Milner – Things Not As Bad As Fans Think

Having heard the angry chants at the JJB, winger James Milner has urged his team-mates to make the fans change their tune, and seems to make a good point that things aren’t quite as bad as fans may think.


James Milner – things not as bad as fans think

And while James acknowledged the fans’ right to protest, the young 21-year-old argued the picture was not as bad as some are making out. James spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“The fans are frustrated and we’re frustrated as well,” “The fans have every right to say what they think. Football’s all about opinions and we know at this moment in time we’re not where we want to be.”

“Boxing Day was nowhere near good enough but we have to make sure we improve on that and hopefully all stick together. It’s down to us to make sure the fans are singing different songs in the next few games.”

Milner called for patience from the fans. How many times have we heard that this season, and stressed Newcastle’s problems are a matter of interpretation, and James seems to have a good point:

“The league table’s very tight,” “It always seems to be doom and gloom around Newcastle but if you look at the table we’re not far behind the pack chasing for Europe.”

“People say Portsmouth are having a fantastic season, Blackburn are having a good season, but we’re right in there with both those teams.”

“When there’s a lot of changes at a club things aren’t going to happen overnight and that’s not making excuses. The manager’s going to bring in his own players and play his own way.”

“But we need to get some consistency and hopefully over the season we’ll keep improving and move in the right direction.”

Newcastle United, even though we have just one point from our last two games, are currently in 11th place in the league and just five points behind Portsmouth and one point behind Blackburn.  The Lancashire side gained a creditable draw at Manchester City last night (2-2). Newcastle are now 7 points off sixth place, which normally brings UEFA Cup qualification.

The points are being shared around more this season and if we can get our act together quickly, we could still do well this season. But having just thrown 5 points away the Newcastle fans quite rightly are a little upset at the team’s performances at the moment.

If we could have taken 6 points off Derby County and Wigan Athletic we’d have been in 8th position just 2 points behind Everton in 6th place, so it’s certainly not all over yet this season.

There’s still hope. 😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    There’s still hope — thats all we have left (always).

  • Macas

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    The thing to remember is that we’ve played all our easy games already.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    7 points from the next 10 games

  • carl

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    yes hes right, leaugue position could be worse and we have a descent squad, but manager – wise, its pretty bad ,

  • carl

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    and yeah – macas, weve played our easy games, its down the table we go from now on

  • rob the geordie

    Dec 28, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    yea just look at our next few away games chelsea,man utd,arsenal,villa then liverpool with 5 games in between these at home man utd,blackburn and man city been 3 of them,lets see where we are come start of march,playing the way we are right now and playing against those lot iv just mentioned i dread to think

  • steve

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    macas right – we’ve had our easiest fixtures already.
    We’re in a false position and if people are comparing us to Blackburn or Portsmouth they are sadly mistaken, they at least look like they are trying and are competing and capable of beating any of the top sides on thier day ( and both thrashed us)
    We are currently playing the worst football I’ve seen in my 40 years of supporting the toon and to look worse than the current relegation strugglers takes some doing.
    We’ve rarely looked good this season and most often looked clueless (especially the last six or seven games with the exception of arsenal game).
    I can’t see Sam getting the sack this season as we’ll end up gaining a point somewhere or other that’ll be just enough to keep Sam where he is.
    Ashley / Mort are more concerned with getting the level of debt down which is a good thing for the long term future of the club.
    It would cost an awful lot to get rid of Sam, his back room staff not forgetting the crap players he’s bought at a cost of 20 million plus.
    I’ve already written this season off and expect maybe 3 points from the next ten games and a cup exit from Stoke

  • adam

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree. our hard games are coming up and we are going down the table. with sam im worried till the day we get 40 points and are safe from relegation.

    of course milner is going to say that, i would be surprised if he said otherwise. players always fancy themselves for the next game, just look at derby and wigan.

  • UTD111

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    We beat Everton comfortably earlier in the season, but the team now is playing with much less confidence. Still, the one thing you can always predict about United is they are unpredictable! Theyre daft enough to go to Manure and win!

  • Graham

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Mr Milner,

    We still have to play man utd twice, Liverpool away, Chelsea twice, Arsenal away, Tottenham away, Man City, Porstmouth away but to name a few. And I dont see too many points out of those games.

    IF we had taken more points against the likes of Derby (twice), Wigan, Reading and the likes I would agree that things aren’t too bad given the changes this year. But we’re only 12 points better off than the Mackems and they are 2nd bottom!

    So no James Milner, things ARE as bad as they seem – and i can’t see them getting much better over the next 10 games – out of which i can see 5-7 points out of 30. That will give us 33 points max out of 28 games with 5 very difficult away games still to play after that.

    Things don’t look so rosy do they…?

  • Black Caesar

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    6 months is enough time for Allardyce to show his worth at Newcastle.

    In 5 or so months Errikson has done wonders at Man City and look at Ramos and what he’s done for Spurs? He’s gone in there and made an instant impact without even bringing in a single player!!!!!!

