If Newcastle avoid relegation it will be a very successful season in the Premier League

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Chris Hughton will face a big challenge keeping Newcastle in the Premier League

In the last few days, since Newcastle United were officially announced as a Premier League team, the question is being thrown about already, as to where the Magpies will finish come May 2011. A few pundits I’ve seen already are confident they’ll see Newcastle lie in and around the 12-15th spot, but I can’t help but think that’s very far fetched. Saying that, who thought Alex McLeish’s Birmingham City would be where they are at the start of the season? They’re lying very comfortable indeed and are an extremely hard team to beat, as we’ll see next season.

If Newcastle can avoid relegation then I’ll be delighted as that is the aim for their season. Let’s not be thinking about mid-table spot’s or even possibly the final spot for the Europa League. This simply won’t happen.

Chris Hughton today has warned the fans not to get too excited about their upcoming Premier League campaign as it’ll see a fighting Newcastle United try and get points from every game, in anyway possible. As long as we don’t play Stoke style football then I’m a happy man.

There’s no doubt we need to buy and need a proven centre-forward, which are quite hard to come by these days. A lot of people are looking for Robbie Keane to arrive but I wouldn’t be a big fan of the Irish international. He’s a great finisher agreed, but only when he has some excellent players behind him. The likes of Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar, Aaron Lennon and so on. Now, he could well bang the goals in for Newcastle if he happened to arrive but I very much doubt he’ll be making his way to St.James’ Park any time soon.

Now that we’re back in the Premier League let’s not get carried away as a certain percentage of Newcastle United fans will. A very small percentage at that. We must fight to survive.

We’re in the best league in the world now, and if we buy wisely, and indeed off-load wisely, then we have every chance to survive. That is the aim, to be a Premier League team for the 201112 season, after we win the Coca Cola Championship that is 😀

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icedog: ⏱ 08/04/2010

or big sams type of game,think r.keane is over ashleys age limit like,i would be happy as jan window if we get4 in,c/f,two m/f,r/b omo like

Petertoon: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Sorry Doocey but wasn't you who got carried away a few hours ago when you said we should be looking at: (http://www.tynetime.com/2010/04/07/3-players-newcastle-united-should-be-looking-at-right-now/) -Jamie O’Hara We maybe got a chance if we are lucky -Roque Santa Cruz is never gonna happen maybe he'll be sold in the summer but not to us -David Bentley NOT Gonna happen. We must realise that we are not going to get those short of players even if we are a big club, their will not take a chance and join us just because we got up to the premier league . The main thing is to survive the first season then maybe we can start looking at those short of players HOWAY THE LADS

icedog: ⏱ 08/04/2010

or big sams type of game,think r.keane is over ashleys age limit like,i would be happy as jan window if we get4 in,c/f,two m/f,r/b omo like

Doocey: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Indeed it was me who posted that yesterday Peter but you might have noticed too, presuming you've read it, that I called the last two 'long-shots' and even as far as 'very long-shots'. I'm far from getting carried away and if you read this 'blog regularly that I'm not one to start demanding all sorts when we happen to win a few games and now, have gained promotion. If we stay up, as I said, I'm a happy man. And even happier if Jamie O'Hara comes too. I really think he's a realistic target.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Think we will finish closer to the euro spots than the relegation spots myself.Think you being a tad bit unfair,and not taking into account the great fighting sprite this squad now has.With a few wise investments who knows, we maybe even get in the euro spots.

Petertoon: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Sorry Doocey but wasn't you who got carried away a few hours ago when you said we should be looking at: (http://www.tynetime.com/2010/04/07/3-players-newcastle-united-should-be-looking-at-right-now/) -Jamie O’Hara We maybe got a chance if we are lucky -Roque Santa Cruz is never gonna happen maybe he'll be sold in the summer but not to us -David Bentley NOT Gonna happen. We must realise that we are not going to get those short of players even if we are a big club, their will not take a chance and join us just because we got up to the premier league . The main thing is to survive the first season then maybe we can start looking at those short of players HOWAY THE LADS

Doocey: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Indeed it was me who posted that yesterday Peter but you might have noticed too, presuming you've read it, that I called the last two 'long-shots' and even as far as 'very long-shots'. I'm far from getting carried away and if you read this 'blog regularly that I'm not one to start demanding all sorts when we happen to win a few games and now, have gained promotion. If we stay up, as I said, I'm a happy man. And even happier if Jamie O'Hara comes too. I really think he's a realistic target.

