It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Mike Ashley picked a bad time to announce he was staying on as owner of Newcastle United.
Joe Kinnear – still has lots of work to do at Newcastle
First of all the announcement interfered with the honor being attributed to the great Sir Bobby Robson, and that had the Newcastle United Supporters Club organization upset, and putting out a statement saying so.
And then of course we were completely and utterly outplayed by a wonderful Liverpool side, who left some of their best players on the sideline – as if to rub in their total domination.
It’s unusual for a Joe Kinnear team to get taken to the cleaners, which is what happened yesterday, and before that the worst we have suffered under Kinnear were just single goal defeats, and we were in every single game – until yesterday. Against Liverpool we blew that record apart, as well as suffering our first defeat at St. James’ Park under Joe.
The team Liverpool has built up under Spaniard Rafael Benitez , must be our goal, and for that we need more stability at the club, and certainly more team-work between the owner, the Board and Joe Kinnear, who seems to know what needs to be done, or at least he has a good idea.
On the positive side, it helps to know exactly where we stand as a team (nowhere) so we can take stock and build up the side, and make some positive moves in that direction in January, and then again in the summer transfer markets.
Yes the team is getting a lot of criticism today from the fans, and that’s human nature.
But when we win we think we’re better than we really are, and when get defeated we think we are worse than we really are, and the truth lies somewhere in between.
After the two successive wins things were humming, and then after two successive defeats things are back to doom and gloom.
But we were a little shocked yesterday, because the team we had out was fairly strong we thought, and yet the defeat was almost an annihilation.
On the positive side Given was world class again, Edgar had a decent outing but gave away a silly penalty and Guthrie played his heat out in the second half. But we were nowhere near Liverpool in terms of class, skill and general play as a team. We were in fact lucky to get away with the score at just 5-1.
We have a long long long way to do, and lets still support Joe, as he does his best this season to rehabilitate the squad, and then we’ll see what needs to be done in the summer.
But calls for another manager right now, is why we are in this mess in the first place.
We’ve already had Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and Kinnear in the last 18 months, and another manager will not be the answer, that’s for sure. No, Joe can take us forward quite a ways from where we are right now, so let’s get behind him, and lend him our full support.
We’re not as bad as we looked yesterday.