Newcastle Don’t Deserve To Survive – That’s What’s So Sad

It’s really getting hard to believe we can save ourselves this season, as we’ve done absolutely nothing to help our plight since Christmas.


Alan Shearer – things look really dire

And just to make matters even worse for Alan Shearer, who is going through a true baptism of fire as Newcastle manager, and has just 2 points and one goal in his first 5 games in charge, also had Joey Barton, the one man who could have saved us, sent off with a straight red card, and the midfielder will miss the rest of the season.

Shearer talked about the Joey Barton sending off:

“It was a red card. I was not happy.” “He has apologised but he is suspended for the rest of the season now.”

And Shearer was also left to lament some poor marking by the lads this afternoon as he continued:

“I thought the first goal was offside but in the end the best team won and it could have been more.”

“The marking for the second goal was poor and for the third goal it was the same.” “We started brightly but that counts for nothing now.”

“After half-time I thought if we could nick one then we might get back in it.” “But it was a bitterly disappointing afternoon.”

Alan’s comments remind us about some of our games back in 1961 when we in a similar position and were relegated from the then First Division under manager Charlie Mitten.

I was at the club in those days, and the first team (as an example) would be hammered 4-0, and we’d say – the first two goals were offside, the third wasn’t over the line and they shouldn’t have got the corner for the 4th goal, and we missed that open goal – we should have won 1-0.   😀

When things are so bad, we suppose you have to keep a sense of humor, but the thing that really upsets us is that the team has done absolutely nothing to save themselves over the last four months.

Probably in just two games they have done well, in the single win we’ve had in 19 games, against bottom of the league WBA, and in the home draw against Everton, when we had just 10 men for all the second half, after Kevin Nolan was sent off just before half time.

And since Shearer came in, he’s done no better results wise, than Chris Hughton and Collin Calderwood, with just 2 points from a possible 15, and one goal scored – Alan get your boots on for the Middlesbrough game.

In most of the other games the team has just not been good enough, and been so disappointing for the fans, who continue to support them, although they hardly deserve that level of support.

They’ve shown little fight and hardly any spirit, and that’s the really sad thing, although they’re clearly not good enough either, we realize that. For a squad that had to be in the top four in terms of our wage bill, to be 3rd bottom of the league tells its own story, and it’s not a good one for owner Mike Ashley.

Relegation will cause lots of changes and downsizing at the Tyneside club, to ensure our costs match the much lower revenues that will flow into the club as a Championship side.

Mike Ashley should dock the players’ wages, because they have hardly earned their money, have they? He’s got a good case for asking what the hell they are playing at – excuse the French.

It’s a terrible way for such a great and proud club to go down – although yes, we know, we still have some hope – but if the lads continue in this form and attitude, we’ll simply deserve to be relegated, and that’s the plain truth.

155 comments so far

  • toonfromtanzania

    May 3, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    We do deserve to be relegated after watching this game. We had absolutely no creativity, no mid fielder dares to take on the opponent, no passes are made right, they give the ball away to the oppositision on purpose it seems like. I always read this blog, but today is the first time I am posting a comment, because I am sick and tired of having hope that newcastle will it out of this one, but it wont, and I hope it wont.

    This whole cancer was started by mike ashley, he appointed average managers and we good average results, then he sold our average players and we started catering for rejects of other teams.

    Why the f**did we go and buy butt, nolan, barton, colocinni, xisco and other idiots? Because we WANTED to be relegated.

    We then brought in king kev, we then thought things will be right, but then again faggot wise had to but in and make his own transfers against the will of king kev and then what happened? Xisco hasnt played for shit, coloccini is a big mistake!

    King kev left because of the bullshit and then in came “joke in here”, another average manager and we got average results.

    Why the hell were we doing so well in 97 under keegan, because we had creative mid fielders like ginola who used to feed shearer and ferdinand and they used to score for us, yes keegan spent a fortune, but he got to where we should be, in the top 3, st james park was a fortress to come to, remember guys we are the only team in the last 15 years to beat man u by 5 goals, yes the charity shield.

