The Longer Relegation Threat Lasts – The Worse Things Will Get

We know Arsene Wenger has a place is in his heart for Newcastle United  and the fans because, like Sven-Goran Eriksson, he’s often talked about the great support at Newcastle, and the atmosphere generated at St. James’ Park.


Arsene Wenger – Newcastle can still survive

But Arsene is also realistic about the plight Newcastle find themselves in, and it’s not going to be easy to survive.  The longer it goes, the worse things things will get, as players will start to worry about indeed being relegated.

And with Chelsea next on the agenda, Newcastle will not get the win they really need anytime soon, and will probably have to wait at least until the following game at Stoke, where 3 points could get the side back on track.

It looks like Newcastle will need 4 wins in their last 8 games to survive, but given that we have just one win in our last 14 games, that’s going to require a real improvement in form from the Magpies side, which may not be forthcoming.

Anything but a win at Stoke, and things will become real doom and gloom on Newcastle – and even more so than they are right now.

Arsene had this to say about Newcastle’s chances:

“I think that from what I have seen in the first half they will get out of it but the longer the situation lasts the more difficult it is,”

“I wish that Newcastle stay in the League because I like the people here and I like the consistency of support.

“But it will be very close because they have eight games left. They have the quality but they need some results. From what I have seen today they have enough quality to stay up.”

In other words we could do it, but it will be touch and go.

Who would ever have thought last August, that we’d be in this position now, and there are many at the Newcastle club, who are responsible for the plight we are in right now, that’s for sure.

The players also have to take responsibility, as Newcastle have one of the highest wage bills in the Premier League – so how come we’re third bottom?

But we’ll live in hope that the lads can pull us away and we can survice once again.

Comments welcome.

Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.

98 comments so far

  • brownrob

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Last year the side was full of confidence after KK coming back, and who really thought we were goiing to go down?

    this year is different, as i cant see where any wins are coming from…

    without seb and taylor we will get pumped by chelsea, and suffer vs stoke with the weak coloccini and probable cacapa, while we are going to get stuffed again vs liverpool

    i want to stay up but i think we are delaying the inevitable, we courted the drop zone for a few years but i think we will go down this year

  • lesh

    Mar 23, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Arsene and it’s been obvious to the fans for months.

    But, nobody takes any notice do they? Ashley persists with Hughton and Calderwood, Kinnear’s not guaranteed to come back and even if he did and given his record, will he do the biz? Wise…… he’s still there.

    Mr Wenger, no gripes about the result and let’s hope Ashley heeds your words. Anybody available to help for a few months from the Emirates?

    The cat’d even bring an improvement!

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    We are third bottom because we are crap. We have a crap team (Bassong is the only one who would get into a top 4 SQUAD), we have a crappier manager and the crappiest owner. We are destined to be relegated. The owner deserves it. 20,000 in the fizzy. Choke on your pint you fat ………..

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4 we need joe kinnear to come give this comatose players a kick in the arse really this is torture i can’t look at the premier league table without a pain in my heart i might need a quadruple bypass surgery

  • brownrob

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    if we cannot take poor hull and bolton sides then we deserve to be down.

    Chelsea H Loss
    Stoke A Loss
    Spuds A Draw
    Pompey H Draw
    Merseyside Red 🙂 A Loss
    Boro H Win
    Fulham H Draw
    Villa A Draw

    Leaving us with 7 points and 36 total

    I dont think its enough

    I do think we can get something at Spuds, villa and fulham as villa will have secured uefa cup, spuds will be safe as will fulham.

    We have little chance of getting anything at stoke… their home form is impressive, Boro have their heads down, they arent having the rub of the green, i think we can get something

    It will be tight mind

  • Whumpie

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    What everyone is missing is this: there are other teams who will fare worse than us for the last 8 games. We only need 4 wins if the others get 3, and I just don’t see all of the teams around us doing that.

    I always assumed that we’d go to Stoke with 29 points, and anything more is a big bonus. But then we have that 6-pointer and at least one other depending on how far you stretch the definition.

    We can stay up, and the only news worse than what we expected on Saturday morning is the loss of two good defenders.

    Put plugs in your butts and grow some stones. We can get out of this.

    And if anyone reading this was one of the gutless tossers who deserted their team before the final whistle on Saturday, go hang your heads. You don’t deserve to be let back into SJP.

  • magforlife

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Whumpie, ive been a fan for 42 years through thin and thin, i am like you but Saturday knocked my end in, to concede goals after we had played well when all it needed was a substitution made me vomit. What are these clowns looking at during the game and to bring on amadonkey was just the icing on the cake, my blood pressure wont take any more, Hughton hasnt got a clue mate, i will always hope we get out of it but something drastic has to chamge as we are sleepwalking towards the trapdoor.

