Do Not Discredit Newcastle’s Achievement

Two days on from a dramatic day at St James’ Park, there have been various media outlets trying to play down Newcastle’s achievements this season.

This is something that has angered me greatly. It seems people who do not understand Newcastle, the people on the outside love nothing more than to see the club fail, however when Newcastle are doing well they will do all they can to play down their success. Newcastle United are returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, as champions of the Sky Bet Championship. Something that is extremely hard to do, England’s second tier is one of the most competitive leagues around.

Before Newcastle United had even kicked a ball this season, there were numerous amounts of people suggesting Newcastle should coast to the title, if they do not, the season would be seen as a failure. Now remember that was even before a ball had been kicked. The magpies had a massive squad overhaul, no less than 12 first team players came in. 16 senior players left Tyneside last summer, the likes of former captain Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum all went on to pastures new. That is a huge change, it is difficult for a team to adapt to such an adjustment. There were some voices that suggested Newcastle were “buying their way to the Premier League”. Something that was well wide of the mark, in fact Newcastle actually came out of the transfer window with a profit.

The fact that Aston Villa spent an awful lot of money on players, does not seem to enter the minds of the anti Newcastle brigade. The club have had so many things go against them this season, to end up as champions is quite incredible. Newcastle have had to stand by and watch Shelvey receive a five match ban for supposed racist comments, with no evidence, two red card decisions at Nottingham Forest that cost the club three points, only for the authorities to overturn the decisions in the days that followed. Newcastle also had the ridiculous penalty decision against Burton Albion, where Matt Ritchie scored only for the referee to rule it out and award Burton a free-kick. Brighton have benefited from the officials this season, having been awarded 11 penalties, some of which have been very soft. Newcastle on the other hand were awarded 4. The officiating in Championship has been nothing short of atrocious at times this season.

Both yesterday and today I have seen media outlets suggesting Newcastle were gifted the title by Brighton. There have been little to no positive comments made about Newcastle’s achievements this season, it is about time people acknowledged what a superb job Rafael Benitez and the players have done this season, instead of whining about the fact Newcastle were the ones lifting the title not Brighton. I am delighted the Brighton are promoted along with Newcastle, but to try and take Newcastle’s achievement away from them is wrong.

Unfortunately it seems the anti Newcastle brigade have nothing better to do, than criticise everything about the club. Hopefully in time, they might just concentrate on talking about their own club, I very much doubt it though.

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