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‘Unlike most Newcastle United fans I’m actually quite optimistic – This is why’

2 months ago
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I’m an infrequent contributor to The Mag but a regular reader.

It’s great to read the opinions of my fellow fans and my sincere thanks to The Mag for providing such a platform for fans and their opinions!

I’d like to write today about the upcoming season – unlike most Newcastle United fans I’m actually quite optimistic.

I really enjoyed the recent Euros and it has to be said that England’s relative success is the main reason for my optimism…and not just because of the Graeme Jones (Gateshead Guardiola) connection!

The Euros really showed the benefit of sticking with a so called “lesser” manager and his group of players.

Let’s be honest – Gareth Southgate didn’t really excel when he was managing Middlesbrough. I haven’t looked up the stats but he’s probably not significantly ahead of Wor Brucie in terms of points per game. However, allowing him the time to embed his vision with the England team has paid dividends and he’s now the most successful England manager of all time! (ED: Sir Alf Ramsey might have something to say about that…losing finalist and losing semi not greater than World Cup win!!)

Who saw that one coming when Big Sam was sacked? Certainly not me!

Gareth’s success at England has been based on a similar plan to how Bruce tries to set up Newcastle – namely being hard to beat and catching teams on the counter attack. I genuinely believe that after two full seasons the players will be able to play “Brucie Ball” properly and we’ll see the best of them.

I’m not worried about the lack of new signings.

As I’ve said, the players we have here have benefited from two full seasons now and they know the drill. They know what the manager needs and new players would take time to bed in. We’ve got a strong core of good lads like Matt Ritchie, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Fede Fernandes and Jonjo Shelvey who know the club inside out. Let’s keep them and push on with the youngsters like the Longstaffs, Elias Sorensen, Freddie Woodman and Elliott Anderson.

Bringing in new players is absolutely no guarantee of success. Who wants to see us bring in another Joelinton or Jeff Hendrick? Let’s stick with what we know.

There’s a lot of noise online about Joe Willock. I have to say, I’m not worried if he doesn’t come back. Yes, he was immense in the second half of last season but we’ve seen loan players like this before. Kenedy was a genius in his first spell, then was a huge disappointment in his second spell. Let’s not make that mistake again.

Yes the result against York was poor, but now isn’t the time that matters, all that’s important is that we’re ready for the new season next month. I’m writing this as I get ready to travel down to Doncaster for the game with another 3,000+ Newcastle United fans. I’m excited but nervous for being in a proper crowd for the first time in a long time. Let’s not argue and get on the lads’ backs.

Let’s just have some fun and see where we end up in May 2022. I’m confident that the trophy drought ends this year!

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