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Predicting positive start of season for Newcastle United – What planet are they from with this scenario?

3 years ago

It is a bit of a difficult concept at this moment in time, trying to imagine what will happen at  Newcastle United when the new 2019/20 season kicks off.

Not knowing who will own the club and manage the team by then, tends to have that effect, especially when we are now 31 days into the summer transfer window and no news of any new signings. It feels even worse than that actually, as there is zero belief that a signing could just happen at any time, with no clarity on ownership or the manager’ position.

So with this backdrop, you have to tip your hat to the writers at one of the local newspapers, who have been predicting a positive start to the season…?

Just how difficult must that be when the fans are having trouble even predicting any kind of feeling of positivity any time soon.

With Rafa secured back in May, the ownership of the club sorted, plus the manager given a realistic budget and freedom to operate, then why would anybody think anything other than positive thoughts?

In those circumstances why would you be thinking of anything but a positive start to the season, whoever the opposition, as basically if you have confidence in your team and management, in which order you play the other 19 clubs is a little bit irrelevant.

How though with the current scenario off the pitch at Newcastle United, can you be sure of anything on it?

Maybe we should all have a pint of whatever the local journalists are drinking as clearly it has done wonders to see clear blue sky emerging ahead.

After their positive outlook, having a look at the early fixtures might shed some extra light…Arsenal (h), Norwich (a), Tottenham (a), Watford (h), Liverpool (a), Brighton (h), Leicester (a), Man Utd (H), Chelsea (a), Wolves (h), West Ham (a).

Those first 11 games feature nine of last season’s Premier League top 11. When you consider one of the other two matches is away at Norwich for their first home game back in the Premier League for the first time in four years, it is the worst possible time to play them as well. A bit like when Newcastle were lucky to get a 0-0 draw at Cardiff in last season’s first away game, the Canaries like the Bluebirds will be one of the hot favourites to be relegated, so will throw everything at these early games.

The reality of course is that it won’t be how games fall in the fixture list that will define this season for Newcastle United. Instead it will be the players that NUFC can put out on the pitch and who will be managing them.

The ‘victories’ that can/can’t be won in advance of the season are going to be inextricably linked to those we hope to achieve on the pitch in the following nine months.

A bit like once the season kicks off, we are now in desperate need of some early wins off the pitch in the coming days and weeks.


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