Andrew Cole predicts 'tough season' for Newcastle, believes fans want cup success this season

Steve McClaren

Andrew Cole believes a cup run would please Newcastle fans this season.

Former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole has told Kicca that he predicts a 'tough season' for the Magpies - but believes a cup run would certainly please the St. James' Park faithful.

Cole, who joined Newcastle in 1993, hit 68 goals in 85 games for the Magpies before joining Premier League rivals Manchester United in 1995.

Now out of football, Cole has had time to cast his eye over his former club, in what has been an interesting summer on Tyneside.

Steve McClaren - who coached Cole at Manchester United - has arrived as manager, whilst big signings such as Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic have all arrived in an uncharacteristically huge outlay from chairman Mike Ashley.

So far, Newcastle remain without a Premier League win this season following draws with Southampton and Manchester United as well as defeats to Swansea City and Arsenal.

Cole has told Kicca that it will be a 'tough season' for McClaren and Newcastle having only narrowly avoided relegation last season, but believes a run to a cup final would be a huge boost for the Magpies fanbase.

"Steve McClaren is a brilliant coach, one of the best coaches I've had," said Cole. "He's gone to Newcastle, he's had money to spend and brought in some decent players. I know they've not started particularly well, but they had a great result at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago."

"It will be a tough season for Newcastle, but if they finish in the top half of the table, they would have done well and if they get themselves on a good cup run, that's what the fans really want. If they get themselves to a cup final, that will be, to the fans, like winning the championship," he added.

Newcastle haven't been in a cup final since losing 2-0 in the FA Cup final to Manchester United back in 1999, and McClaren could certainly earn plaudits by ending that long drought.

Whether the Newcastle boss feels that his squad is strong enough to compete in the league and in cup competitions remains to be seen, but a midtable finish and a cup final appearance would certainly mark progress for Newcastle under McClaren.

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