Newcastle United ended the 2021/22 season in style, beating Burnley 2-1 on Sunday.
It was a perfect end to what has been an incredible season for the club. It started with fear of relegation and a bleak future, but it ends with fresh hope and belief that good times are on the horizon.
In fact, the good times are already here. 2022 has been fantastic for Newcastle – it’s been so fun to watch the team over the past few months.
The win over Arsenal in our final home game of the season was special, and Eddie Howe’s side followed it up with another victory.
Newcastle’s win over Burnley means we end the season in 11th, 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
But while fans celebrated a victory on the final day, it wasn’t totally positive in the Newcastle United dressing room after the game.
‘Sadness’ in the Newcastle dressing room
After the game, Toon defender Dan Burn spoke to the Chronicle about the victory.
“It was brilliant and the lads were buzzing,” he said.
“There was also a bit of sadness because there will be a little bit of turnover in the summer.
“Some people will be leaving, some will be staying. I am buzzing for the staff who came in, and buzzing for the lads knowing how much hard work we have put in and the finish we’ve had.”
Multiple Newcastle players will never play for the club again. There will be plenty of outgoings from St James’ Park this summer.
It will be sad to see a lot of fan favourites leave. This squad has been together for a long time, and fans have grown attached.
We’ve still got players from the Championship winning side of 2017. However, there might not be many left by the time the summer transfer window ends.
Whoever does leave, this squad will be remembered for playing for the Magpies during a difficult period. They deserve a lot of praise for what they achieved.
They navigated the tricky waters of the final years of Mike Ashley, and have been able to play a part in the exciting new era at St James’ Park.
The players Newcastle sell this summer will always be remembered fondly.