After all the suffering. After all of the losses, the draws, and the lack of victories. After all of the takeover drama. After appointing an extraordinary coach. After rebuilding the team’s chemistry and attitude from the ground—or even deeper.
After all of that, Newcastle United is staying in the Premier League for the 2022-23 season. Yessir!
With Leeds United dropping points yesterday against Chelsea—the Londoners defeated Leeds by a solid 3-0 final score—it’s now official: Newcastle can’t fall to any of the three Championship-bound positions in the few weeks of play still in the schedule.
Newcastle went to sleep yesterday sitting 14th on the table with 43 points. The Magpies have already played 36 games with a home match next Monday against Arsenal and the grand finale over relegation-fighting Burnley. The bottom-three teams right now (Norwich City, Watford, and Leeds United) have all played 36 games too while having 21, 23, and 34 points respectively. Burnley is at 34 points with three games left, and Everton has 36 points on 35 games played too.
Worst-case scenario, Newcastle losses both of their remaining games and still finishes no further down 17th. Best-case scenario: I don’t care. NEWCASTLE IS A 2022-23 PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM, folks.
This might feel like ridiculously tiny news for some, but it’s far from that. Newcastle were in a very muddy, dark, dubious situation as recently as last December. Yet here they are now. And this, also, might mean that the Toon Army has already gone through the worst period of the post-Ashley era: avoiding relegation. Everything should go much smoother from now on. The hopes for a stronger squad are very present, there will be improvements all around the club—players, staff, facilities, etc...—and things are looking very very bright ahead of next season and beyond.
Enjoy the trip, this has just started.
Howay the Lads!