success at various stages of their fledgling careers. This is a side used to winning and winning when it mattered. That won’t disappear overnight. They’re also a well-coached, well drilled group of players who will be relishing the challenge. It’s a world away from the last time we approached a Premier League campaign with the hapless McClaren in charge who had a set of players at his disposal who at best were ‘unfamiliar’ with the demands of the Premier League (particularly away from home) and at worst didn’t want to be here or simply didn’t care. There is much to be pleased about heading into the new season. Unfortunately there are reasons to be concerned. I’m writing ten days before the start of the new season and five new players have joined United at a combined cost of £32m. We’ve brought in just £2m in player sales and it’s reasonable to assume the club would offload Riviere, Krul, Darlow, Hanley, Saivet, Mitrovic, Haidara, Lascelles and possibly Colback if it could. There was never the £70 - £150m the press wanted you to believe to spend. Mike Ashley doesn’t put money into Newcastle United for transfers and quite right too. The financial scars of relegation are being realised as even with a £30m from
player sales made last season, NUFC are £100m (at least) behind our rivals this season. It was always going to be a massive task for any manager. Rafa Benitez has made it known publicly he was left frustrated about the inability of the club to land key targets before pre-season. These weren’t £10m+ targets, but targets available for free or on loan. Targets that Rafa did the ground work to secure their arrival and he was let down. We have moved on from that judging by Benitez’s words at the NINE Bar talk in, but January will come around and the same issues will doubtless raise their head again. There are only
so many failed transfer windows the manager and support will suffer. There’s still time for the club to make this transfer window a success. They should not waste that chance. Having said that it’ll be a delight to be in St James’ Park on August 13th. Gallowgate Flags will be back again for another season and there is the brand new signing section in the Gallowgate End to look forwards to. The new strip is probably the best in years and we have a set of players that care. They’re a proud bunch and so is the manager. I really think we’ll closer to the top 8 than the
bottom 3. We need that striker though.... On a true faith front we’ll have more for you than ever before of course – all absolutely free of charge (of course). The website is getting an upgrade and content will be online quicker after games. There’ll be more regular, shorter fanzines. Our YouTube channel is up and running and will have a diverse array of supporter lead content. On top of the newsletters, podcasts and social media we have for you I don’t believe I’m wrong in saying you won’t find better supporter lead coverage of Newcastle United than with true faith. Help us spread the word. Alex Hurst Editor FOLLOW @tfalex1892
Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...