Well, well, well – an article by of all people, Simon Bird, in the Daily Mirror today has the title Why the Premier League needs Newcastle to Stay Up and it’s more than a decent article from Simon.
Alan Shearer – will he manage the club if we drop?
Simon Bird is the journalist who reports on Newcastle United for the Daily Mirror, and we’ve had some harsh words to say about him this season, but when push comes to shove he obviously wants Newcastle to stay in the Premier League.
He also admits some of the criticism of the Newcastle club has been unfair, and remember Simon was the same journalist who Joe Kinnear attacked with his expletive-filled rant, during his first press conference last September.
We are at the point now, where it looks like Newcastle may indeed go down, and people alter their tone as it become closer to reality, because the Premier League losing Newcastle, would not be good. Any club getting 52,000 fans at every home game, as we are now, must have something going for it, and what that is the football passion of Geordies. Let’s face it we’re all daft about Newcastle United.
Simon talks in the article about the general stuff that is thrown at Newcastle and their fans such over the years such:
- Geordie fans think they are the special ones: special club, special fans and they are a “huge” club
- The club is run on the basis of tapping into the sentimentality of fools – read fools as Newcastle fans.
- Shearer is a money grabber and could pocket a huge amount if Newcastle stay up
Quite honestly, if we are to be brutally honest, if we cannot get a win fairly quickly, we could well go down. But we also think if that happens, we’ll get some sympathy from most of the football fans in England, although others will just love it.
And what do we do if that mother of all disasters happens?
We think Geordie fans will prove once again why they are the best fans in the land, whether or not we play in the Premier League next season. If the unbelievable happens, watch for Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie to take on the challenge of managing the club long term, and get the players in during the summer that will ensure we can come straight back up.
We have more than a decent squad of young players already, and they will stay if we are relegated and if we do have to lose Owen, Martins Coloccini, Gutierrez, Viduka, Smith, Geremi and Cacapa, half them will not be missed too much in any case, it we are honest.
Certainly Smith, Viduka, Cacapa and Geremi have not played much at all this season and are not current starters, and the wage bill will dramatically drop so we can then pay players like Beye and Bassong, to name just a couple, what they really deserve.
And with young Carroll and Ranger threatening to be the next Alan Shearer, we may not be as bad off as we think.
But of course we still hope and pray that Alan can conjure up a miracle to save the club, and if he cannot, it will not be for the want of trying.
But we’re getting ready, just a little, for the emotional shock, should we indeed be relegated in May. For me this situation brings back painful memories of 1961, when I was actually at the club, and Charlie Mitten was the manager, with the club in a similar position we are in right now, and of course we were relegated.
It took Joe Harvey, a previous captain of the club, and a no-nonsense manager, to come in and get us promoted back to the first division in 1965, and then of course we went on to win the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969, our last major trophy.
Howay The Lads!!
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