Newcastle Win Likely against Watford

Newcastle play their last game of what has been a season to forget – no question there.

We actually have a similar game to Sunderland’s last game – away to the bottom of the league side.

Sunderland blasted Luton Town 5-0 and while we wouldn’t expect that score – we feel there is a very good chance that Newcastle will win.


Nigel Pearson – in Charge at Watford

Newcastle are currently on 42 points and our worst points total ever (in Premiership) has been 44 points – in the 2004-2005 (Souness)and 1997-1998 seasons (Dalglish).

So in order for this not to be the worst season ever in the Premiership – we need a win – so there’s another good incentives to win tomorrow.

  1. We need a win so it’s not worst Premiership season ever.
  2. Big Sam will be watching and our players will want to impress to secure their Newcastle futures

Nigel Pearson, who will be in charge of the team with Lee Clark and Terry McDermott said yesterday:

“There is always going to be speculation. We are aware of the names that are being mentioned, but that is totally out of our control – both the staff and the players. “The most important thing is that we concentrate on what we can actually affect, and that is the game on Sunday.
“Outside of that, as far as I am concerned, there is no point me sitting here and talking about the speculation because until something happens, there is no mileage in doing that.”

We’ve beaten Watford twice this season – both home and away.
The away game was on 7th November in the League cup when we drew 2-2 after extra time – and then scraped through 5-4 on penalties.
In our home league game with them we won 2-1 on 16th December.

So it’s set up for us to make it a third defeat tomorrow.

One point we need to bring up – however reluctantly.

This could be Michael Owen’s last game for Newcastle and we were a little dismayed to read in Alan Oliver’s column in the Evening Chronicle today that he believes Owen may well be gone come August.

Alan Oliver’s last line of his piece today on Sam’s presumed ₤12M deal over four years at Newcastle (a good read) was the following:

And I have to say there is a fair chance that Owen will not be a United player come the start of the season.

As we know Alan Oliver has a line into Freddy Shepherd – so we have to assume Shepherd is not too confident about Michael being here next season.

As we’ve said before IF (and only if) that becomes true – we advise Michael Owen never to show his face in Newcastle again.

Comments – as always – are welcome.

8 comments so far

  • W

    May 12, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Watford will be more motivated to end their season on a high than us. They won their match against Reading 2-0 whereas we lost 1-0. Bouazza to score.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 12, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Not sure that Newcastle will win that easily…or at all. Away game, etc etc.

  • Martin N

    May 12, 2007 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #3

    This comment is about Michael Owen, I think the happenings in the last week have been a definate attempt by the club to show that WHEN he leaves (not if) it is all his doing and not the clubs. I think the fact that he hasn’t said anything publicy is a clear indicator that he is off and just doesn’t give a damn about the feelings of the people who have paid for his £9,000,000 in wages.
    If you look back at when he was a Liverpool player, their supporters used to complain that he would back off in the couple of games before England internationals. To me that just shows what sort of bloke he is. He just doesn’t care as long as he gets to do what he wants.
    People talk about the money the club wasted on players like Boumsong, just look at how much Owen has cost us, £17m on a transfer fee that has become £9m in just two years, so there is a £8m loss, then there is £9m in wages for 13 appearances. So thats a total of 17m down the drain.
    So in conclusion, we don’t need that sort of person at the club. We should get rid of the money grabber and spend the £9 million on someone like Dean Ashton. We’ve got Owens pace covered by Martins, now we just need a big bloke who not only knows how to score, but has the physical presence in oppositions box.
    One thing is for sure when Owen does leave he will never be welcome back in Newcastle!!

  • W

    May 12, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #4

    These past few weeks have made me realize how much waffle is written in the english press. They take liberty in writing up everything playing on the hopes of the people who read them without thinking of credibility. They stand to lose nothing from that but to gain instead.

    Anways, now our Club has made another man a millionaire, i hope he makes me feel like one by winning week in and week out. I wonder if there are clauses in his contract for bonuses if he wins the premiership 🙂 or wins the any of the nice 🙂 silverware out there. And, I also wonder if the players have that in their personal contracts, i’ve heard Chelsea have those kind of terms.

    Clubs that perennially hog the mid table of the premiership usually have terms in their contracts that state bonuses will be awarded once the team obtains a certain number of points during the season. And what has been a notable occurrence is that performances usually tail off after achieving those points and the winning momentum suffers, this was the general occurrence of Curbishley’s Charlton.

    This shows how significant and important such terms are. You could have any manager in the world you name it but laws of economics govern people’s behavior- do the minimum for the maximum returns they obtain the greatest welfare, well assuming some stuff away.

    Ever since the late mid 90s i wonder if the player’s contracts have changed somehow with the multiple change of regimes causing our perennial under achievement in our eyes but from the players’ point of view they’ve done their job?

    Martins scores three goals at Watford, expect him to buy a new car at Newcastle’s local Range Rover dealership. 🙂 I truly believe this is the case, he’s quoting his contract, 20 goals more $$.

    Big Sam to put a firm grip on owen and every single player who doesn’t perform. Howay big sam!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 13, 2007 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Martin – couldn’t agree with you more.
    But it’s still hard for us to believe he will do this.,,,ethically it’s just so bad.
    He’s injured all his time here and once the club puts him write he leaves!
    It will be the biggest slap in the face ever for the club….but you are so right – we don’t need people like that at our club.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 13, 2007 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #6

    W – good comment – there’s a lot wrong with the way football is run in England – the rich get richer – and long term it means we will have 3-4 clubs and everybody else is a non-starter. It’s almost like that now.
    That’s been said before I know – we will probably run a piece on this site on this – the American system is the opposite – the bottom teams get the most renumeration – to keep things competitive.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 13, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I guess we were wrong about the win….

  • Ahmed Bilal

    May 14, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #8


    not a laughing matter though, but at least this season is over and now newcastle have the chance to rebuild. They didn’t do too bad in Europe except for one game and if they can get the sort of discipline in that avoids those blunders, it’ll be a good start.


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