    Wr should be relegated and maybe mike ass-ley will open his eyes and spend some much needed money and withdraw his much needed useless nose out of the managers duty.

    Lets hope shearer stays and builds a team for the future, be it in the epl or the championship, if not, then only keegan can make things right, as geordie will only understand this, ass-ley has no choice but to call in keegan again, rather beg him to come back and take us to where we should be.

    Lets not waste ourselves in this hope of staying up, because if we do, then its going to be even worse for us next season, as ass-ley will sell and not buy and pocket his $$$.

    This is my point of veiw, the first time I ever saw a epl match, it was newcastle united playing southahpton, and I saw a team playing with three strikers, shearer, ferdinand and asprilla, and I said to myself, this is the team worth supporting, this is the team that knows what football is, and that is the time I fell i love with the then, NEWCASTLE UNITED

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Sometimes it’s not about deserving it or not Ed.
    You can play the lottery every week, and then a guy who plays once wins it.. I think ‘Nacho’ can win us the lottery.

    We know we don’t deserve to stay up, but WE WANT IT, and when u want something u have to try as hard as possible, and a bit more.

    Search for: Nacho Gonzalez – “The Schachmeister”

    or click this link:

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3


    Seriously, stop spamming this forum with the same message for weeks. It’s boring and annoying.

    Thank you.

    -Danish Magpie

  • beyethegreat

    May 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4


    you say we but you dont support us though i agree with you about it not being about h who deserves it

  • toonoholic

    May 3, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    i hate to say it but Hugo Viana a newcastle flop, is much better than Nacho

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    What are people’s views on the Boro game? I think it’s quite winnable since both ourselves and Boro need a win, which means it will be relatively open. I hope we have enough quality to bat them.

    I would play:




    Subs: Carroll, Nolan, Løvenkrands, Guthrie, R. Taylor, Edgar, Krul

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Good to know we can agree at some point Beye.
    But you know I’m not one of those who change their view in order to agree with others. I have my own view and I don’t change it unless I’m proven wrong.

    To be honest, Nacho is the best player in Uruguay and I support him, not Newcastle. But if he plays for NU I will support the team.. if for instance he’s playing and Owen scores I will be very happy. But I can’t be happy when he’s fit and not being played (yes u’ll tell me about Physioroom but Shearer said the only injured boys were s.taylor and enrique in the liverpool pre-match press conference).

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8


    I will use against u a phrase I learnt here:

    “fans like u need to be shot in the head twice (second time to make sure ur dead)”

  • davis_toons

    May 3, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9

    We still got a chance to make it at BORO.

    I hope by luck the team can put in a goal to win the match.

    And hopfully Hull will lose later….

    For the people that are attending the futher matches at SJP.

    Please do the below.
    For the TRUTH newcastle fans around the world

    Please PRAY around the stadium for our team Newcastle Utd to win on home soil against Middlesbrough. OK!

    I’ll be sayin my prayer in SINGAPORE.

    IT will helps.

  • toonoholic

    May 3, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

    eh nacho libido stole my quote

  • toonoholic

    May 3, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #11


  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #12

    😉 yeah it’s a cool one toonoholic.

    We need to get 7 points from our last 3 games. Team to accomplish the seemingly impossible mission:




  • Prince Bassong

    May 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    One thing is blatantly clear, that Colo should never play CB again, it’s just not his position.

    If he sat in front of a flat back four with Beye and Enrique getting forward and Bassong and Stevie Taylor in the centre things would look better.

    The fullbacks would give us the width. The CBs fight for the cause much more and have more pace, strength and height. If they are drawn wide whilst the fullbacks are forward then they are used to playing there which is more then could be said for the majority of CBs and Colo would drop into that gap. Most of the time Colo would be taking the ball from the defenders, dictating the play with simple passes and not being a terrible last line of defence.

