Today, the newly-formed Newcastle United Supporters Club, set up in the wake of Kevin Keegan’s controversial St James’s Park exit, issued a statement outlining their feelings.
Mike Ashley – 11 days left to bolster the squad
Spokesman Michael Ord said today:
“Anyone who had any doubts regarding the parlous state of Newcastle United only had to watch the farcical second half at Ewood Park on January 17, then glance at the league table, to see that the chickens are well and truly home to roost.”
“While other clubs act to improve their squad and pick up points, Newcastle – with just one point from the last four league games – are proving long on talk from the manager and short on action.”
“While the playing staff are stretched to the limit, the supporters are perhaps beyond that – fractious arguments between sections of traveling fans at Hull and Blackburn are bad signs, yet almost understandable in the current situation.”
The Supporters Club was formed after Kevin Keegan walked out on the club in early September, and of course we lost 5 consecutive games after that.
Mr Ord added:
“Ludicrously, we are still the only visiting side to get a point at Old Trafford this season, and that, placed in the context of our current plight shows the harm done in late August.“
“This window closes in two weeks time. We may have enough time to bring in the players we need.”
“We may have enough cash being made available to the manager to do it, we may hold on to our best players through this window.”
“One thing for sure; if we don’t we will be looking at relegation in May.”
“How on earth have we been turned into this relegation-haunted laughing stock?”
We think the Newcastle Supporters need to be very careful in what they say and do. Yes – we know they have the good of the club at heart, there’s no doubt about that.
On the one hand we are all hoping for new players coming in during the next 11 days, but what happens if we don’t get everybody we need?
We’d like the supporters to support the team through May, no matter what, and let us try to keep the lads afloat and the club in the Premier League, through May.
But any fans’ revolt could have a negative impact on the players, when they need the fans’ support more than ever.
It’s going to be very tricky, but of course we all have to hope that the Board will come through for the fans, because there have been enough warnings and they’ve had 4 months to see that the squad is neither big enough, nor good enough to stay up.