‘Finishing below Sunderland and Boro isn’t a success for Newcastle!’ – Opinion

first_imgtalkSPORT Drive presenter Adrian Durham gives his view on events at St James’ Park…Listening to Jason Cundy on the Sportsbar this week was brilliant and hilarious in equal measure. He basically said Newcastle hadn’t had a successful season because they shouldn’t even be in the division they’ve just won.I missed a good chunk of the show because I was laughing uncontrollably at the ridiculous caller who bit back at Jason: “Newcastle have had a more successful season so far than Chelsea!”Geordie genius?Are you Geordie sure?Question: does winning the title in the second tier end Newcastle’s trophy drought? No, of course not. The fans of this club will rightly continue to demand real success.Finishing 21st in England isn’t a successful season.Finishing below Sunderland and Middlesbrough can in no way be described as success for Newcastle.In the context of the season Newcastle have done the job required. But if the message from the Toon army is that this qualifies as success, why should Ashley spend any money next season?He might as well get relegated, then promoted again. Then get relegated and then promoted again. Success every other season? What’s not to love for the owner!Newcastle sold players and signed players. Net spend this, injuries that. What’s not in question is Newcastle had the best squad, best manager and biggest budget – a budget bigger than a lot of Premier League clubs.Winning the title was a no-brainer in the Championship for Newcastle, no matter what kind of desperate arguments are put up to try to pretend otherwise. It should have been in their hands from start to finish, but it wasn’t. Ultimately that doesn’t matter – because the record books will show that Newcastle won the league.They’ll also show it is the second best league in the country. There is no Champions League qualification. There is no end to that infamous trophy drought that’s been going on since they won the Fairs Cup in 1969.Now, without Googling, Newcastle fans: who did you beat in the final? What was the score? And who was the only foreign player in the Newcastle team (you should know him, he scored)?Newcastle shouldn’t even be in the Championship, so winning the title in the second tier – being the 21st best team in the country this season – should be met with a pat on the back, well done for putting right what went wrong and should never have happened last season.Stumbling over the title line and relying on Brighton slipping up in three successive games, and then celebrating so wildly sends out all the wrong signals to Mike Ashley.Every 7 May from now on will be celebrated on Tyneside – Happy Jack Grealish Day – the man who won Newcastle the title. I hope they cut Jack a medal. Answers: Ujpest FC (formerly Ujpest Dosza), 6-2 on aggregate, Preben Arentoft. Newcastle United celebrate their Championship title win 1last_img read more