Former Newcastle manager Jim Smith oversaw Newcastle’s relegation battle in 1989, which was a low point in Jim’s managerial career.
Jim Smith – things could be a lot worse
When Jim arrived at St James’ Park back in December of 1988, Newcastle’s position was worse than it is now, by far as we were bottom of Division One by some points. As Einstein says – it’s all relative.
Jim believes things could be a lot worse and he thinks that if Ashley will back Kinnear in the transfer market in the remaining 8 days (we had better get moving!) Newcastle could do fairly well before the end of the season.
Jim talked to the Sunday Sun:
“It does seem chaotic, to say the least,” “The fans must be really concerned about what’s going to happen. Will the club be sold?”
“Will it be developed, so it can progress in the right way?”“From afar, it looks to be in danger of imploding and that’s a worry for everybody.”
“Mind you, this sort of thing is in Newcastle’s history — nothing changes!”
“I’ve been in that position (relegation), I know what it could be like. I know what it means to the fans.”
“It was horrendous and I shared their pain — it is one of the biggest disappointments of my career. I knew it meant so much to them — it’s their life.”
“But we were in a worse position than Newcastle are now, well bottom and no money whatsoever.”
“So I’m still confident they’ll come through this and that the fans will help them through by sticking by the club and sticking by Joe.”
“I haven’t seen him in a few years. The last time I saw him we were on a flight to Spain — I bet he wishes he was there now!”
“When you’ve been out of the game for a long while it’s difficult to go back in at the sharp end, especially with the club in such a precarious position.”
“He’s got a proven track record, but he’s working with his hands tied. But he’s an experienced manager and I believe he can turn it around.”
“The one thing they’ve got in their favor is that it’s a tight situation, which gives them a chance.”
“But it’s got to be sorted if they are to get out of the position they’re in — there needs to be a plan, and continuity, from top to bottom.”
“Joe has to be left to get on with it. As it is, it looks like no one knows where they stand. But he needs amour too. There’s a week left of the transfer window — who’s in and who’s out?”
“What it needs is for Mike Ashley to make a total commitment to the club and go from there, or sell up — it has to be one or the other, or the next step could be really serious.”
Good words from Jim Smithy, as usual.
Just to clarify Jim”s point about it being close
- Newcastle are in 14th place and have 23 points from 22 games with a goal difference of -9.
- West Brom are bottom of the league with 21 points from 22 games and a goal difference of -14.
- Hull City are 9th top with 27 points from their 22 games and a goal difference of -13.
If we can have a good run-in, we could still finish in the top 10, and if we can do that – that would really be terrific given what we’ve all been through this season. 😀
Then next season will roll around …………….