Jonas Gutierrez has revealed this morning that Alan Shearer is continually talking to the players, and trying to get them top believe they can still stay up this season.
Jonas Gutierrez – we can still stay up
Jonas talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning on our slim chances of staying in the Premier League this season:
“The manager tries to work with all the players and tells everyone to be positive and to think that we can do this,”
“That is very important for us. We have to believe like this for the next five games until the end of the season. The boss is talking to us and wants to make us better players.”
“The team tries its best in every game. We have to think about the next game now, we have to keep the belief.” “We have to believe in ourselves and the team. If we don’t then it is impossible for us to do what we need to.”
It looks liker the lads will have a good chance of staying up if only we can win our three remaining home games against fairly mediocre opposition.
The next home is against Portsmouth, who are now 7 points ahead of us and almost safe, and then we face Middlesbrough, who are currently one point above us.
Then our last home game is against Fulham, who are safe from relegation on 44 points, but not near to qualifying for Europe so to them, it’s just another game.
If we can win those games and the 9 points we should be OK, but we’ve won just one of our last 17 games, so that has to be a vast improvement from what we’ve done.
But the most important of these home games will be the first against Portsmouth, and we just have to get on the winning track in that game, and that can put some belief back into the players, since they seem to have precious little of that right now.
“We have three home games and they are very important. We need to win next week against Portsmouth.”
“We need all the three points because we are in a very difficult situation and we want to leave this league position behind.”
“The final matches for us are going to be very difficult. No team is going to make it easy for us, but all we can think about is the next match, nothing else, because we have to win this game.”
We’ve been very disappointed in our players’ handling of the relegation difficulty, and we haven’t seen enough urgency and spirit from the lads. And it also seems that Shearer and those before him this season, have had to put an awful lot of work into just cajoling these highly paid players into producing the goods.
It would be good and more appropriate if they could inspire themselves – even if they just have to think of all the money they’re making each week – that should inspire them.