So with a hangover probably being felt by thousands of St James’ Park supporters what does the future hold for the barcodes?
Newcastle United triumphed last night at home to Sheffield United, it was a hard fought win that seemed to epitomize the season as a whole. Determination, grit and a great deal of flair saw Chris Hughton’s side back to the promised land but where can they go next?
Make no mistake the Geordies have a pretty damn good team at their disposal and with a few more additions during the summer they could do well next season and whilst it would be dangerous to get too carried away I think its fair to say that unless they press the self destruct button they should be looking to a top half finish such is the quality of their squad.
Some questions worth considering, and no doubt the subject of many discussions in pubs and bars up and down Newcastle last night.
1) Is Chris Hughton the man to continue the rebuilding process?
2) Can Mike Ashley be trusted to lead from the boardroom? New buyers would surely see the Toon Army as well worth investing in now they have returned to the top flight.
3) How much squad building is needed?
In regards to the first point. Well there will always be a clamour to bring in a ‘big name’ to the club, but is that needed? In many ways Hughton has proved himself more than capable and appears to have the respect of the dressing room, why fix something that at present is not broken.
Second point, well Mike Ashley is still very much the devil in the proceedings but until a new owner surfaces not much can be done. So Newcastle United fans will probably just hope that he stays in the background and avoids messing around with things too much.
In terms of squad building as stated earlier, a massive shake up is not needed. A player or two would be useful to add to the core of top notch players currently at the club.
So over to the Toon Army supporters. What do you think the club can hope for next season? Is it a case of just being satisfied with cementing the clubs place back in the top flight or should Newcastle be aiming for a top six finish?