    C’est la vie!

    Now to focus on the Boro game, defeat for either side meaning they are as good as gone, and a draw being just as useful.

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Ah for the one who said Hugo Viana sucked. I don’t think so:

    And Nacho is better. But you can compare them cause they play the same role. Creating, organasing, passing, etc.

  • beyethegreat

    May 3, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Good to know we can agree at some point Beye.
    But you know I’m not one of those who change their view in order to agree with others. I have my own view and I don’t change it unless I’m proven wrong.

    when have we disagreed i have always said the 30 minutes i saw of nacho he was goood the only thing i questioned is his fitness if he is fit and shearer isnt playing him maybe he hasnt shone in training

  • beyethegreat

    May 3, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16

    also why did valencia loan him out

  • TheToonKing

    May 3, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Loosing Barton is a tremendous blow for us , he, Viduka and Bassong are the only ones who looked like proper players today.

    We ca still stay up but only if we get very lucky which isn’t very Newcastle like ………

    To be honest i’m pretty sure we’re relegated and we deserve it….hopefully we can come back up, but a lot of things need to change in order to do that.


  • chuck

    May 3, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Sure as hell got that right Ed.
    We got a shit team, a tight ass owner, a rookie manager who plays three strikers against L`pool.
    what was he thinking, the best we could have hoped for was to emulate Chelsea against Barca last week, kick the bejasus out of them and go for the point.
    Did you ever look around you and say, how the feck did I get myself in this position, well thats where this club is at and it`s going to be a long hard road back, aaaaaaaaaaargh !

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #19


    loaning him out immediately to an english club was part of the contract. They don’t know Nacho as a player either.

    Nacho has shone in Danubio and in Uruguay so far. And he won’t shine in NU unless Shearer plays him..

  • sohica17

    May 3, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #20

    i was not expecting any points tonight,
    but tomorrow hull city must be beaten, and we will drag them down!!!!!!

  • davis_toons

    May 3, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #21

    To be fair …I saw some clips in “youtube” showing Nacho was quite a confidence player which often created chances for the team.

    Hopfully he is ready and willing to help the team

  • jimiley

    May 3, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    We have only one win in 20 games but we can still win our last three. Keep the faith. Butt, Smith and Jonas to score against Smogs. Form is temporary but class is permanent. We have players who are top 4 quality they just have not showed it for a while. They will start showing some fight from now on.

  • jimiley

    May 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    We can win our last three games. Keep the faith. I believe we will nedd to win at least two, probably three, because Hull will beat Stoke at Hull. Stoke are safe and have given up.

  • jimiley

    May 3, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Shearer has done to Owen exactly what Gullit did to him. Owen will never score again for NUFC and will be off in the summer. We will stay up without Owen.

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #25

    davis_toons ,

    surely you saw a resume of just 5 of his games in Danubio (copa libertadores), with some clips of the game he played against Brazil.

    This one: right? The vid could have been much better as he scored 45 goals for Danubio. For instance, he was also in the game Uruguay beaten Peru 6-0 with a ball possession of 85%.

  • davis_toons

    May 3, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Players are good before they sign for Newcastle Utd.

    But after they sign – The managers down the years and etc plus the instability of the club just can’t bring the best out from the players.

    e.g. What happens when youngsters N.Ranger were to go to Man Utd.

    – I BELIEVE he will be even better player. / (Or scoring against us by now)

    Bottom line – Club problem.



  • JamGold

    May 3, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #27


    whether we deserve to survive or not is irrelevant.

    Let’s get real though, we were never going to get anything from today, our players have no confidence.

    The fact is: our season starts now.

