Daily Mirror Defends Newcastle – Would You Believe It?

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!!

Here’s Simon Bird’s article in the Daily Mirror today.

Comments always welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Craigg

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Fair points, I for one wouldnt lose sleep over losing the so called “Stars” listed above.

    If we go down i hand on heart believe we could hold onto Bassong, Steven Taylor, Beye and Barton certainly for at least a season and i doubt Harper, Butt, Edgar, Carroll, Ranger, Vukcic, Krul and Ryan Taylor would want to leave as all would get a good chance of first team football even if it is an initial step down.

    On the other hand if we stay up (which we will), I still would want the back of most of the big earners other than Owen, Jonas, Martins and maybe even Coloccini and Enrique who may improve with another season in english football.

    Either way if we add 5-7 good players to a squad that does have some really quality (Not enough) then we have a good chance of having a good season next time round.

  • Craigg

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Apologies for saying good three times in the same paragraph, Ive only just noticed myself.

    I also meant Real quality.

  • Intergalactic Milkman

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Aaaaye good old Simon Hird, e’s not that bad after all, bit of a gent on the sly it seems…….what? what’s that?…..SIMON BIRD?….ah no he’s a right c**t!!!!!

    Article should say “Why Simon Bird needs Newcastle to stay up”!!!

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Look at the photo of Shearer

    He looks like he’s straining for a sh!t.


  • Doocey

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Simon Bird is a knob.
    Kinnear gave him a good bollocking 😀

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t fault that article. His soft southern ponce editor will not have liked having to publish that.

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    ”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.”

    What were you doing then Ed?

  • Girth

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone got a season ticket in one of the upper tiers?
    my mate has and he said he got a letter today from the club saying that if we are relegated, they will be shutting the upper tier and moving everyone down!!!
    anyone know whats actually going on as he is usually full of shat lol

  • Doocey

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed played for Newcastle, as a trainee.

  • kizza

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #10

    hey guys

    i havent written any thing in a while so u probs dont know me. i dont really know nile ranger much but we talk about newcastle occasionly on facebook chat.

    before shearer came he said he loved the partys in newcastle but football wise he felt he wa given false hope by richard money who kept telling him that if he keeps banging in the goal and performing that he will be making sub appearences and a start every now and again. he really wants to do well (like all young footballers but he felt he couldnt do much else and he kept asking me what i felt on arsenals chances of succuring a champions league spot.

    Now shearers here all he talks about is newcastle and he has told me that shearer says that if all goes well in training and if we are playing fairly well against spurs, that shearer has promised to put him up front for 10-20 mins. he really is buzzing. he has admitted that he acted too cocky at southampton and always felt he should be in the first team like walcott was when he was there.

    since his move he has learnt alot and now keeps his head down instead of acting all cocky and thinking he should be playing every min of every first team game without practicing on things like his left foot or overall play

    he used to say alot on his facebook status like ‘gunna b da saint 4 da saints’ (meaning southhampton. now he doesnt nothing newcastle related as his status because he doesnt wanna be cocky and get laughed at if he doesnt succeed

    i hope this has helped you lot understand nile more.

    Comments welcome =-)

  • Steve R

    Apr 15, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #11

    The very sad thing is the PREMIER LEAGUE ITSELF!!! The prices of players is daft and the wages players get is f*c%ing ridiculous!

    The popularity of the league has actually led to its own self-destruction. We are passionate about a team where sh!te players get paid more in a week than the average man makes in a year…i am sorry but this single factor has DESTROYED true passion!!

  • chuck

    Apr 15, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Soh! playing an occassional game for the “N`s” is with the club is it ?
    Stretching things a bit aint cha!

  • bennymoob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Just to prove that I dont have moobs heres a pic of me http://i40.tinypic.com/166kllt.jpg

  • lacedaemonian

    Apr 15, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Chuck, what are you tryign to say? He was a trainee with the club.

  • Toonaholic

    Apr 15, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #15

    lol benny that cracked me up 😀

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #16

    quiet tonight LADS!

