We have a couple of difficult home games coming up at St. James’ Park in the next 4 days, and no clear signs that a manager will be appointed in the very near future.
Nigel Pearson – in charge again tonight against Stoke
Sam Allardyce paid the price for an under-performing Newcastle team this season by losing his job when he was dismissed last Wednesday afternoon. The dismissal, although called for by a contingent of Newcastle fans, was still unexpected, since it came at such an unfortunate time.
So Sam paid dearly for not having a winning side on the field. But the Newcastle players have to also take responsibility for this season, which has been another hopeless one so far for the Newcastle faithful.
Talk for a top 6 finish with a new Owner, new Chairman and new Manager shouldn’t have been too far off the mark last August, but that’s the way it’s turning out.
The Newcastle players get paid huge wages for plying their trade on the football pitch, and few of them have earned their wages this season, that’s for sure. They should shape up or be shipped out in the summer.
Tonight should be looked on by them all as a chance to earn their money, like the rest of is do in this life. They really need to turn in a 100% committed performance for the full 90 minutes against Stoke, and not just for the first half as they did last Saturday against Manchester United. We went down to our worst Premier League defeat ever – in that game and Stoke City must fancy their chances tonight.
It’s up to the players to live up their reputations, and show both skill and commitment against a good Stoke City side, whose players aren’t getting anywhere near the wages our players receive.
All the Newcastle players need to stand up and be counted, and be fully committed to put in a performance tonight of both skill and effort.
Those who not willing or able to do that – please don’t bother turning up.