The upcoming season is going to be an interesting one for Newcastle United. The supporters aren’t very optimistic over the upcoming campaign and not many of them are expecting to finish higher than last season’s 10th place.
Sky Sports Predictor has #NUFC on 11th place this season. Realistic?
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 8, 2018
Most supporters would take any finish that has them outside of the bottom three this season, but with the squad they have being very similar to the one from last season but still having Rafa Benitez in charge could see them maintain their good run over the last two seasons and they could well achieve another top ten finish. The last time the club ended two consecutive seasons in the top ten was between 2002 and 2004 when they finished 3rd and 5th.
However, things have changed a lot since then and for the Magpies, they’ll be keen to ensure that they retain their Premier League status and will then look to see how high they can finish. The last time the St James Park faithful ended a season 10th was back in the 2013/14 campaign. The season after that in 2014/15 saw them drop five places to 15th and then during the 2015/16 season they were relegated, a fate that the fans will be desperate to avoid for this season and the next three.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on where they’ll finish here:
I would be happy with 11th given what our ownership has done. Better than fighting relegation but a shadow of what could have been
— samantha (@mumba88) August 8, 2018
Would 100% take right now. It may be a place lower but its respectable and safe.
— Matt Plews (@Matt_Plews) August 8, 2018
I’d sign up for that right now and be quite happy
— ohio toon (@OhioToon) August 8, 2018
Would take that
— Arron Gallagher (@_arrongallagher) August 8, 2018
It’s realistic yes. But it could be anywhere from 11th-18th in truth
— Lee Barry (@iamleebarry) August 8, 2018
I would say 14th-16th is realistic
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) August 8, 2018
Nope. Will be lucky to get 14th.
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) August 8, 2018
Just from the handful of tweets above, it’s clear to see that the supporters aren’t exactly positive ahead of the new season and will be keen to see how they fare in their first few games before making a real prediction.