It’s Do Or Die For Newcastle United This Season

Chris Hughton is well aware that the next 10 league games will be do or die for Newcastle United, as the Tyneside club tries to stave off relegation for the 3rd season in a row.


Newcastle’s coaching staff for the next 3 games – Chris and Colin

But we have to say we were surprised at the ability of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to get the players fired up for the Manchester United game, as the first 20 minutes was amazing as the Newcastle players seemed possessed.

We need a lot more of that “possession” against the weaker clubs, since we are going to have to find about 5 wins from somewhere, in our final 10 games  before the end of this season, to survive this time around.

So it was pleasing that Chris proved he can indeed inspire the players before a game, although we suspect that behind the scenes, Joe Kinnear was a little more  involved, over the telephone,  than his doctor would have liked, but we’ll keep quiet about that.

Chris talked about the relegation battle ahead of Newcastle:

“It leaves us in a fight at the wrong end of the table, and it’s going to be a fight that’s going to take us right through to the last weeks of the season.”

“But on the back of a very disappointing result last week [at Bolton], our main object was to be able to bounce back.”

“We could have bounced back in two ways: one, by getting a result, which was always going to be very difficult against a Manchester United team in such good form and with such choices; but the one thing we wanted to do was put on a spirited enough performance.”

“It was a very disappointed changing room. It was a changing room that put on a spirited enough performance to get something from the game, and everybody who saw the game would admit that.”

This is a great time for Newcastle players to stand up and be counted,  because at the end of the day if we can survive this season, surely the powers to be at the club – Mike Ashley – will ensure we have a much much bigger and better squad for next season.

If  Mike is indeed as passionate about Newcastle as he says he is, this relegation battle should be scaring the pants off him, just as it is most of the other Newcastle fans right now.

The next step up for Newcastle is not to be involved in a relegation fight next season – that’s how much we’ve descended since the great Bobby Robson left the club on 30th August of 2004.

And  just like at other tough times in life, the brave ones stand up and fight, and do better than they ever thought possible.  That’s what we need from our overpaid squad in the last 10 games, of what had been a disastrous season for Newcastle United’s ever faithful fans.

A really huge game for Newcastle is a week tomorrow at Hull City, and if we cannot win that one, more gloom and doom will descend on Tyneside, that’s almost a certainty.

So we need a win there, which will be only our second win (if we get it) in the last 11 league games, which is why we are in the mess we are, right now.

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30 comments so far

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Ummmm… Second?

    Either way, I’m starting to fear that we just don’t have either enough players with the bottle, nor the leadership/management to get us out of this. I don’t for one second doubt that Hull will fight all game every game. Can we say the same?

    I’m seriously scared that this season is it…

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2


  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    I was second. get in . wooohoo. high 5!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    If you lose to hull i will wet myself with excitement.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    The thing is though, we do have the players to make an impact, they’re just not performing. If we stay up this season, our first signing needs to be a decent new manager. Preferably the day after the end of the season.

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    When is joe kinnear back? I think we will be alright but we need to start beating teams around us and fast

  • komfort

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    ed , if we lose at hull all is not lost, mike parry might tip us to go down

  • stevep

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    bennytoon – sorry mate but you’re boring, I can’t really understand why you spend so much time on this site if you’re a spurs fan. I can only presume you spend the rest of your time on sites like facebook talking to your virtual friends

  • komfort

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #9

    ed, bennytoon is drunk and disordely on the key boards again -BAN

  • batty

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Johno Toon dont you meen jokenear and the two that are in charge now well we mite as well have the CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN CHARGE

  • komfort

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    batty , to you to me to me to you to you to me

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    don’t i remind you of AO from before? 🙂 vowed never to return here ever since the 2-1 embarrasing defeat. ahh well i can’t kick the addiction.

  • komfort

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    bennyhill , there is more to life than this blog and a couple of bottles of white lightening , seek help.

  • hitman

    Mar 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    benny why do you have so much animosity towards newcastle,did somthing happen to you.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    u guys kicked our asses last year and i’m deeply hurt.

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Batty you knock joe kinnear all you like but fact is nobody else would come in and under the circumstances he has done fairly well. I do think he should be replaced but we should do that in the summer. And i would rather have him than houghton and calderwood! So i for one am looking forward to him coming back

  • bennytoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    where’s everyone? Tom-turan-toon yoohooo?

  • Alex

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    when we have Nolan back from suspension and Barton back from injury we will have enough fight in the team to save us . Those 2 plus Beye will insure we stay up .

  • hitman

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    benny we kicked your asses for the past 3 seasons,but thats no excuse to go on like an A1 pr1ck is it.

  • batty

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20


  • NorthernPaul

    Mar 7, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s been ‘do or die’ since september.

    I wont go down the boring blame apportioning route, but it was obvious way back then how the season was going to end up.

    Unfortunately it wasn’t obvious to the people that matter, the people who can actually do something about it.

    We have been rubbish this season, and if we go down it wont be a surprise.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    “But on the back of a very disappointing result last week [at Bolton], our main object was to be able to bounce back”

    Most of the results have been disappointing this season Chris and we have failed to bounce back too many times.

    Ashley Out-JK Out-and all the other idiots at the club.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I can’t see us picking up many points in the last 10 games that is the worry – we can’t beat teams around us and that is what would keep us up.

  • gibbotwg

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    did u18’s win?

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    …picture this, it’s the final day of the season – we need a win to stay in the premiership – Villa need a win for a Champions League spot. Sh1t.

    Sorry to state the obvious, but if we don’t get any points from our next 4 games – which could very well happen, we’ll probably be rooted to the bottom and it’ll take all our might to get back over that dreaded dotted line – whilst relying on those around us to mess up!

    For me, these next 4 games are absolutely VITAL, we need to go at it hammer and tongs – like we did against Manure – and get AT LEAST 4 points out of them.

    I’m hopeful and worriedly confident but it’ll go down to the wire I reckon – just hope not to the final game, or we ARE fkd.

  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Tired of listening to platitudes from the owner, Llambias, the coaches, the manager and the players.
    Its time to put up or shut up. S**t or get off the pot.
    Sure the ManU performance was a decent one, in that everyone tried hard and didn’t give up. But that’s become the exception rather than the rule.
    It should set us up for Hull. But they’ve played us 3 times already and beaten us twice at home. We have one win in last ten games. We are where we are because of what we have deserve. Please, until the end of the season, no more chest-beating, hand-wringing, sabre-rattling or bull-sh**ing.

    Just results.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #27

    after the manu match i heard the teams around us playing that night had good results and thought thats it were doomed and thought theres no way out now we will defo be playing championship football nxt season but after a few days to think about it ive got a feeling we will survive and the fans will be play a big part in our great escape when they turn up in numbers and intimidate the oppisition and spur on our team all the way

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    I just think it is too late…remember leading upto this point the players played without pressure,worry etc and still couldn’t get decent with pressure mounting and some big teams to play I just fear the worst. and nerves will get the better of the players and they will bottle it.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 7, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #29

    I am bored of all the stand up and be counted crap..we roll over far too easy and the players are just not good enough…Shola,Carrol,Taylor,Viduka,Butt,Duff to name a few and a management team of JK and Houghton is just a recipe for disaster.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 7, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Terrible development for the club, now we’re fighting against relegation every season.

    And with the management running the club now I’m afraid nothing will change much the coming years, we’re becoming the new WBA or Sunderland… Always down there, and now and then in the CCC…


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