Newcastle have a good chance during the International break of getting more of their players fully fit and ready for the last eight crucial games of what has been a disastrous season for the Tyneside club.
Derek Llambias – will need plan in place in case Newcastle are relegated
But they will also need to work on a plan in case the club ends up getting relegated.
Danny Guthrie is close to a return after injury, and Hughton hopes to get Michael Owen a lot fitter in the next couple of weeks, because surely Michael, if anybody, can get the goals to save the club from relegation.
Chris Hughton told the Newcastle official web-site:
“It’s about getting players physically fit for the Chelsea game now,”
“It’s a chance for the likes of Michael Owen, Habib Beye, Kevin Nolan and Danny Guthrie to work on their fitness.”
“We’ve got a couple of weeks to prepare for what will be a very tough game. But there were enough positives from the Arsenal game – and we must take them into the next match.”
It’s hard for us to see how we can get anything out of the Chelsea game, but miracles do happen.
One was on Saturday when Fulham fairly comfortably beat Manchester United 2-0 at Craven Cottage, so big surprises are still possible, but the lads must take their chances when they are offered, and not do daft things like miss gifted penalties when the score is 0-0.
In fact Fulham got a penalty after 18 minutes on Saturday, and Danny Murphy made no mistake and they went onto win the game. Goals change games, and missed penalties can also change games.
Maybe Newcastle could have gone onto win on Saturday if Oba had scored, but of course well never know that now – and it’s onto the next game.
We have to hope for the best, but the club must also plan for the worst. And we feel there must be some work being done right now at the club, to establish a more complete plan in case the side ends up relegated. They already seem to have a plan worked out with transfers and the like, as to who they will go after in the summer transfer window, but if we get relegated, all that will need to change, and Plan B will need to be executed.
We’ll need to ship out a number of our top wage earners, and bring in others at much lower wages, just so the books can be balanced.
That of course, would be a monumental disaster for Newcastle, and we have to hope we can survive, but after every game, it looks more and more possible – unfortunately.
And with just one win in 14 games, that’s certainly relegation form, and that’s the truth.