Points and positions
First Team Squad
U19, U18 & U17
2000-01 Season Preview written for ZooFootball,com, Aug 2000
Our ego's were stroked by the ZOO football crowd, who rather strangely were interested in our warped opinions and crystal-ball gazing for the then-New season. Here's our contribution:
Carl Cort. Bought to provide much-needed assistance to Shearer and presumably as a replacement for Big Dunc. However, he could end up being our main attacking outlet, and as such, our season could rest on his ability to settle quickly at a new club and add consistency to his game.
However, the presence of Perez at United was a continued reminder of the arrogance of former manager Dalglish, who brought him in on ludicrous wages from Sunderland. In the two years since, he's made well over 500k out of Newcastle without ever kicking a ball in a competitive game for us.
When he eventually condescended to get off his backside and go out on loan (to Cambridge and Scunthorpe), Newcastle still ended up paying part of his wages.
What a fine example to young players! He's a disgrace to the profession. And he had a horrible perm.
It's vital that we get off to a good start in the league this time out, if we are to have any chance of making a return to European competition. As for the cups, we have a record in the League Cup roughly comparable to the Pitcairn Islands in the Eurovision Song Contest, while it would defy logic for us to have a fourth successive FA run. So, it's off to the Millennium Stadium in May then...
Bobby Robson seems to have everything a Newcastle manager needs: knowledge and understanding of the north-east, the respect (fear in some cases) of his coaches and players, a healthy and co-operative attitude to the media and not least, some idea of how football should be played. Post-Robson doesn't bear thinking about at present. Let's just hope his health and appetite for the game remains intact.
Where will you finish?
Reflection on last season?
What constitutes Successful season?
Walking the disciplinary tightrope?