People who know me well will tell you I can get a little defensive when it comes to Newcastle United. I am a man who will listen to other opinions and views just as long as they aren’t ridiculous.
Last night I was sat in the pub with a couple of friends, one of them being an avid Liverpool fan. Naturally football was mentioned quite swiftly and it got us discussing last season, specifically Newcastle’s incredible season which saw Alan Pardew’s men finish 5th in the Premier League.
I sat and proudly ran through some highlights of last term and spoke of my optimism for the future. My friend Chris responded by calling me ‘delusional’ and explained that last season was ‘a fluke’ and we would struggle to duplicate such form next time out.
Now it’s been well documented in the past that not only aren’t I keen on Liverpool as a club, but I find a large chunk of their fans to be egotistical and impossible to discuss football with them from a neutral point of view. Anyone remember the View from the away end I did with a Liverpool fan last season? And they call us deluded….
Chris also claimed Liverpool would be business as usual next season and will achieve a top 4 finish, with Newcastle struggling to make the top 15. For good measure he said Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa are our only good players and we’ll struggle to keep them. Hmmm, maybe I was talking to Lawro in disguise?
Although I found Chris’ rant to be false and rather comic, it did leave me thinking what is next for Newcastle? Will we build on last years success or will we struggle to replicate it next season?