Newcastle Players Starting To Worry About Relegation

Sebastien Bassong, probably Newcastle’s best player this season, has revealed this morning to the Newcastle Journal, that a number of Newcastle players are now starting to worry about relegation.


Sebastien Bassong – players starting to worry about the drop

That’s hardly good news, with still a good 10 games to go to the end of the season, and it’s not something to dwell on, although they are just human like the rest of us.

Sebastien said:

“We’re very disappointed with the result against Manchester United because I think we deserved at least a draw,” “But that is football and we have to accept it.”

“We’ve lost again, like we did at Bolton and the table does not look very good. We are going to have to work very hard to get out of this trouble. The players are starting to worry about relegation.”

“ It’s going to be a hard end to the season, but we have to be brave and give it our maximum to stay in the Premier League.”

“If we play like we did against Manchester United in our remaining games we will be safe, there is no reason why we wouldn’t be if we play like that because we will get good results.”

“However, if we don’t deserve to stay up we won’t, if we don’t play well, we will go down, that is simple. I had a similar experience with Metz last season so I know all about the situation we are in.”

“I know what we have to do and how we have to do it. Newcastle is a much bigger club and this is a bigger championship, but it’s the same problem.”

Bassong last season was in the Metz side that was relegated and he obviously doesn’t want to have two successiveve seasons of relegation, especially the way this lad has been playing this season, which has been outstanding for one new to the Premier League and still so young.

As we mentioned yesterday this player cost us just £500K to sign him, so it proves with a good scouring system it doesn’t have to take a fortune to put together a decent team. Indeed our signings of the last two transfer windows have been good, since we have 7 first teamers we’ve signed in that time in   Bassong, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Nolan and Ryan Taylor, and all for around £21M.

If Newcastle do get relegated Bassong will stay at the club, because right now he is on the lowest wage of any player who is a starter for the club, although even if we go down, that wage will be increased before next season.

We don’t even like to think about relegation and neither will the players, because for a lot of them it will mean looking for a new club in the summer, because Newcastle will just not be able to pay their wages, given the loss of the Premier League revenues.

But with players like Bassong at the club, we still have to be in with a fighting chance of surviving this season, although it looks it will go right down to the wire – which is hardly good for the old nerves.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Imagine Ed left the “KK signed me” statement for a later blog – thatll be interesting lol!

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Just to try and get the baneter going I posted this on another thread this morning.

    Ive just comiled a list looking at first teamers in and out under Ashleys tenure, I have advocated that the squad has improved.

    I totally accept my view is subjective and dont hold it as proof definitive however makes interesting reading.

    Here I list the players what position they play, marks out of 10 for their average performance and/or potential.

    Jun-07 David Rozenhal DEF 6
    Jul-07 Geremi DEF 6
    Aug-07 Cacapa DEF 6
    Aug-07 Jose Enrique DEF 8
    Aug-07 Abdoulaye Faye DEF 7
    Aug-07 Habib Beye DEF 9
    Jul-08 Sebastien Bassong DEF 9
    Aug-08 Fabricio Coloccini DEF 8
    Jun-07 Mark Viduka FWD 7
    Aug-07 Alan Smith FWD 6
    Sep-08 Francisco Jiminez Tejada “Xisco” FWD 7
    Jan-09 Peter Lovenkrands FWD 7
    Jun-07 Joey Barton MID 7
    Jul-08 Jonas Gutierrez MID 8
    Sep-08 Ignacio “Nacho” Gonzalez MID 7
    Jan-09 Kevin Nolan MID 7
    Feb-09 Ryan Taylor MID 7

    Total 122
    Player Ave In 7.18 out of 10 per player.

    For players going out I have rated them out of 10 at the time they were sold.
    May-07 Olivier Bernard DEF 4
    May-07 Titus Bramble DEF 7
    May-07 Craig Moore DEF 6
    Aug-07 Paul Huntington DEF 5
    Dec-07 Celestine Babayaro DEF 4
    May-08 Stephen Carr DEF 4
    May-08 Peter Ramage DEF 5
    Jun-08 David Rozehnal DEF 6
    Aug-08 Abdoulaye Faye DEF 7
    Jun-07 Antoine Sibierski FWD 7
    Jun-07 Scott Parker MID 7
    Aug-07 Kieron Dyer MID 8
    Aug-07 Nolberto Solano MID 8
    Aug-07 Albert Luque MID 6
    Jul-08 Emre MID 7
    Aug-08 James Milner MID 7
    Feb-09 Charles N’Zogbia MID 7
    Feb-09 Shay Given GOAL 9
    Player Ave Out 5.8 out of 10.

