Simon Jordan has often got it wrong about Newcastle United, but it could hit him in the pocket this season.
The TalkSPORT pundit was the subject of a recent Wor Flags display, with his pre-takeover comments being displayed in the Gallowgate.
Shortly before the deal was approved by the Premier League, Jordan went on record to say that Amanda Staveley’s takeover was ‘deader than a dead thing from dead land‘. Then it was approved, and Jordan looked rather foolish.
Newcastle have been fantastic ever since, avoiding relegation last season against the odds. Now Eddie Howe’s side are looking up, and find themselves competing for a place in Europe.
After 13 games, the Magpies are fourth in the table. They’ve only lost once – and that was the controversial defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Newcastle have been exceptional in every department over the past 12 months. Recruitment has been spot on, while original players have gotten better. And it is all culminating in the club challenging for a place in a European competition.
It is quite remarkable, and could lose Jordan a bet with fellow TalkSPORT host Jim White.
Why Simon Jordan now thinks he might be wrong about Newcastle
At the beginning of the season, Jordan bet White £1000 that Newcastle wouldn’t finish in the top six.
That currently looks like it could actually happen, meaning the former Crystal Palace owner could be forced to eat his words.
“I do think that my bet is on shaky ground,” he told TalkSPORT.
“I didn’t legislate for Liverpool to be as poor as they are. I didn’t legislate for some of the other teams that I thought might be competing up the league not doing it either. But we are so early in the season.”
Jordan then added: “I think my bet is shaky.
“I think there’s a good possibility with the way that this Premier League is shaping up, unless certain people buck their ideas up, that I’m going to be ponying up a £1000.”
While Newcastle are doing very well, we have been boosted by other teams failing to step up. Liverpool are having a shocking season, while the likes of West Ham and Leicester are nowhere near the top seven.
It has created a real opportunity for Howe, and he and is club are grabbing it with both hands. A perfect storm could very well culminate in Newcastle qualifying for Europe. However, it is still very early days. There is still a long way to go this season.
But Jordan’s £1000 is suddenly looking a lot more at risk than it did a few months ago.