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the European spots. No matter who comes into the team, challenging for Europe just a season after being promoted is surely an unrealistic target. In reality, simply surviving next year could be considered success. The money that comes with being in England’s top flight these days is crucial. For this reason, it would be no surprise if Mike Ashley was happy with another 17th place finish next year. However, the club finally have a platform to kick on and make themselves a constant figure in the Premier League. With Señor Benitez in the dugout and quality players actively wanting to sign for us, if anyone but Ashley was in charge you would be massively optimistic about the nine months that lie ahead. That being said, with the right recruitment and www.true-faith.co.uk

investment, the club could potentially have a solid season upon their return to the top flight. You only need to look at teams such as Southampton and Stoke City to see that good business in the transfer market can make a huge difference for clubs who have recently been plying their trade in the Championship. Standard of the league To add to this, Bournemouth finished ninth last season. Bournemouth. 9th. Admittedly they have a fantastic young coach and a squad filled with some talented, and slightly underrated players, but if Newcastle cannot compete with a club that size then something is going wrong. As pleased as Bournemouth and Southampton will have been with their ninth and eighth place finishes respectively last season, the standard of the league

was significantly lower than usual last term. A mere six points separated Claude Puel’s Saints and Walter Mazzarri’s Watford, who finished nine places below Southampton in 17th, on the magic mark of 40 points. To add to this, Southampton ended up 15 points behind Everton, who finished one place above them. Another eight points separated sixth and seventh. For this reason, last season’s league positions can probably be taken with a pinch of salt. However, the top six does look too far away for a club who has recently been in the second tier, no matter who may arrive at the club before the end of August. Signings are the key However, last season may have been the start of a new era for the Premier League. With the ridiculous amount of TV money in

However, the club finally have a platform to kick on and make themselves a constant figure in the Premier League. With Señor Benitez in the dugout and quality players actively wanting to sign for us, if anyone but Ashley was in charge you would be massively optimistic about the nine months that lie ahead.

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...