We’ve seen a number of reports over the weekend and today, about how it will be a loss to the Premier league if Newcastle get relegated this season.
Alan Shearer – can he save Newcastle?
The simple answer to that is it just doesn’t matter, it’s irrelevant to talk about it.
If Newcastle finish in the bottom three they will deserve to be relegated, there’s just no two ways about it, and up to now, the lads have done nothing to warrant us avoiding relegation, but we are still all hoping (and some of us praying), that will all change tonight against Portsmouth.
But they will deserve to go down if the team finish in the bottom three, even though it is just over five years ago that Bobby Robson had us in the European Champions League. In the 2002-2003 season we finished in 3rd place, behind champions Manchester United and runner-up Arsenal, and were above both Chelsea and Liverpool. And the season before that we had finished in 4th place.
We were just above Leeds United (5th) and Chelsea, and we are all too well aware of what has since happened to Leeds United.
When you look at that now it now seems amazing, but not when you realize the great Bobby Robson was then our manager, and that when we finished the next season in only 5th place, he was sacked.
We have never felt that Robson got the accolades he deserved while he was at Newcastle, but perhaps now fans are starting to realize just what a fabulous job the man did at the club.
In the 2003-2004 season, we suffered two losses and three draws in our last five games of the season, and finished 4 points behind Liverpool, who were 4th that year.
8 points from our last 5 games would have seen us take 4th place, and qualify for the Champions League for a 3rd time in a row, but that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now, of course.
It true that it will be a catastrophic decline, but to say that Newcastle are needed in the top flight is more than a little self-serving.
If we do go down it will show that poor management at any club, especially these last two years under Mike Ashley, can take any club down, no matter how big they are, or the support they receive.
That will be the lesson to be learned from the Newcastle demise, plus that a squad of players have just not earned their money over the season, and have hardly shown the pride and passion to stay up.
Not yet anyway, and as we said earlier there’s still time to save the club, and the lads can start doing that tonight, but we must get the win against a beatable Portsmouth side.
Only then will we have a decent chance of avoiding the unmitigated disaster of relegation.
It’s a do-or die-, must-win, now-or never game tonight.
Howay The Lads – please save the club!