Newcastle supporters are stunned tonight that a team 5 points beneath us in the league, and of course managed by our former boss Sam Allardyce, could presumably take us apart in the second half at Ewood Park this afternoon.
Joe Kinnear – didn’t see this result coming
If Joe doesn’t know it yet, he will soon find out that Newcastle fans are impatient for success, really impatient for success, and are unwilling to be told that success is just around the corner.
That’s what’s been said to the fans ever since the great Bobby Robson was sacked by the club, and Newcastle seems to be sinking fast under Mike Ashley. Things are always going to be better some short time in the future.
We were told there will be new players coming in to bolster a far too small a squad decimated by injuries, but it’s now over half way through the transfer window and not one player has been signed and not one player has been sold.
But Joe has tried to calm Newcastle fans’ fears after this calamitous result:
“We dominated the first half, we created chances and I am bitterly disappointed with the decision but these things go against you,”
“You know as well as I do, the turning point was definitely the penalty, whether it was a penalty or not I am not sure .”
“But I think that it is the third one the same referee (Rob Styles) has given against us this season.”
“I could never see that result coming. But having said that, after the penalty, I thought we went a little bit ragged, everybody was upset on the pitch and off it.”
“Instead of keeping our concentration and getting on with the game, I think we started pushing forward, leaving gaps at the back.”
Joe added that he was disappointed for the incredible supporters – there were over 4500 of the Newcastle faithful at Ewood Park this afternoon – and he expressed disappointment for those who had come in their thousands:
“Nothing has changed as far as I am concerned – I said when I took over the club we are fighting a relegation battle and that is exactly what we are doing,”
“It is up to us to get ourselves out of this position that we are in. As I said when I came, the first game I saw was against Blackburn and at that particular time they were nine points ahead of us.”
“Thankfully we are now two points ahead of them still but nevertheless it is a bitter pill to swallow, I am disappointed for the supporters immensely, my heart goes out to them,”
“It has been a poor day for all of us, but the penalty was definitely the turning point.” “At the moment I know I am playing players half-fit and I know I shouldn’t be doing that.”
“But I am and I am chopping and changing, I am trying to do the best I possibly can and get so much time out of those players.”
“But each time I put them on, I know that I am going to lose them for the following week so it really is a very difficult and tiring time for me.”
“I know we can be a lot better than we have, I know the team’s capable of beating teams and I know that we are going to stay up – so I can get that message across to the fans.”
“But obviously they are frustrated – they are fantastic fans, they are crying out for success and at the moment.”
“We are playing survival football and we are doing nothing more than that and obviously they expect more than that so I am aware of that and I am as sick as they are.”
There will be some gloom and doom on Tyneside this week, how could there not be, as supporters start to understand that we have a more than decent chance of being relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever.
Newcastle must press forward and Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise and Derek Llambias must get some new players through the door in January. It’s much harder to get good new players in, when you play in the Championship.
And if the team gets relegated, then the price of the famous Newcastle United club will drop by half – at least – and the Board and Mike Ashley have to understand what that means – at least in money terms.
The Board needs to fix things, and fix them quickly – that’s the job of the Board and they’ve absent without leave for far too long.