Danny Guthrie yesterday talked about relegation and who would have thought at the beginning of the season, with Danny playing so well, it would all end up like this, a complete disaster of a season.
Danny Guthrie – promising player will be gutted by relegation
Danny talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It’s a horrible place to be in,” “No one wants to be there, no one wants it on their CV – involvement in a team being relegated.”
“From my point of view, I’m going to do everything I can to ensure that’s not on my record. It does hurt, even to the extent of being embarrassing because of the size of this club and the players that we’ve got. It’s the last thing you want.”
“When you’re in training it does take your mind off it but sometimes away from the club it can still play on your mind, after the game, on the night, or the day after.”
“You try to take your mind off it but there’s not a lot you can do at this time of the season because you do need to rest, you’re starting to get tired now. If I don’t go for dinner I’ll play on the X-Box, or watch TV or DVDs.”
Danny was speaking at a Q&A with students of Northumberland College, and it was event event organized by Premier League sponsors Barclays.
Danny has admitted the long, boring hours spent kicking his heels between action are a chore, since each game is now around a week apart, and since we do badly in most games, it’s then a long wait until the next one, that’s for sure.
But of course Danny is trying to remain upbeat and he was asked if he thinks Newcastle can still survive:
“Ah definitely,” “While it’s still possible you have to believe. I haven’t contemplated going down, even though it’s there, it’s a realism. I’m just concentrating on the positives, we have to keep believing. It’s disappointing not to have won (against Portsmouth). The fans’ reaction at the end of the game, you can feel their frustration.”
“It’s also frustrating being a player too, it’s hard to take when your fans react like that but you can understand it because they expect a lot from the team. We expect a lot from ourselves too. We’ve built it up as a must-win and we only got the draw – but we still don’t know how good that point’s going to be.”
“We had chances to win. The more the game went on the more open it became. You definitely didn’t want to lose the game, because a point at the end of the day might keep us up.” “You have to take that positive out of it.”
“The teams around us lost at the weekend, so results went for us and we gained an extra point. I know it’s not three points but we did gain a point and that could prove vital at the end of the season.”
The thing that we just didn’t like about Monday’s performance, is that it seems the situation is just too big and terrible for our players to handle – and we have no idea what they’ll do at Liverpool on Sunday – let’s hope we don’t get taken apart because we still have a decent goal difference.
There are going to be recriminations if and when the team gets relegated but in truth a number of people will need to shoulder the responsibility of relegation.
First of all Kevin Keegan walking out on principle is OK for Kevin, and it was not the first time he did this – he even walked out on England and left them high and dry – but his departure in September left the team decimated at the beginning of the season, and we basically never recovered from that.
And his claim he was sacked is kind of hard to believe when we know Ashley and Llambias were imploring him to stay at the time, and said he had not been sacked. However we also know the back-room positioning with Dennis Wise was hardly uplifting for Kevin either, and Kevin didn’t seem to have control of the transfers – which was just stupid – absolutely stupid!.
That was the first thing that happened and then it’s just got worse and worse.
But it’s the players who will need to shoulder most of the responsibility. Even though the back-room goings on didn’t help, they are paid very well at Newcastle to play football, and they have done just hopeless, especially this year.
Right now, unless there is an awakening from our morbid bunch of overpaid and under-performing players, we’ll be relegated, and deserve to be.
They can change that by winning at Liverpool.