The Presidents View
By Malcolm Dix
Friday 19 Nov 2010 11:07:00
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After the trauma of relegation followed by the euphoria of promotion as Champions. Here we are back in our rightful place. ‘The Premier League.’ The season beckons and after the dreary World Cup , brilliantly staged by South Africa but let down by the overpaid ,  full of themselves ‘Superstars’ from around the world, England being a prime example. We can only hope that ‘the best league in the world’ lives up to its reputation. We at Newcastle United seem to have avoided most of the ‘drivel’ written about who we are signing. The club have made it difficult  for the Sports Journalists. The ‘club source’ seems to have died up. Sure we prefer reality and only want to know who ‘they’ are when the deal is done. The speculation certainly sells papers and may even promote sales of season tickets. I think the majority of supporters who have bought tickets have done so because they enjoyed what they saw last  season which was a true ‘team’ with genuine ‘team spirit’ and a Manager , who some say is ‘boring’ but who has achieved what his high profile predecessors could not! In giving Andy Carroll the iconic No.9 shirt , Chris Hughton has shown genuine backbone. Andy needs to be shown that we have confidence in him, he won’t let his team mates down. He has all the attributes to become a great centre- forward. Who else is around in the Premier League, who is English and has his qualities? It is great that Alan Shearer ‘rates him’, it would be even better if Alan was able to ‘mentor’ him! He needs guidance and encouragement. I appreciate he has ‘other problems’, now is his opportunity to prove himself on an off the pitch. Of course any centre-forward needs a supply of good quality balls to score goals. Wayne and Jonas will be the ‘suppliers’. Peter can play off Andy and they can compliment each other.  Shola and Leon will be ‘hovering’. Personally I think the addition of Michael Chopra would make for a devastating strike force.

 

In defence, from the wonderful collection of goalkeeping talent to our latest arrival , Sol Campbell, it is looking good. A great shame that Steven Taylor will be our for 8/10 weeks. He is absolutely gutted especially after last season’s  problems, a true Geordie lad who will be back. Mike Williamson and Colo will benefit from playing alongside Sol. Jose will get even better than last season. We need to strengthen at full back but we have players who, whilst not specialists, can do a good job. Midfield is a vital area and we have some good all round players but we need a ‘playmaker.’ Having watched the Reserves and the Youth team we have some great prospects. Kadar, Vuckic, Donaldson and Inman are just 4 but there are quite a few more  ‘raring to go’ . I appointing Peter Beardsley as Reserve team coach with Steve Stone as second in command, we have two dedicated, no nonsense people with a great work ethic. The academy production line is doing exactly what it is designed for!

 

A lot has been written and said about the Management team at Newcastle United.  Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood and the 1st team management have welded the team together and they now have to step up to the League of the ‘Big Boys’ and achieve. I have great confidence in them. The club administration team have done a great job getting the mechanics of the club sorted out. A lot of ‘deadwood’ has gone. I appreciate that initially various personalities did not fit, but that is history. The philosophy of buying for the future and having a ‘sensible’ wage structure may not be everyone’s ideal especially if you think of the ‘entertainers’ but football in this country has got to adopt a sensible financial attitude or the dominoes will start to fall. There are plenty of so called experts who have already forecast that we will struggle and are relegation fodder. I am sorry but I can’t agree with these ‘knockers’. I sincerely feel that this coming season will be an exciting , entertaining one. It is 55 years since I was at Wembley to see us win the F.A. Cup, our last bit of domestic silverware. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we ‘achieved’ this season. Let’s all get behind the team and the Club and do our bit.

 



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