I was hoping Newcastle would stay up. No luck there. We’ve touched on this before but Benitez has a chance to do something big with Newcastle if he sticks with them. Hopefully he does. Getting right back up to the Premier League won’t be easy, especially with the likely departures, but if he does that then there’s a good chance of further success. All depends on the board though.
Common sense says there will never be another Leicester. OR at least, not for a very long time. Not sure why Brighton and Middlesbrough or on the list, when the likes of Swansea and Southampton have a better chance. Newcastle shouldn’t be on this list as they are a bigger club than all the others. Them winning the Premier League would be a surprise but not as big as Leicester.
I think, and hope, Newcastle can pull it out. As mentioned, their last two games, give definite cause for hope. Norwich City has to play a Manchester United side that will still feel it has something to play for and Sunderland face a Chelsea side who could win just as easily as lose. Benitez has definitely turned things around but we’ll only know if it’s too late one the 38 games or done. Or if Newcastle somehow lose this weekend.
Agreed through. Wish I had written about this when I though about it. Yes, Benitez has managed some bigger clubs in England and Spain and achieved success but staying at Newcastle, even with relegation, and building them back up would be one of the best managerial achievements in current times. Newcastle has some solid talent and if Benitez gets the control he would like then they could be a really good team.
I’d prefer Newcastle to stay up. I just would like to see how Rafa Benitez does with a full preseason with what is a decent group of players. He also has an interesting array of forwards to work with as noted by the author. Hopefully they come good.
Some great points before, and I think its something we’ve touched on before. Newcastle’s lack of ambition or, rather, Mike Ashley’s lack of ambition for Newcastle has played a part in the current problems. I found the author’s points about Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool at the end to be very interesting.
Arsenal have spent a decade happy with where, and what, they are. They might not have fallen, not yet at least, but they have failed to profit from the travails of others; as their traditional peers have stumbled, others have accelerated past them.
But United and Liverpool have already suffered relegations of their own — from contenders for the Champions League to contenders for the Champions League places
If the incoming money from the recent TV deals allow the likes of Tottenham and Everton to continue to improve then there’s no telling what may happen if Arsenal don’t make changes.
I wonder if Stan Kroenke’s read this guidebook. Okay, maybe that’s harsh but you have to feel the energy sucking out of Arsenal fans after each disappointing season. There’s no comparison to Newcastle fans yet though. Appointing Rafa Benitez only works if he’s allowed to run things his way.
My piece for RantSports on Newcastle vs. Arsenal
Great tactical piece here. Wijnaldum was a great pickup for Newcastle. Seems like they are getting Florian Thauvin as well so that will make things interesting on the wings. They list to Swansea, no shame there, but if things work out well this Newcastle side may finally start to live up to its potential.
Definitely some interesting appointments for either side. Hopefully they turn out more positive than negative. Especially in Newcastle’s case. Too much talent to not be doing better. Some good points made by the author though.