    From the above virtaully every player in when fit is knocking on the door of the first team – though Xisco and Cacapa could be argued.

    Of those out I have 10 as first teamers.

    Rozenhal and Faye in and out cancel themselves out, so I have estimated we now have 14 first teamers coming in with a higher average rating throughout the whole squad and 9 first teamers out with an average rating of all players out at 5.83.

    So the argument about Ashley not strengthening in terms of quality and numbers seems baseless. Therefore it can only be the amount of money spent that people can object to.

    But the fundamentals seems fine to me – what do you rekon?

  • Stuart79

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3


    Refer to my comment on your previous thread.

    You’ve been very generous on a few of the players!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    West ham going into administration today! Surely a points deduction and relegation to follow!

  • Stuart79

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5


    I heard the clubs owner was having a meeting with administrators regarding his other business interests.

    I can’t see WH going down this route. Could cost them their PL status

  • bennytoon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    stuart79- A few of my customers who work for the papers have emailed and said theyve had it.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Well here’s hoping.

    If that happens they will surely go down. Morale would be rock bottom.

    Although I thought they were in talks with five consortiums re buy outs!

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Stuart – responded there fella – Benny is that confirmed?

  • bennytoon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    stardust- only going from friends in the media who i assume will be running the stories tomorrow. I cant see anything online. Maybe take with a pinch of salt at the moment. Hope its true though.

  • workyticket

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    bennytoon // Mar 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    “West ham going into administration today! Surely a points deduction and relegation to follow!”

    Benny, West Ham are in a bit of bother because of their Chairman’s ties to Landsbanki in Iceland, but they won’t be going into admin today.

  • hitman

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    even if they did,they only get deducted 10 points i think,so if true that would put them on 29,still above us like.

  • workyticket

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Even if their Chairman doesn’t get an extension on paying back his creditors, the club won’t be affected at this stage.

  • workyticket

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Even one of their creditors say that. I checked it out because I’m a desperate Toon fan!

  • workyticket

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, I meant the Chairman’s creditors.

  • komfort

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    ed , they should be worried 6 points from the the last ten games a repeat of that and down the tubes we go , we need to get the small chap (owen) on the the field and doing what he does best, that would pull us out the ertha kitt for sure !!

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Komfort – IF Owne plays (I thought Martins Loven looked very potent and quick the other night) he has to stop feeling sorry for himself.

    He really lost the edge post his “I will wait till the end of the season to decide” I dont have a problem with his statement but he should be able to disassociate himself from the feelings of it and produce on the pitch.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Very well argued, Stardust – and a good way to take a step back and see what’s actually happened to the squad through all the turbulence.

    I think it just leaves some things wanting:

    1. While good progress, it’s still not enough, as shown by our current position. Steady progress is good, but we needed rapid progress and we’re still too thin.

    2. Good players is one thing; recruiting to a strategy that matches how the manager wants the team to play is another. A DOF makes that improbable. Lots of managers makes it impossible.

    3. If there’s one thing Allerdyce did right it was getting our injuries down. We need to get his conditioning staff and regime back in place, and quickly.

  • komfort

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #18

    stardust , i dont think its just owen feeling sorry for himself i think a few others fall into this category and laeves us unable to compete to our full potential in every game you could point the finger at our current manager and ask has he got what it takes to get the best out of them ? , thats a big question mark by the way.

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19


    2. Good players is one thing; recruiting to a strategy that matches how the manager wants the team to play is another. A DOF makes that improbable. Lots of managers makes it impossible.

    I actually believe this is the best system “Provided” the right appointments are made – i.e. two men who work as a team not two men with their own ideas and agendas.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Keegan signed the lad. Llambias denied it. Those are facts. Like them or not.
    If you want to go on being an apologist for Ashley’s mob, please don’t waste this blog’s time and space doing it. Roll up your agenda and stick it where it won’t cause offence.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #22


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