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‘Absolutely no chance of Newcastle United being relegated…’

2 months ago
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Newcastle United will not be relegated, there you go…

Absolutely no chance in my opinion, 11/8 odds to stay up is the knocking bet of the year.

And I say that with a mentality and expectation that I don’t anticipate more than one or two additions in January that will actually start in the first team.

Eddie Howe has already had a profound effect on me as a fan of Newcastle United, to a level of anticipation I haven’t experienced since Bobby Robson, yes that includes Keegan’s return, Shearer and Rafa in between.

Eddie is clearly an exceptional leader, coach, communicator, tactician, man-manager, a glass half full kind of guy whose positivity and strength of mind is already having a huge effect on the club.

In a very short period, he has extracted more out of failed players than any fan would ever have imagined. The best example of that is clearly our record purchase Joelinton, who I thought was absolutely fantastic again against Norwich. They say (Shearer says mainly) that if you give these fans 100% commitment they ask for nothing more and will love you…. Joelinton could well turn his St James Park career on its head with Eddie’s guidance if that is the case.

In late August after his COVID return, I had the opportunity to talk to Karl Darlow at a well known Morpeth establishment for a good hour. He unequivocally said that Joelinton is “all-round” the best player at the club, which I was more than surprised at the time, but appreciate the comment now.

Not many points so far but plenty of positives are appearing and on top of the Howe factor, I think we categorically stay up because of the fans…

I thought the support on Tuesday night was magic and an atmosphere I have not experienced since after we had being relegated and played at home against Spurs, sat in my seat in the Milburn stand the noise from the traditional ‘corner’ was (as always) electric, That small bunch got the whole stadium going and even the Leazes End corner started to break out into a sing song.. unbelievable!!

I don’t go with this we must beat Brentford, Norwich and Burnley to stay up.

I think the way Eddie has set about the squad and his clear tactical superiority (in my eyes) to previous recent management choices, I fully believe that when Man City, Man Utd etc come into town they will be in for a surprise.

The fortress that was once St James has indeed at last returned. It won’t be 10 men the big boys come up against it, it will be 12 and a little prediction for December would be, an unlikely 10+ points picked up and a manager of the month award for Eddie Howe in his first full month in charge.

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