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3 National journalists predict Newcastle United to be relegated

10 months ago
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This is the time of year when all football supporters are usually able to have at least some blind optimism that things will be on the up in the new season, for Newcastle United fans though, that is proving a little difficult…

This is also the time of year when fans and media alike, are making their Premier League predictions for how the season will turn out, often backing it up with cash at the bookies.

If you read what some journalists are saying about Newcastle United, there appears to be some real blind optimism/positivity that would usually be associated with supporters.

Despite a near £30m profit so far in this transfer window whilst every other club is spending money strengthening, some of the media just assume Newcastle will be ok, based seemingly on the 10th place of last season, as well as the presence of Rafa Benitez and 50,000 fans, plus Newcastle United being a ‘big club’ – which has counted for nothing when Mike Ashley has relegated NUFC twice in the last eight PL seasons.

Interesting then to read what 13 national journalists thought when asked what would happen this season in the Premier League.

The Mirror asking their top writers who would win the title, finish top four, who will win the FA Cup, who’ll win the League Cup, team to be surprise package, player to take PL by storm, as well as who will be relegated…

Of the 13 asked the questions:

0 said Newcastle would win the title.

0 said Newcastle would finish top four.

0 predicted Newcastle to win the FA Cup.

0 predicted Newcastle to win the League Cup.

0 predicted Newcastle to be the ‘surprise package’ this season.

3 predict Newcastle United to be relegated.

Writer Jon Livesey says: ‘Newcastle have endured a torrid pre-season, and with Rafa Benitez looking ever exasperated, I fear for them.’

Out of all the predictions there was only one small positive, with Aaron Flanagan picking out a Newcastle player to take the Premier League by storm: ‘Kenedy. He’s been known in the Premier League for a few years now but this is his first chance to play a full season in a starting XI at a team he wants to be at, with the backing of the manager and supporters.’

Imagine though a scenario where Rafa Benitez had been properly backed in the transfer market. A club promoted and having finished 10th, full of momentum with some quality players, a world class manager, and a club at last all pulling  together…

I can guarantee you that with that scenario, Newcastle United would be getting selected in a positive way by a number of these journalists,to maybe win a cup, to be the surprise package and who knows, maybe even the odd mad mention of potentially even getting close to that top four, if ambition had been shown in backing Rafa to bring in real quality (relatively expensive) attacking players.

Instead we have this reality.

Extracts from The Mirror journalists’ Premier League  predictions:

Simon Mullock:

Who will be relegated?

Huddersfield

Newcastle

Cardiff

Adrian Kajumba:

Who will be relegated?

Newcastle

Huddersfield

Cardiff

Jon Livesey:

Who will be relegated?

Cardiff

Huddersfield

Newcastle

“New boys Cardiff will struggle – badly. Neil Warnock has never sussed how to keep a team in the Premier League and I can’t see that changing with his current team.

“Newcastle have endured a torrid pre-season, and with Rafa Benitez looking ever exasperated, I fear for them.

“Huddersfield, meanwhile, will soon discover that the second season in the top flight is considerably more unforgiving than the first.”

Aaron Flanagan:

Which player will take the Premier League by storm?

Kenedy. He’s been known in the Premier League for a few years now but this is his first chance to play a full season in a starting XI at a team he wants to be at, with the backing of the manager and supporters.

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