  • chuck

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Looking at the recent run, there`s only one conclusion to reach, were F***ed.
    Thanks Ashley, your arrogance has been exceeded only by your ignorance.
    You have succeded in destroying a viable PL team through a combination of ignorance, bad judgement and parsimony, hope you are happy with the result.
    Dumb, Dumb,Dumb.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    i agree whumpie

    except for the putting plugs in my butt part other than that i agree though i can understand why they left early

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Whumpie – around me people just left cause they saw it as game over – I asked some of them who kept getting in my line of vision as the filed past where they were going – some polite and some not so.

    The bloke two rows back let people know – then again he does every match when people start to go before end whistle.

    Im there before kick off and wont leave until the whistle has gone – win, loose or draw.

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    … we only need four wins. You must be on Prozac happy pills because you ain’t on this planet. We’ve hardly had 4 wins all season. I believe it is one win in last 14 games. Get real man!!!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Just got a text from spurs mobile that the spurs v newcastle game will be live on sky. Which means if you lose to stoke we get to send you down on live tv!! excellent.

  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #13

    We will go down but what happens if we survive. The same team a year older and Mike’s 5 mil to put things right. It will be more of the same but worse. We would be better relegated than more of this agony.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Bennytoon – thats old news fella – knew that last week. See thats how upto date we are up here.

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey Benny, Give us some points mate, you don’t need them anymore. Sacrifice your UEFA place for us. 🙂 Anyway next year you will do what Aston Villa did this year. qualify in Europe and play poor team.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Whumpie // Mar 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    We only need 4 wins if the others get 3, and I just don’t see all of the teams around us doing that.

    We’ve won only 4 in 26 games!

    What gives you the confidence that we will win 4 in 8?

    Anyway, who confronted Ashley on Saturday? Someone who is well known to the players past and present. He got ejected from the stadium!

  • sahota

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree its hard to even think we can win 1 or 2 games form our all matches left. Our ratio of winning matches is very poor. Add to that new injuries. I think we should take it game by game. A win at STOKE things might start looking UP , defeat will mean we are almost ALL OUT unless we put run like Fullham last year, which is beyond my imagination.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Stuart79 – where did you hear that fella?

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon Greame

    It’s in the Independant and Luke Edwards from the Journal also saw something, but he wouldn’t say who it was until he has it confirmed.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Stuart – oooooh scandal and Gossip – My guess Shearer as he wasnt on match of the day!!!


    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #22

    A lot of supporters have been saying we could get relegated for quite a long time- i think Ashley thought we were crying wolf-he didnt for a minute think it could happen.
    To me it looks gone-can we stand up to the battering Stoke will give us-dont think so.
    Can we win 3 home games in a row-doubtfull.
    As many have said if its not this season then its next season.
    Remember everybody in 5 years we will be challenging for everything-bollocks.

  • jim

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #23

    was probably gazza lol

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    it may have been a journo some 1 on sunday supplement said a journo was banned from st james’ for something to do with kinnears heart problem but maybe this is something different

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Gotta be a supporter of the club I would have thought.

    Shearer has more dignity I would think.

    Interesting though…

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    if it was a well known supporter i am guessin some 1 from the nusc

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #28

    wheres all the pro ashley mob gone.they disappeared sharpish like.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Why would they be known to past and present players?

    Former player I reckon.

    Macdonald? Anderson?Martin? Shearer?

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    or it could have been a celeb fan but it hink they would also have to much dignity

    robson green
    ant n dec
    brian blessed
    steve harmison
    john mccritrick

    i think all the people above except maybe mccritrick would have too much dignity

  • brownrob

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #31

    supermac was there i think?

    he didnt look too happy during the game…

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    wouldnt supermac have too much dignity

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    jimmy nail i reckon.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 23, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #34

    would he also have too much dignity? ill be honest i dont know exactly what his character is like

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #35

    I reckon it’s a local journo.

    Could be Anal Oliver? I heard he was forced to quit the chronicle due to him upsetting the regime at NUFC.

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Hitman – I am here – nothing has changed my view – nor will it if we go down.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #37

    There’s me thinking your rock was too heavy for you to get out from under Stardust!

  • lesh

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38

    beyethegreat // Mar 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    it may have been a journo some 1 on sunday supplement said a journo was banned from st james’ for something to do with kinnears heart problem but maybe this is something different… it was a Sunday People scribe who wrote on Sunday that he’d been banned for saying that Joe had had a relapse – he really ripped into Ashley and Co this week (Southern editions only I fear)

    As far a Anal’s concerned, I was surprosed to see that he had a column in the News of the Screws sunday gone (southern editions again)

  • Stardust

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    No same old same old for me Stuart. We never expected to win this weekend – we played well but the other wins around us were unexpected.

    To be fair I am still flabbergasted at Martins – to take a pen like that at one of the most crucial times in our history is unforgiveable.

  • hitman

    Mar 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    must admit that has to be one of the worst pens ive seen like.


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