Newcastle United’s season has gone from strength to strength after many thought that the team would find this season hard and would be vulnerable to second season syndrome.
How wrong were they? Already over the forty point mark that guarantees Premier League football for next season, Newcastle now found themselves in the mix for a European place. Yet there is still the bias from many sporting outlets ready to dismiss the challenge of the Magpies and rarely any mention of the club as serious contenders for Europe.
However this works to the advantage of Alan Pardew and his squad as it allows them to continue winning matches without the press focussing a glaring eye on their every move. But does the team deserve to be taken seriously now? No one can say that the team’s start to the season was a fluke, many thought that the side would not be able to continue that run of form but to be fair the side have continued to pick up the points.
It says a lot that even though there are twenty teams in the Premier League, you will find in a newspaper that they offer the most press to those in the top four. That works to the advantage of the team but it highlights how news sources focus on these teams rather than granting stories to other clubs in the league.
Flying under the radar is probably the best thing for Newcastle United as at it allows them to push on for a European place without having to face pressure from stories that surface in the press. At the end of the season it will most likely see the press praise our efforts and pundits realising that the team are not to be made fun of and that they mean business in the Premier League.
With that in mind, Pardew and his side will prepare for their next match against Wolves with the press focussing on who will replace Mick McCarthy as manager leaving them to get on with the job and to produce a result for the Newcastle faithful.
I just can’t help but think that it’s a good thing that we’re being left alone to get on with our own thing.