Great expectations.

Warm words from Charlie.

Charles had great expectations...
Back in January 2009 our wonderful club was accused by Charles ‘insomnia’ of being a small club, saying that “After four years at Newcastle, I want to reach a higher level of ambition. I don’t think that is possible here.”

He then decided Wigan was the way to go which was clearly a clutching at straws having been turned down by any ‘bigger’ clubs.

Was he right to leave Newcastle? Was he right about Newcastle?

From frequenting various ‘blogs and forums the opinion seems to be split on where we should be aiming for next year. Obviously much of it will hinge on the summer but are we going to once again put too much pressure on the team?

Toon fans are forever being accused of being ‘unrealistic’. I don’t see how expecting a strike force that cost over £36 million (Owen, Luque, Martins) to get us challenging for a European place is unrealistic but the fact remains we have been a mediocre club for a good few years now.

Since Sir Bobby left in 2004 we have finished in the top 10 ONCE. One good season with Glenn Roeder aside, we haven’t managed to get more than 44 points in a season in all that time.

The optimism our fans share is what I feel contributes towards making football great. We don’t limit our aims. I feel the spells we had under Bobby and Keegan has meant that we will always dream that a manager will restore us to brushing it with the big boys.

Our team has huge potential at the minute, but that’s what it is – potential.

I think 9th should be our aim next season, with the traditional top four, Man City, Tottenham, Everton & Villa standing out as the best eight teams in the league for me. If we can become top of the rest than it will be time to push further.

There is still a lot of negativity from some Newcastle fans and those of us that are willing to take baby steps need to make sure we don’t jump on Pardew’s back if we have a similar season to this one. We will most likely have a new strike force that may take time to gel and if results don’t go our way the last thing we want is to call for a new manager.

We need to build a team over a few years not try to rush into it, that’s what brought us the likes of Souness and Fat Sam, who in turn brought the likes of Geremi, Boumsong and Luque.

Patience! We don’t want to end up like N’Zogbia, a deluded, laughable mess!

The future’s bright, the future’s black and white!

Also, on a side note, this is the team Sir Bobby Robson had out at the Nou Camp in 2002. The man was a miracle worker!

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Andy Griffin, Andy O’Brien, Aaron Hughes, Olivier Bernard, Nolberto Solano, Kieron Dyer, Gary Speed, Laurent Robert, Shola Ameobi, Lomano LuaLua.

Average on paper, apart from a few areas. Sound familiar?

111 thoughts on “Great expectations.

  1. I actually don’t think Warnock is a bad player to be fair. Depends whether or not he is brought in for Jose or as backup. I fear it could be for Jose though if it turns out to be true 😕


  2. I feel the right-honerable Toonsy has a point, Army. You don’t get away with putting half a pic of someone that cute on here…


  3. hahahahahahahaha , wey al take it as a compliment that i can get a stunner !! god knows how lol


  4. batty who do you think will be starting sat then mate? u think we will start the youngins or just play with nearly the same team?? hope we rest tiote like !! giv owld kuqi a game


  5. army what toonsy dusent no is i always grass him too his wife ,and shes way too good looking for him 🙂


  6. Honestly, it has to be Jonas on the right, Nolan and Barton in the middle with Ferguson on the left.

    Surely even Pardew can’t miss this since he himself is going on about Ferguson getting game time.


  7. toonsy divent get a pic of your lass ,i like keeping it to meself 😉 god my comp is sticky 😆


  8. 94
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM
    Army – Sunday.

    Batty – My mrs knows she is on to a good thing with me

    whats the gud thing? eyeing up lasses on the newcastle blog? hahaha


  9. Personally I would take 9th next season as an accpetable league position considering we are now sitting 11th.

    Nonetheless, that judgement is based on limited spending in the summer and that is not something I would personally welcome. The spending on player purchasing of the club has been one of the lowest amongst PL clubs and that is not a good sign for a club with 52000 seated stadium and a solid fan base accross the world.

    Man U, Man C, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs are currently much better than us, but I don’t see why we can’t challenge the likes of Aston Villa and Everton.

    A top quality striker, RM, DR and a few good back up players, I think we can aim for 7th.


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