What price mid-table mediocrity?

By Lee Ryder on Mar 4, 11 07:41 PM

If Newcastle United finished 10th this season, I wouldn't be surprised nor too disappointed after the rollercoaster emotions of the last two seasons.

If anything, we're due a stable finish as much as I'd love to see the lads push on and make it a fairytale finish and get into the Europa League.

What were your expectations at the start of the season, mere survival, top 10, or the long shot of European football?

I'm sure there are some doom-mongers who expected Newcastle to go straight back down, I certainly know a few!

Last season for me is one that will live with me forever and thankfully nobody can take that away from me.

In the Championship I saw a different side to some of the current players, got to know them a bit more, witnessed the humility that was needed to get them up and out the second tier and generally everything that you want to believe is good about footballers was there for all to see.

In a season that had started in turmoil off the field, the bond between the players and the fans was the strongest it had been for years.

That has continued into this season.

And for me, this is the best bunch of players I think I've ever worked with in the professional game.

The reason for that is because they - believe it or not - come across as human beings.

And while in the past watching certain players file through stadiums up and down the land after a defeat in Newcastle United tracksuits and heading for the nearest Airport without a care in the world, this lot actually seem to CARE about losing.

That for me is why if they did pull off the ultimate this season and get something big, they'd deserve it.

That's enough of that though, they also know they'll have to earn it in the last 10 games,

If they can't make it to Europe, then we'll live with it.

This season has already had some great moments but it isn't over yet.

Beat Everton tomorrow and we could be sixth tomorrow night.

It will then make it an interesting final nine games for the Mags and relegation will almost, almost be out of the equation.

Black and white euphoria? Perhaps not.

Sheer devastation like May 2009? Nowhere near.

The quality or state of being mediocre? Doesn't sound as painful as it could be does it?


Gary Wright said:

One euphoria would be finishing above some team whose name I have forgotten who play in red and white stripes. Not Stoke the other mob.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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