Let’s face it, if Newcastle now stay up in the Premier League, it will be a surprise for many Newcastle fans, and it will not be due to our listless squad of players actually saving themselves.
Alan Shearer – the next great manager?
When the team has gone 18 games with just a single win, and have gone the last 9 games, with just 4 draws and 5 defeats, we deserve to be in deep trouble.
In fact here is what we’ve done since we last won at WBA, on 7th February:
Played 9 Won 0 Draw 4 Lost 5 GF 4 GA 11 Points 4
If that isn’t testament to why we should be relegated then we don’t know what is. It’s a terrible record, no let’s rephrase that – given the squad we have it’s a disgraceful record that our players should be ashamed of.
But that’s the problem, they aren’t ashamed of anything, and probably not even embarrassed by it, as their bank accounts are doing just fine – thank you very much.
We think it would be good if they were ashamed of under-performing for such a proud club, which has such a fantastic tradition in football. But maybe we are being too old fashioned in this modern age of money and wealth in football.
Yes,Newcastle United are hopeless right now, no doubt about that, but only because we have a washed-up group of players currently being paid far too much by the club.
We may be over-stepping the mark here – but it would be good if they would at least show some guts and spirit, in trying to put things right in our final four games. Hey, maybe we could go out and play a guts and glory game at Liverpool on Sunday – there’s a thought.
Instead we have a captain who seems to be expecting to lose at his former club Liverpool on Sunday, and who hardly acts as a captain either on or off the field, if we are to be brutally honest, which we are being in this article, as you may have noticed.
Much better to put somebody like Habib Beye or even young Sebastien Bassong as captain for the upcoming games, the two of them are two players who have been great for the side this season, whenever they have played – and they have that do-or-die attitude too.
We are even hopeful that bad boy Joey Barton will come good, because for all his problems off the field, the boy has some guts and determination, and knows he owes Newcastle big time, for sticking with him over the last couple of years. Wouldn’t that be something if Joey started to produce big time over the last 4 games?
If the lads continue their weak imitation of corpses on the field, who seem more frightened than anything else, we can kiss survival goodbye, probably before our last game at Villa Park on Sunday, May 24th, kick-off 4:00 pm.
And that’s even though both Middlesbrough and Hull City are doing their level best to be even worse than Newcastle during the run-in.
That’s a very difficult task to accomplish, but you have to give it to them – you cannot accuse either side of not putting in a brave effort to allow Newcastle to catch them.
In fact our solitary point on Monday night has already put us ahead of the hapless Middlesbrough. A team worse than us right now? It’s difficult to really get a grasp of what that really means, isn’t it? We still have to play Middlesbrough at home, so we’ll see if they are indeed worse than us, in that game.
We wouldn’t like to be Alan Shearer in all of this – but whatever Alan can save this season, is what he will start rebuilding Newcastle United with, in the summer.
Either that will be a very lucky Premier League club, who didn’t really deserve to survive, or it will be a Championship side, which is more likely.
But Alan will start in the summer from the ground up, and that’s the good news, and there will be even more good news because whatever happens, Alan will rid the club of the many players who shouldn’t even be at the Tyneside club in the first place.
Anybody who wants to leave should be allowed to leave, and of course we’ll need to let go of many highly-paid players if we are indeed relegated, we’ll have no choice in that with players like Martins, Owen and the like.
Newcastle United is nothing if not a very proud club, and at a minimum deserves players who are proud to play for the Magpies.
Players like local lad Andy Carroll, and Londoner Nile Ranger, who has not only turned his private life around, but has professed to just loving it at Newcastle, while he’s been in Toon these last 9 months.
He’s more of an inspiration to us right now, than many of our overpaid “stars” have ever been. No doubt Alan will step up our terrific youth policy in the summer, and Shearer has already shown he is more than interested in Richard Money’s kids at Newcastle.
We can look to players like Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll, Ben Tozer, Tamas Kadar, Kazenga LuaLua, Tim Krul and others, pushing hard for the first team next year, whatever happens.
If we are a Championship side, look for the team to be quite a young one, but growing as we hope Newcastle will continue to grow from next season on – under the leadership of Alan Shearer.
What’s that saying? Oh yes – “hope springs eternal.”