    There’s probably 500 NUFC fans sitting at their pc’s that have been sitting at there for 3 hours with their mouth open, gobsmacked that the Mirror has given a good article and they dont know what to say

    Yes that must be the reason 😉

    Oh lads i did the Spurs game updated on Fifa 09 with me not controlling either team and the score came out Spurs 1-2 NUFC so thats my prediction, my last one was right, Stoke 1-1 NUFC

    But the last time i did it before that was the Portsmouth game which i predicted correctly

    Spooky 😉

    The last time i did this it was Stoke

  • buddy

    Apr 15, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #17

    cheers kizza, good to hear!! sound lad is he? good to hear shearers havin a good effect on him,but he will need a lot of patience id say. bit much to ask to be thrown in atm.

    lads, anyone have a link for that my brute thing?

  • DanToon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #18

    My old man said be a Sun’land fan, i said f**k off father your a c**t!

  • DanToon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    As i went a walking along the cliffs of Dover, if i saw a Sun’land fan i’d kick the b*sta*d over!… Hell ova, hell ova, hell ova, hell ova!

  • kizza

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    bennymoob. that picture is well funny

    Buddy… thats the one thing i have noticed about nile since speaking to him. that (since he has been at newcastle) any one can beleive in him and tell him he is amazing and can be a star, but he will work his hardest and keep his feet on the groud….UNTIL…. The manager believe him. then he gets a huge buzz and wants to play straight away.

    He has given up drinking and smoking since he has been at newcastle too. He found giving up smoking easy but he says he finds it harder to give up drink because the girls are much fitter in newcastle and they always wanna drink with him and be wags and stuff. Lucky Bastard. but he tells me he has given it up to chase his dream

    another thing you may not know about him that one of his all-time main idols is…Martin Luther King. because without him nile wouldnt be aloud to be in england and have a chance of a career. I personally think its good for nile to be greatful for things like that

    sound lad, i just hope he does well

  • beatski

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Martin Luther King. because without him nile wouldnt be aloud to be in england and have a chance of a career.


    explain?? i dont think you’re right there. He did a hell of a lot for the american civil rights movement, but i doubt he’s had any effect on him playing for the toon.

    Also, not a very well known fact, but MLK plagiarised a lot of his work, from the university paper that got him his doctorate, to the i have a dream speech

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #22


  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #23

    I was chatting to a – spit – a West Ham supporter the other day and he asked me why Newcastle fans think their club is “too big to get relegated”.

    Why does he ask that? I have never heard a Newcastle fan say the club is “too big” to be relegated. I think it’s one of those things the press made up and now people think Newcastle fans actually say it all the time.

    I’m also fed up with the “big club” argument about Newcastle. This West Ham fan claimed that we’re not a big club because we haven’t won a trophy since 1969.

    I pointed out that that just makes us a trophyless club and the term ‘big club’ can have many connotations.

    We have a ‘big’ ground and we are one of the ‘biggest’ clubs in Europe in terms of finances. I suspect we have a reasonably ‘big’ worldwide fan base too (although I’m not sure how it compares to others).

    Drives me bananas!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #24


    Strictly speaking this off-topic I guess, but I figured the news is too hilarious (if only for the tedoious chain of information involved) to not post on here! Take it with a pinch of salt, but I for one HOPE it’s true!

    A friend of mine at work who is a big geordie fan got a call today from a barrister our firm use up in the North East who is a season ticket holder at the Toon. Basically, she’d been working with a guy who through being involved in a company that run security at St James Park goes to all the director and share holder meetings (stick with me…)

    According to him, at the last of such meetings Ashley told the club that he cannot find a buyer and if they get relegated he will wash his hands of them and put them in to voluntary administration! My mate was also told that none of the players had relegation break clauses in their contract and as such the club would have to keep paying them the £60-£100k a week they are on until they are sold.

    Apparently, if they go down, they’ll make Leeds look like the best run club in the country! God I hope we beat them this weekend…

  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Utter nonsense bennytoon, but you probably know that anyway.

