Benwell Lad Posted May 26, 2009 Share Posted May 26, 2009 .... was different to those which were promoted before them. They had a stable and united club behind them and total support of the fans. The board and manager invested wisely and the club was positioned to progress in the next league, and not just come back down after a season or two. Alan Shearer (or whoever is charged with the task) will be wise to study that model and try to build a similar type of team. People calling for the departure of players like Duff and Butt should be aware that they were just the type of players Keegan brought to the club to gain promotion. His was a team built around experience and it allowed flair players to express themselves. He was also ruthless and very quickly discarded some of his key players as soon as promotion was achieved. This time round it's very different. Football and business have changed and the club has suffered a huge negative blow, last time round we were a second division team on the ascendency, the general mood was positive. What has not changed is that we will fill every away ground we visit next season, each game will be that club's cup final and the atmosphere will be intense and intimidating. To cope with that we will need experienced players, kids alone would not deal with it, so Shearer's team will need to be a blend of experience and flair. Hopefully we'll find a couple of gems with pace to give us something different, although Waddle's or Beardsley's may be in short supply. What will certainly be needed if we are to bounce back will be a totally UNITED club. We need a strong united management team, only players totally commited to the cause and fans who support rather than bicker and criticise. We can't turn back the clock but we can learn a lot from the way the club was 16 or 17 years ago when we last got promoted and went on to challenge for the Premier League title shortly afterwards. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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