It’s fair to say that while it’s been a different season in the Premier League, with fans largely locked out, European Super Leagues, and VAR, for Newcastle, it’s been business as usual.
The club sits just above the relegation zone, and by the end of the season should just pass that magical 40 point mark. So yes, business as usual indeed. In fact, such has been the predictability of this season that it’s enough to create an entire bingo card, with plenty to tick off throughout the season.
So, channelling our inner bingo site, we’ve pulled together some of the events and circumstances which continue to take over United’s season, every season…
Just when will he go? Takeover plans have been rife once again this season and are still being rumoured with the Staveley potential takeover from last year still being discussed, while Mike Ashley only last week he was “hell-bent” on selling up.
Will 2021/22 be the season it actually happens? You can probably place your bets we’ll be saying the same thing this time next year.
Manager Continually Under Pressure
Bruce had a relatively good start to the season but once again the rumour mill has been turning almost on a weekly basis. The current manager has been in an uncertain dugout for some time now, and the favourites to replace him have also changed throughout the season. At present Chris Wilder is the favourite with the bookmakers, while Grame Jones, Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard have all been mooted as a potential Bruce replacement.
It’s expected a series of meetings over the next few weeks will decide Bruce’s future. Watch this space.
It’s been a relatively safe season in the end for the Magpies. Newcastle sit 12 points clear of the dropzone at present, but have been within touching distance at a number of points throughout the season.
However, it’s perhaps a matter of how poor Fulham, West Brom, and Sheffield United have been rather than it being a comfortable season for Bruce’s men.
The Odd Glimmer of Hope
Newcastle’s form in recent weeks has been good, losing just one in eight and picking up three wins in the last five. It’s offered a glimmer of hope that next season could be a positive one, but as usual, heading into pre-season will ask pose the questions of who will be in charge, will the club spend any money, and exactly what are the club’s ambitions exactly?
2021/22, a season like EVERY other?