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New Year resolutions and Newcastle United…

4 weeks ago
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Now that 2021 finally comes to a close…

I have been deciding on some New Year resolutions, with Newcastle United, as always, deep in my thoughts.

I’ve also been looking back over the last 12 months.

They have generally been depressing watching the team regress on the pitch, apart from Joe Willock’s amazing run of goalscoring form at the back end of last season.

I hope young Joe can rediscover some of that gusto in 2022, as we are going to need all hands to the pumps.

Off the pitch, I will never forget the euphoria on the 7th of October after the takeover by the the Saudi Arabian PIF, the Reuben Brothers… and the Amanda Staveley led PCP Capital Partners.

I championed this consortia for over 18 months with regular articles on here explaining why in the face of all adversity, I thought the takeover would eventually happen.

I like what I have seen so far, finding the obvious passion of Amanda Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi very refreshing.

I would also like to thank Nick De Marco for his positivity and regular support for the takeover on twitter and for helping keep my spirits up.

Seeing the end of our “Head Coach” after 27 months bewteen July 2019 and October 2021 (I said I wouldn’t mention him by name again)….was another long overdue day of happiness. Apart from him being lazy and useless, I have never been able to “stomach” (forgive the pun) a man who I have consistently referred to as a pretentious charlatan.

I hope the next year is going to be a good one for our new boss Eddie Howe. This guy seems like a breath of fresh air. He’s genial and likeable, and seems to have a broader knowledge of the requirements for the Premier League than his predecessor (although I suppose that is not hard). Good luck Eddie.

One of my resolutions is to cut the recently rejuvenated Joelinton a little more slack. I have probably been one of his biggest critics on here for two and a half years, and stated that “he wouldn’t be a Premier League striker as long as he had a hole in his backside”.

I was correct, but he has knuckled down in a more natural system that seemingly suits him, and has rightfully received some of the plaudits his recent performances have merited.

I am tingling with excitement over who we might sign in January 2022.

If it is players of the calibre of Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman, I believe it will send out a message to others who are ambitious enough to look at the big picture of where we are hopefully heading very soon.

This is already a project in motion, and like a big snowball rolling down a hill, will get bigger and bigger.

We showed against Man Utd that the players, staff and supporters are all up for this relegation scrap.

May Newcastle United steamroller into the New Year both on and off the pitch, and let every other club in the country know that the Geordies are coming, we are for real, and we are not going away… ever.

Have a happy New Year one and all and HTL.

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