Newcastle Players Must Shape Up Tonight

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • rlw

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #1

    If we dont win the toon supporters will be dissoponted cos it is probly more important then the prem but the way we played in 2nd half against man u then we will have a tough job to win against stoke.

  • Toon_boy

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Spot on Ed, got no time for slackers, they need to get out there and do the job.hopefully without smith and butt we shall see some attacking PASSING football if its emre and zog in the centre. Also i hope that pearson does what he thinks and doesnt follow BSA’s tactics of finding out how to stop the opponent before attacking. If we attack then there isnt the same need to look at ways to stop them as we will be winning. Please many this game be the start of many goal filled games which will be carried on by whoever is appoointed as manager!! Good luck lads, and lets get behind them!!!

  • Scott

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    with the players we have available at the moment would like to see this team 442:

    Carr(hate him though, need a new right back to compete with beye)
    Edgar (why not give him a chance? looked good last season)

    Subs: Harper, Rozehnal/Cacapa, Ameobi?,Carroll, Lua Lua

    give the youngsters a chance in the second half maybe but i wouldnt risk putting them all in together after all this is the only thing left for us to play for this season (again). at the moment i think thats our best squad apart from carr and maybe edgar but cacapa and rozehnal aint been gr8 recently so maybe we should try somthing else. carr or taylor at right back if taylor goes to right back rozehnal or cacapa in with edgar.

  • Bill f

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d like to see Carroll instead of Viduka playing, a bit of height and muscle will probably be more effective against Stoke. Might just provide some openings for Michael.

  • adam

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #5

    who cares about the fa cup this season. realistically we dont have a hope of winning it, we do have arsenal away when we beat stoke. im more worried about the prem because we NEED to beat teams at home because we have been crap and are falling quickly down the table

  • Scott

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #6

    true viduka has looked rather slow and lethargic in the last few games. saw carroll on tuesday for the reserves and he can hold the ball up well. think pearson will probably play viduka and probably wont play edgar either but there you go. and yes i agree with you a mean we are only 6 points off relegation at the moment bolton will be an important game.

  • Toon_boy

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Have a read at this everyone!!This shows the passion that Newcastle is all about.

    So when we get a new manager in. . .and if he looks to at least be trying to play the football we crave then lets get 52,000 roaring voices behind him every game. I have a feeling that this could all be the start of something very successful if we get the right man in.(getting strangely optimistic)

  • Scott

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    well to be honest that sums up completely what ive been feeling since fat sam left. if you are a supporter of newcastle and you watch all their games then you will know exactly why we didnt like him and will know exactly why he was sacked. if you dont do them two things then they should keep their mouths shut. all these managers saying its a disgrace he left well what do they know they dont support the toon or come from up here. ive said it all along im prepared to give a manager time .. but only a manager who plays football the right way and where we can see the club is moving forwards not necessarily quickly but slowly and steadily will do.

  • Toon_boy

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Happy u agree scott. . .thats 2 of us pushing for the right thing. ED have a read at it. . .maybe you could make an article out of it cos it really does explain our whole situation and might get a few people back on board getting posotive towards the future again.just a thought!

  • Bill f

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Well John Gibson is definately a superhero in my eyes, this should be printed and handed out to every Fan on match day. I think it’s what we have all been saying in our own way but he has encapsulated it beautifully.

  • Greg

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Carrol couldnt cut it at preston how is he supposed to cut it here, he was given a chance to prove himself and failed, stick him back out on loan.

  • John League

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d rather see Ameobi paired with Owen than Viduka, who always seems to be in MO’s way when they’re on the pitch at the same time. But definitely Emre and N’Zogbia in the middle with Milner and Duff wide. And NO SMITH this time, thank God.

  • roscoe

    Jan 16, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Howay John Gibson!!!!!!!!

    What a great thing to wake up to!!
    Makes my black and white blood rush again!!

    That sums up us geordies perfectly!!!

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 16, 2008 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Pearson has his work cut out to lift the players after the Man Utd on-slaught. The players need to stand up and be counted and ensure we beat Stoke today.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Tozer Taylor Rozenhal Enrique
    Milner Lua Lua Nzogbia Duff
    Owen Carroll

  • Eamonn

    Jan 16, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed, use our full club name every now and again or better still the last half! Over here in Dublin everyone and his dog is a ManUre supporter and it’s United this United that.. I even had one such person ask me if I’d seen the Newcastle, “united” match last weekend. I told him I try to see as many Newcastle United matches as possible! So please Ed make a stand against this Red brainwashing , we are Newcastle United, or just plain United if you want .After all there’s only one United from a Geordie point of view.

  • AdamCF

    Jan 16, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    No spot for Troisi there James?

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    AdamCF – He’d be on the subs bench as a second half impact player when we’ve grown tired of Milner not crossing the ball.

  • Scott

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    troisi is on trial with a dutch club isnt he?


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