that it was great to see Rafa Benitez stick around on relegation, when he could easily have walked away into a job elsewhere.

The Bradford boss also reminisced about his first ever game for Everton 29 years ago, facing Newcastle they took the lead in seconds and won the game 4-0. Newcastle’s summer transfer trading proving to be disastrous and relegation followed.

Stuart McCall pointing out though the fanatical support Newcastle still got that day…as we all know though, the blind support for the team/club regardless doesn’t necessarily equal success, so here’s hoping that Rafa Benitez is belatedly backed in the transfer window with the signings needed.

Stuart McCall talking to Telegraph and Argus:

“I remember playing against Newcastle in my first game for Everton after leaving Bradford.

“Tony Cottee got a hat-trick on his debut and we won easily. There was over 40,000 at the game and 8,000 of them must have been Geordies…and they were still singing as loudly at 4-0 down as when it was goalless.

“I went up there (Newcastle) a couple of times when I was scouting and the atmosphere and warmth of the people was brilliant. It’s just a really good area for football.

“The game is everything to the Newcastle people. It’s like a religion, football is the biggest part of their lives.

“It’s a shame Newcastle have been struggling for a while and I was pleased to see them come back up.

“I don’t know Rafa that well but came across him when I was at Sheffield United.

“It would have been easy for him to walk into another job when they dropped into the Championship. But he backed himself with the resources they have to bounce straight back up.

“He has built the squad and regrouped with lads like Matt Ritchie, who I know well from Scotland, prepared to drop down.

“But you see the size of the fan base, getting 50,000 crowds at home, and players want to perform in front of that.

“They won’t just be looking to try to stay up in the Premier League this season.

“You see the bigger picture and the potential at Newcastle is huge – they could be a top six club.”


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