After our relegation on Sunday the Toon have become the brunt of jokes from football supporters and pundits up and down the country. The jubilation seeping out of Hull on Survival Sunday was enough to make anyone vomit. However, it is what it is and the truth of the matter is that we didn’t deserve to stay up, we weren’t good enough.
But, with every cloud there’s a silver lining and us Geordies have always been known as an optimistic bunch. Here’s five reasons to be positive for next season:
- Alan Shearer could be manager: It’s not a definite, but comments from Derek Llambias are hinting towards the club appointing Shearer as Newcastle United manager on a permanent basis. Nothing has been said yet, but with an experienced backroom staff of possibly Ian Dowie, John Carver and Robert Lee, we’ll be in great shape on the training field.
- We’ll be rid of the deadwood: Players like Owen, Geremi, Viduka, Alan Smith, Colloccini etc will be long gone. Viduka’s fitness problems means that he’s never going to be able to play the amount of games he’s getting handsomely paid for and the others, well, let’s just say that there’ll be no tears shed when they cross the Tyne Bridge and head elsewhere.
- We’ll be out of the limelight: Hopefully we’ll be left in peace to sort out our own mess. We won’t be under the constant glare of the Sky cameras and with Shearer at the helm, our players will be under the strictest orders that we need to be making headlines for the right reasons, our football.
- The young players will be given the chance: Shearer already mitigated a few weeks ago that he would be prepared to unleash some of the younger players if needed. What odds the likes of Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll being let loose on the Championship and being told to prove a point? With a few experienced and motivated players brought in, our young players can be given the chance to shine and develop.
- More Saturday games: There’s nowt like watching the Toon on a Saturday afternoon with a 3pm kick-off. There’ll be no more scrambling for trains or buses to make a 12 noon kick-off away to Portsmouth – no, we’ll play our football at 3pm and we’ll bloody well like it thank you.
If you’ve got any more reasons why Newcastle United being relegated is a positive thing, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
Howay the Toon.