Sky Sports have picked out the best day of 2017 for Newcastle United and the worst one…
For the best day of this past year, they went with 24 April 2017.
Newcastle beat Preston 4-1 at St James Park and made it mathematically certain they were bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
That was a massive relief to have it confirmed but maybe in terms of the Championship, that final day against Barnsley when finishing top was the outcome, maybe topped it.
However, I would argue that maybe 26 August 2017 should have top billing. Newcastle had already lost to Spurs, Huddersfield and Forest (League Cup), so to get the first Premier League win of the season in such convincing fashion, winning 3-0 against West Ham felt really good. Especially when you could enjoy and relax the final five minutes once Mitro put NUFC three up!
When it comes to worst day of 2017, Sky Sports have gone with an interesting one. The broadcaster choosing 31 August 2017 when Newcastle didn’t even have a game.
That instead was the closing of the summer transfer window and confirmation for both fans and Rafa Benitez that Mike Ashley had not kept his ‘promises’, yet again.
This run of one point in nine games is depressing but we all know the root cause and that is the club’s owner and his undermining of Rafa Benitez in the summer.
Sky Sports on Newcastle United:
Best: April 24 – Swift return
‘Just 348 days after relegation, Newcastle were back in the top flight following a 4-1 win over Preston at St James’ Park.
Just as in 2009/10, they were runaway favourites for promotion, boosted by the stewardship of Rafa Benitez. Their ruthless approach to the division, despite a hefty turnover in playing staff, was an example to all relegated sides.
To boot, they eventually came back to close the gap on leaders Brighton and win the Championship title in the final moments of the final day.’
Worst: August 31 – Firing blanks in the market
‘Before we had even reached September, there were major signs of discontent at Newcastle.
Benitez had spoken several times in the media about a lack of funding in the summer, with his desire to push Newcastle into a top-half side after bouncing straight back to the Premier League.
Deadline Day saw Newcastle linked with Matt Targett, Lucas Perez and Kenedy, but they ended up with nothing.
Benitez had given an exclusive interview to Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison just weeks before, not hiding his dissatisfaction at the lack of transfer activity, and Toon fans were feeling concerned come the evening of August 31 that the Spaniard would abandon the club.’