  • Nick D

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #26

    Really well thought out argument there Doocey.
    Kinnear just made us and himself a total laughing stock with his expletive filled rant.
    Thank god Shearer is here now and knows how to conduct himself with the media with a lot more intelligence than Kinnear could ever dream of possessing.

    Whatever happens next season, we obviously need to get rid of the following sicknote overpaid has – beens as they are crippling us financially for zero return :-

    Definites to go:-

    Geremi = way past it on 70K a week
    Viduka = taking the proverbial on 80K a week
    Smith = no assists / goals on 60k a week
    Duff = way past it on 70k a week
    Cacapa = way past it on 30k a week
    Butt = way past it on 70k a week
    Nolan = not good enough on 45k a week
    Owen = best days long gone on £110k a week
    Coloccini = wrong league on 65k a week
    Jonas = no goals / assists on 65k a week
    Barton: does he ever actually play on 60k a week
    Ameobi = you could write a book on 35k a week
    R. Taylor = 1 trick pony with free kicks v us

    next season could be a refreshing mix of


    Taylor S. Beye. Bassong.

    Lua Lua Edgar (DM) Vuksic Enrique

    Carrol Ranger Adjei

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #27

    re Bennytoon @24 and…..

    ….a guy who through being involved in a company that run security at St James Park goes to all the director and share holder meetings….

    What, I ask, would a guy involved in running security at SJP be doing at all director and shareholder meetings?

    As usuual, absolute rubbish coming from you.

    Speaking of rubbish, has Stardust or Sawdust or whatever he/ she/ it’s called been posting of late?

  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Nick D,

    I don’t think the wages are the problem – it’s the ‘zero return’ you mention that’s the problem.

    I don’t mind paying big wages for big performances but we don’t seem to get those from our highly paid players.

    But why is that?

    Poor scouting and transfer choices?

    Or do we take decent players and somehow destroy them?

    Or is it poor management?

    We need to address the underlying problem.

  • cg

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #29

    To be relgated would probably just result in the needed spring clean-out as mentioned by so many before. I don’t think it would be THE END, however I’m currently paying good money for a couple of extra channels just to even have the chance to see the boys play on TV – and that chance would be nil if we were to play the championship 🙁

  • broon ale

    Apr 16, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    morning moobs. you’re up bright and early i see. first thought to log onto the nufc blog as well. how utterly flattering.
    oh and comment 24 is rubbish. complete rubbish.

    you just stick with that spurs forum for a change. it seems they like talking about newcastle as much as you do

  • bennytoon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Before you rubbish my previous post i would just add that this particular poster was the first with ther robhino rape stories a week before they broke in the papers. This bloke is usually reliable on the rare occasion he posts news.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #32

    broonale- morning. Have you made any new friends on facebook lately? I hear Ian Huntley and Osama Bin Laden have accounts. Maybe you could try and befriend them. I realise they dont know you but lets be fair, it hasnt stopped you before. Enjoy your morning following me around on here you little shadow you.

  • John Tudor

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #33

    naw nowt narraback

  • broon ale

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #34

    well we shall see moobs. there is always stories like this floating around. i will let people who are more intune with finance deliberate on the credibility of your fellow spud’s claim.
    if it happens it will give you something to crack one off over.. you and the rest of the spurs community it would seem.
    you only hate us as much as you do because of our recent history of beating you.

  • komfort

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #35


  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #36

    bennytoon // Apr 16, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Before you rubbish my previous post …


    Too late – it’s already rubbished.

    Security guards do not go to shareholder meetings. End of.

  • hitman

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #37

    it wouldnt make sense,ashley could sell the club at a loss,going into admin he would hardly get nowt,plus i heard this a few month back on football rumors,its a load of shite

  • bennytoon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #38

    just passing on news from a reliable poster. As he says himself, take it with a pinch of salt.

  • John Tudor

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #39

    bennytoon bennytoon rideing down the lane
    bennytoon bennytoon looking for some pain
    feared for the spurs what is worse
    toon win 2-1 win 2-1

  • bennytoon

    Apr 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #40

    hugh de payen. You have mis read the post. end off.


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