    No nonsense excuses about needing time

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    steve, you are wrong about the crap players sam has bought. one or two are ok mate. smith is good thats for sure. beye is good too. as for the 20 mill you mention – where do you get that from exactly cos by time you tot up what he has sold against what he has bought it works out not that much at all.
    what i would be interested in knowing is 1. how many goals have we let in this season compared to last and also the points tally against last season too. Ed – throw some comparison stats for this season against last pls. as for the fixtures, i think you can not say we have had the easiest games already etc. the reason for this being that we normally do better against the so called higher teams than the shit ones at the bottom. i think we will finish around tenth this season which is about right under the circumstances. also, i rememeber many many times over the past few seasons where we have been right in relegation fights, lets be honest, we have not been in that situation once this season and we can be pretty safe in saying its not going to happen either. this season always was about getting the team together both on and off the pitch and getting a stable footy club. no more of the freddy shep boom and bust mentalitly. stability is key in everything.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    “6 months is enough time for Allardyce to show his worth at Newcastle.

    In 5 or so months Errikson has done wonders at Man City and look at Ramos and what he’s done for Spurs? He’s gone in there and made an instant impact without even bringing in a single player!!!!!!”

    i can’t believe the stupidity of this guy

  • Gordon Baxter

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Which planet are the players on they keep coming out with things like we must do better, we’ve let the fans down, the manager needs time etc etc. The players need to wake up and smell the coffee they are a disgrace not only to NUFC but themselves as well. The trouble is they are on such good contracts they have no incentive to do better they still get their Xgrand a week wether they play rubbish or not. Most of them will never have to worry about income or money again even if they finished playing tomorrow and I would suggest that some of them already have. They have no idea of the cost or sacrificies supporters make to follow Newcastle.

  • Black Caesar

    Dec 28, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Dragoner if you cant beat them with sensible arguments, turn to insults! That’s what you ve resorted to, but I ll rise above it lol.

    I will repeat it again – Allardyce is crap!!!!!!! His excuse is that He’s not been in the job long enough, well Eriksson has been at Man Cityfor a shorter period than him, and even shorter at Tottenham there is Ramos!!! I can go on and cite many more examples!!!

    Allardyce is not good enough so get rid and go for someone better! SIMPLE!

  • carl

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    smith good??/ you muppet.

  • steve

    Dec 28, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Craig – sorry mate, but smith is awful.
    Sam has spent over 20 million regardless of how he raised the money, selling good/half decent players and buying 2nd and 3rd rate players hardly smacks of intelligent transfer dealing.

    Smith is full of commitment but cant tackle and stand up which as a midfielder is surely a pre-requisite, nor can he score or ably assist as a striker. I like the lad but unfortunately he just aint good enough.

    Barton is here for the money and the fact that no one else would buy him, his play this season has been worse than useless, he needs 5 mins on the ball before he can decide what to do with it and usually gets it taken off him (anyways he’s in jail now so doesn’t matter regardless)

    Enrique could be good or maybe not, Sam won’t even play him so that probably shows Sams judgement of him, unfortunately if he’s not playing we’ll never find out if he’s any good so has to go down as a waste of money.

    Rozenhal started well but has been responsible for a number of glaring errors, a new Titus Bramble? Sam keeps dropping him for anyone else whos fit so again must go down as a waste of money.

    Geremi – terrible, named as captain then dropped as captain without being told by Sam, he’s definitley past it, I’m aware he was free but he is on high wages so therefore must go down as a waste of money

    Cacapa – squad player, worthwhile addition

    Viduka – great skill but not the sort of striker who’s going to pull us out of the mire, good free transfer and probably worth his wages

    Beye – Sams only class signing, looks great going forward, because of this can occasionaly be caught out of position due to our midfield not covering him when he does so.

    Faye – solid defender and a worthwhile addition

    Half the problem is the lack of a settled back four, Sam needs to realise that he needs to find out his best back four and stick with them, chopping and changing every game is a nonsense

    We desperately need to revamp our midfield which for me is where the majority of our problems are.

  • Obafan

    Dec 28, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Milner you are not in the position to talk about this situation. The only thing you need to do is working hard to improve your game, because in all the other teams who battle for Europe (we are supposed to be one of them) you would sit on the bench, cause you are not good enough.

    All the players need to work hard now to form a team, but no they prefer to talk about the situation and argue about the captain of the team. Is this how they will perform better??? I don’t think so.

    Milner what you need to do is:
    1. improve your game
    2. get a descent level which you can reach every game
    3. maybe then talk to the press about our team

  • Marguerite

    Dec 29, 2007 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Jimmy Milner, please understand, you can ill afford to be telling the fans that we have to be patient and suggesting things are not as bad as they seem, I strongly advise you watch the video nasties of our matches so far this season, then take a look at the fixture list for the remainder of the season, then take a reality check.

    Also young man a word of advice, stop talking to the press and go away and practice, as there are areas of your game which need to improve -crossing effectively being one of the most pressing areas.

    Steve (17) agree entirely with your summary of Sam’s signings.

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