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Newcastle United: The Nolan Era

Post-Rafa Depression
Started on 27 April 2018 by Toon
Latest Reply on 3 June 2018 by walkinshaw
The Toon have enjoyed a fantastic season under Nolan to say the least. If you can keep the wins coming, you could end up with Europa League football for next season. Fingers crossed!
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6 yearsEdited

Newcastle's top-half position in doubt after winless March

Manchester City are only the second side to defeat Newcastle at St. James' Park all season, but their win sees the Magpies drop below Bournemouth, Southampton and Watford in the league table.

March Premier League Results

Everton 3–1 Newcastle
(3rd March 2018)
Dwight Gayle ('87)

Newcastle 2–2 Bournemouth
(10th March 2018)
Christian Atsu ('23)
Dwight Gayle ('31)
Christian Atsu

Newcastle 1–1 Watford
(14th March 2018)
Jonjo Shelvey ('47)

Newcastle 0–2 Man City
(31st March 2018)

League Position after 32 games: 10th

FA Cup: 6h Round

Newcastle 1–1p Swansea
(18th March 2018)
Dwight Gayle ('30)
DeAndre Yedlin

Player of the Month: March

Matt Ritchie
7.0 average rating. 1 assist.
A real heart-breaker of a month there, hopefully the team will bounce back and recover before the end of the season. I may have cursed you with my previous comment. :(
2018-05-10 20:32#249304 ScottT : A real heart-breaker of a month there, hopefully the team will bounce back and recover before the end of the season. I may have cursed you with my previous comment. :(
Haha I was thinking that! But in all honesty I just wanted a good solid start this season so I'd be happy with top 10.
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6 yearsEdited

Nolan determined to secure top 10 position

Newcastle return to 9th spot with two games remaining, Watford and Leicester close behind.

April Premier League Results

West Brom 0–0 Newcastle
(8th April 2018)

Brighton 1–1 Newcastle
(14th April 2018)
Matt Ritchie ('36)
Matt Ritchie

Newcastle 1–0 Huddersfield
(21st April 2018)
Jonjo Shelvey (pen '60)
Jonjo Shelvey

Crystal Palace 3–3 Newcastle
(28th April 2018)
Matt Ritchie ('42)
Paul Dummett ('44)
DeAndre Yedlin ('45+1)

League Position after 36 games: 9th

Player of the Month: April

Matt Ritchie
7.6 average rating. 2 goals.

Newcastle "in a very strong position" says Nolan

"I'm really proud of how the lads have performed this season," Kevin Nolan said following Newcastle's come-back draw at Crystal Palace, which saw the Magpies hit 48 points, one point behind the 2013-14 season total. One more win would make this season their best since 2011-12.

"We are playing with confidence. We are in a very strong position considering some of the challenges we have faced and we are determined to secure a place in the top half," Nolan continued. "We are already making plans for next season, but not without keeping a real focus on our last two matches."

Newcastle will play Leicester at the King Power Stadium next weekend, before facing Manchester United at home in the final fixture of the season.

Newcastle finish season in bizarre final day

Newcastle defeat first-placed Manchester United on the final day to open the door for Manchester City, who fail to capitalize.

May Premier League Results

Leicester 1–1 Newcastle
(5th May 2018)
Ayoze Perez ('41)

Newcastle 1–0 Man Utd
(13th May 2018)
Islam Slimani ('10)
Jamaal Lascelles

League Position after 38 games: 9th

Player of the Month: May

Jamaal Lascelles
7.6 average rating.

Newcastle finish 9th in title-race shutdown

Going in to the final game of the season the title-race all seemed to come down to Newcastle, as they would face current leaders Manchester United (residing on 82 points,) as Manchester City (81 points) faced Arsenal. The Toon did their part, successfully securing a 1-0 win, but City failed to capitalize and lost at the Emirates, meaning Manchester United secured the trophy regardless.

Newcastle went in to the game only a point ahead of 10th placed Watford, who failed to win, meaning Newcastle finished the season in 9th, their highest league finish since their remarkable 5th place finish in the 2011/12 season under Alan Pardew.

Fans and pundits have commended Kevin Nolan's performance this season as Newcastle manager. Despite failing to obtain any awards, it is generally accepted that he over-performed, as a top-half finish was not initially expected for the club.

Final League Standings

1st: Manchester United (82 points, Champions)
2nd: Manchester City (81 points)
3rd: Chelsea (77 points)
4th: Arsenal (73 points)
5th: Liverpool (73 points)

6th: Tottenham (64 points)
7th: Southampton (58 points)
8th: Bournemouth (54 points)
9th: Newcastle (52 points)
10th: Watford (48 points)
11th: Leicester (46 points)
12th: Huddersfield (44 points)
13th: West Ham (43 points)
14th: Burnley (39 points)
15th: Everton (39 points)
16th: Swansea (38 points)
17th: Stoke (37 points)
18th: West Brom (34 points, relegated)
19th: Brighton (34 points, relegated)
20th: Crystal Palace (26 points, relegated)
Fantastic way to close the season and a great league position to match, considering Newcastle have only just returned to the top flight. I'll be interested to see what the business over the course of the Summer looks like.

Twitter Reaction:

Hey man great read, where did you get the fake twitter posts from? They're ace
Excellent season and story so far, loving the updates!
Doing really well to be in the hunt for Europe mate, Newcastle is always one of those team you wanna manage and bring success to a team that has all the infrastructure and capability to fight for a top club billing in fm but just hasn't done it in real life so good luck.

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