Too much too soon?

Too much too soon?
Too much too soon?
The end of the 2011-2012 season saw the Magpies complete one of their best seasons for a while with them finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League.

In contrast 2012-2013 so far has proved to be one of extremely different circumstances. The club now find itself in a relegation battle and with personal matters haunting their Captain, Alan Pardew has his work cut out in turning it around.

Significant additions to the squad in the January transfer window have led to renewed hope among the Geordie faithful. The departure of Demba Ba has been a big blow for the side along with Fabricio Coloccini announcing that he wanted to return to Argentina due to personal reasons. Thankfully that saga has been resolved for now.

There have been many reasons suggested for the team’s demise this year but there is one that stands out. Too much too soon. This is only the club’s third season back in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship. Our first season back in the Premier League saw us finish 12th, the following season we finished 5th.

A considerable jump in just one season – seven places in fact – for a team to make. Qualifying for Europe was a fantastic achievement for the club but in a sense it seems like they’ve not made significant additions to prepare the squad for their latest adventure.

A period of stability is needed to cement your place in the Premier League, Newcastle seem to have bypassed that and go straight into surpassing expectations. The stability would allow players to develop, form a strong bond between each other and create a winning formula that works every season.

What has been witnessed is this lack of stability, the inability to cope with the demands of a packed schedule and a team that hasn’t produced results when expected.

The remainder of this season will be one that sees the priority in avoiding relegation. Once that has been achieved it will be a process of making sure that steps are put into place to make sure that Newcastle establish themselves as a strong and consistent Premier League club.

That will then allow the Magpies to once again push on for Europe when equipped properly.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

80 thoughts on “Too much too soon?

  1. Wenger says unfair clubs like Newcastle can make wholesale changes. Unfair on clubs who have already played them twice

    hows it unfair. I’m not really sure what his gripe is.

    Isnt this what the windows for or is he just being bitter because we signed players he liked?


  2. Last season – much good fortune early in the season which bred confidence. As a result by the end of the season we were playing with great confidence and flair and fully deserved 5th.
    This season – awful luck with injuries and run of the ball has drained that confidence. The run of nervous performances and dreadful results have been the consequence.
    Practically the same players but the difference is – confidence, epitomised by that performance last week v Reading. Our luck has to change and with the new players and their optimism, a few early positive results will soon turn things around. Keep the faith.


  3. Welcome back Zoe, was wondering how you were getting on. Well done on being part of Newcastle United Ladies Reserves, would be good to have an update how the ladies are doing when you have time 🙂
    Too much too soon, hmmm. Like everyone, just feel if the investment had been made last summer rather than now, we could have kicked on from our ‘over achievement’ last season. All the stars were in alignment and the vast majority of sound thinking adults (excluding our three musketeers) knew we needed to add quality and some numbers to the squad to build on the momentum, especially with the addition of the European fixtures. However it didn’t happen and for lots of reasons, (some could be anticipated while others could not be forseen) we are in the situation we are in. I’m a bit of a dreamer, having lived the Keegan era (along with many dire others), and so with my heart would conclude that it wasn’t too much too soon if investment was made at that time to support and build on that over achievement, however our leaders are not driven by that same desire and were always going to take a much more cautious route. So not too soon for the fans but it was for the hierachy. The investment this week goes a long way for them to make amends. Hopefully it’s not too late.


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