Bob Moncur has spoken out at what the Newcastle players need to do, and they certainly don’t get any sympathy from Moncur, which is what we’d expect from a born leader like Moncur.
David Craig, Bob Moncur and Iam McFaul – never surrendered in games
Pity we don’t have any born leaders in the current Newcastle United side.
Bobby Moncur told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe time has come for players to switch off their iPods and concentrate on keeping this great club in the Premier League.â€ â€œI am concerned, of course I am.â€
â€œLetâ€™s face facts â€“ the future of our Premier League status is in our own hands, but itâ€™s up to the players.â€
â€œThe run of no wins since December 15 going into the crunch March period is worrying.â€ â€œAnd letâ€™s be honest, if they donâ€™t beat Fulham, Reading and Sunderland then they deserve to go down.â€
â€œThis is a serious slump for United, but at Anfield it all seemed to be going to plan.” â€œKevin went there to get a point and, up until the fluke goal for Jermaine Pennant, I think that was going OK.â€
â€œAfter that it rocked the teamâ€™s fragile confidence.â€ â€œNewcastle didnâ€™t really threaten, which is worrying.â€
â€œI was looking round at Anfield at a time when we needed some leaders â€“ and there werenâ€™t any.â€ â€œI know Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt were doing their best, but there was no-one there to boss things.â€
â€œWhat they need is somebody to wake them up.â€ â€œThere is no longer a player like Alan Shearer or Rob Lee who can get the team rattled enough to win games during a tough period.â€
â€œItâ€™s all right saying it, but talk is cheap and what they need now is to switch off the iPods, stop worrying about contracts and get the team out of the relegation zone.â€
â€œOnly then can we start to think about a bright future under Mike Ashley, Chris Mort and Kevin Keegan.â€
We agree with Moncur 100%.
It’s just a pity that Bobby couldn’t take the field with this lot, and put a fire under their back ends – because that’s what they need. The only problem with that would be that Bobby would fell some of them for their lack of effort.
We are not big fans of mollycoddling the players – they get far too much of that – that’s why they are so spoiled, ad find it hard to produce when the chips are down.
They need to stand up, be counted and be men on the field, and if they are not willing to do that they should let Kevin know, and he he’ll leave them out of the side.
Much better to not play at all, than turn up and then wave the white flag when things get tough, which is what they’ve done for far too many games this season.