When Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League last season, there were genuine fears over what the future might hold for the Magpies.
Head coach Rafael Benitez ultimately remained at St James’ Park, however, and the club are well-placed to bounce straight back into the top flight for the 2017-18 campaign.
Indeed, Newcastle currently sit second in the Championship table – 10 points clear of third-place Huddersfield Town entering the business end of the campaign. It would take a remarkable collapse from his position to pass up the chance of promotion, although they face a tough game at home to Leeds United on Friday night.
Paul Dummett, who came through the youth ranks at Newcastle, has admitted, in quotes carried by the Shields Gazette, that it was far from ideal being relegated last season, but the 25-year-old has claimed that dropping down to the second tier could ultimately be “a blessing in disguise”.
“You obviously don’t want to be relegated. Even if we had stayed up and the manager had stayed, I think he would have sorted out what needed to be done anyway, but you can look about it both ways, really.
“So in a way us being relegated could be a blessing in disguise. I suppose it has helped the club sort things out and turn things round. Hopefully, we can be on the up now.”
Dummett has started 39 of Newcastle’s 41 Championship fixtures this season, impressing at left-back for his boyhood team. It has been a difficult period in the history of the Magpies, although it does appear that the club will be back in the top flight for the new campaign.