Newcastle fans have gone through one of the worst years in the club’s history, and just when we were looking forward to a better year, we get some very bad news indeed, on just the second day of this new year. 🙁
Newcastle stalwart and hero Shay Given seems to have had enough of the club’s promises, and will now probably leave for pastures anew in January.
When you are managing good people, and it’s the same with footballers, the last thing you want to hear from them is that they have made the mental shift away from the company, or the football club in this case.
And for Shay to issue the statement like he did today, we think he’s mentally already half way out of the club.
We’d like to keep him at Newcastle but we think the club will take the money, as they did with James Milner, since Shay is now ready to move on with his career at some other club, with much more chance to get the success he deserves, and there’s not much that will stop him now.
This is a terrible indictment of where the future lies for Newcastle United Football Club, when our best players give up hope on the club.
That will also be true for Michael Owen in the summer, but we don’t think Shay will be around that long.
So what does the club do now?
With the new year starting in this way, and just when we had been assured that Joe will be given some money to buy some new good players, we start to lose our best players – the nightmare scenario may well have started.
We have Steve Harper who could step into the breach and of course we have two excellent young goalkeepers in Hexham born Fraser Forster and Dutch Under-21 star Tim Krul, and we had thought Tim would want to move on if he couldn’t get to be at least the back up at Newcastle very soon.
If Shay leaves, as we expect he will, Newcastle will probably recall Tim from Carlisle United, and at least they can have Harper as first team goalkeeper, but they may still want to bring in another experienced goalkeeper to challenge Steve for the position for a year or so.
But Harper showed last season he is more than capabale of being a top class Premier League goalkeeper, and as a local lad, he will not let the side down, that’s for sure.
The Given statement today is a condemnation of Mike Ashley’s running of our club, let’s make no mistake about that.
And it doesn’t auger well for the future, since it will be that much more difficult in January to get players to the club, when our best players are going in the opposite direction.
So what does the club do now?
We would suggest Ashley immediately bring back Chris Mort as Chairman of the club, and Mike could even keep Derek LLambias at Newcastle, because he’s completely invisible to Newcastle fans in any case.
This will also make it harder for Mike Ashley to come back to watch games at Newcastle, and we would suggest he puts that off for a month or two, and just hope that Joe Kinnear brings back some unlikely success to the club.
Then it may be safe for him to be seen again at St. James’ Park – and that’s still a may be – and it’s by no means certain.
The facts are when you have been completely incompetent in the running of the famous Newcastle United Football Club you should not expect to be welcomed back with open arms and a ticker-tape parade. Quite the contrary in fact.
And all this talk about rebuilding Newcastle?
We”ll believe it when we see it – because we’ve had enough of all this nonsense and incompetence from our club too.