NUFCELITE: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Think we will finish closer to the euro spots than the relegation spots myself.Think you being a tad bit unfair,and not taking into account the great fighting sprite this squad now has.With a few wise investments who knows, we maybe even get in the euro spots.

Neil: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Doocey, it’s nice to hear from an NUFC fan with both feet on the ground. I was beginning to think I was the only one! No doubt we’ll sign a few players in the summer, but I don’t think we’ll get anyone as high profile as Santa Cruz or Keane. I really hope the reports about signing Harewood aren’t true! I think we’ll probably have enough to stay up, but I think we’re looking at about 14th – 16th place. I hear a lot of people saying stuff like “We’re better than Bolton / Stoke / Blackburn / Wolves / Wigan” etc., as if the bottom half of the PL is the same as the top half of the CCC. Wishful thinking, in my opinion. I also hear a lot of talk about how hard working we are and how great our team spirit is. Is this really true? It’s easy to assume when we have picked up points in all but 4 of our league games, but our good form has far more to do with playing against weak opposition than improvements we ourselves have made. I don’t think these things are really tested until you’re under pressure. It’s a shame we didn’t get to play a PL team this season in one of the cups, which might have given us an indication as to where we really are. We’ve have had a good season in the CCC, but we shouldn’t under-estimate how difficult next season will be. So let’s not get carried away.

Neil: ⏱ 08/04/2010

Doocey, it’s nice to hear from an NUFC fan with both feet on the ground. I was beginning to think I was the only one! No doubt we’ll sign a few players in the summer, but I don’t think we’ll get anyone as high profile as Santa Cruz or Keane. I really hope the reports about signing Harewood aren’t true! I think we’ll probably have enough to stay up, but I think we’re looking at about 14th – 16th place. I hear a lot of people saying stuff like “We’re better than Bolton / Stoke / Blackburn / Wolves / Wigan” etc., as if the bottom half of the PL is the same as the top half of the CCC. Wishful thinking, in my opinion. I also hear a lot of talk about how hard working we are and how great our team spirit is. Is this really true? It’s easy to assume when we have picked up points in all but 4 of our league games, but our good form has far more to do with playing against weak opposition than improvements we ourselves have made. I don’t think these things are really tested until you’re under pressure. It’s a shame we didn’t get to play a PL team this season in one of the cups, which might have given us an indication as to where we really are. We’ve have had a good season in the CCC, but we shouldn’t under-estimate how difficult next season will be. So let’s not get carried away.

Dean: ⏱ 09/04/2010

I'll be more than happy to be just playing back in the Premier League again next season.. before we ever got relegation it was easy to take for granted the size of our club that we will forever belong in the Premier League, so not only has the players learnt from the experience so has the fans possibly.. and for as far as I'm concerned I would love to be still playing Premier League football in 5 years to come. It's hard to know what to expect, and to be honest I feel we aint any better than any club in the Premier League, but our team spirit is for sure a lot better than I can remember it for some time now, and that can only help our progress.

Dean: ⏱ 09/04/2010

I'll be more than happy to be just playing back in the Premier League again next season.. before we ever got relegation it was easy to take for granted the size of our club that we will forever belong in the Premier League, so not only has the players learnt from the experience so has the fans possibly.. and for as far as I'm concerned I would love to be still playing Premier League football in 5 years to come. It's hard to know what to expect, and to be honest I feel we aint any better than any club in the Premier League, but our team spirit is for sure a lot better than I can remember it for some time now, and that can only help our progress.