    The players need to forget what has gone on: what points we’ve dropped, what decsions have gone against us, what poor defending we have made…

    Our season is now a 3-game session, where we have home games against middlesborough, who are equal if not worse than us right now; fulham, whom we can beat, and villa away on the last game of season, a team who are playing poorly and martin o’neill has been known (especially at celtic to try some youth players at the end of the season)

    6 points should be good enough to come top of the league, as our league only consists of us, boro and hull (who can’t buy a result now and for the last 3 months)

    So, Lets start fresh and win the league!

  • jimiley

    May 3, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #28

    davis toons
    Are you saying Shearer is no good?

  • 41 years of pain

    May 3, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #29

    We’ve been in decline since Sir Bobby Robson was disposed of, I know performances under him were dipping but this would never have happened if the club had planned carefully, Shepherd should have kept quiet about not renewing his contract and would have had virtually a full season to find a suitable replacement. Instead they effectively sacked him, Souness ripped the team apart, Roeder should never have been given a second season, should have given Fat Sam a chance and should NEVER have appointed KK, that was always a disaster waiting to happen. No matter what Ashley may have done including appointing Wise most if not all of us reading this have fallen out with the boss at work. In the real world people sort out their differences and get on with it, we don’t throw our toys out of the pram and walk away. Keegan leaving us in the lurch at the start of the season is the MAIN reason why there has been no stability at the club resulting in our amost inevitable relegation. I’m old enough to have seen it twice before both times took a few years for us return can see no reason why that will change on this occasion. Sad times and to think the only reasons why our friends a few mile s down the coast won’t be relegated is because we are so bad.

  • stk85

    May 3, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Right, Nacho has been incognito all season, and he’s hardly gonna make a difference now. why? cos he’s INJURED, CONSTANTLY. please let it die!

    bartons a disgrace like. cannot believe it. i think ashley should dock at least 50% of their annual wages because there is no way they deserve to pick up huge unfathomable sums whilst the paying public survive and pamper their lavish lifestyles on 20% of owens weekly salary, annually. but its probably in law that u can’t do that.

    maybe championship and a wage cap are the way forward. get ppl playing for nufc coz tehy want to.

    apparently winning is a psychological thing for tehse people…. ummm not our players! sickening. pub time again.

    sod the lot of you pathetic excuses. u dont deserve the shirt

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31


    “NicoGF // May 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM


    I will use against u a phrase I learnt here:

    “fans like u need to be shot in the head twice (second time to make sure ur dead)””

    your response in post #8 is completely out of order in response to my post in #3.

    I find you to be very disrespectful, monotonous, and unable to create meaningful debate. I believe your posts would be better suited for a ‘Nacho’ site.

    Please take a look at yourself, and ask yourself if you are holding yourself to a high enough standard as a person and as a contributor to this site. Cheers.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 3, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Michael Owen is a useless, greedy, helicopter flying, scouse, horse shagger.
    He has bled Newcastle United for all he can get.
    We should kicked his arse into touch a long time ago.
    Owen does not even deserve to play for North Shields Blind School Reserve team.
    Apologies to any blind readers !!!

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Danish, my post actually has sense, maybe you weren’t smart enough to notice it.

    You keep selecting the same players that got us into this nightmare.. that’s all..

  • davis_toons

    May 3, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #34


    I’m not saying Shearer is no good.


    But after they sign – The managers down the years and etc plus the instability of the club just can’t bring THE BEST out from the players.

    Shearer might have agreed. If he was to be in Man Utd he might have scored even more get more award. Tats the fact.

    Even Alan Smith, do score goals during his Man Utd days runing around the midfield area.

    This tells us somthing.

    We need the “CHANGE”

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #35

    It was obvious from the start what would happen. The absence of Jonas and the starting presence of Butt and Smith. Matters were made worse by putting on Owen. Only Bassong, Barton and Viduka showed any gumption. If, or when, we go down I want most of the hopeless gutless twats playing today shown the door. You talk about we have quality players Al – where are they? Why Butt as captain? We had more scousers in the squad than Liverpool.

  • NicoGF

    May 3, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Gonna take a nap now. Has been a long and beautiful sunny day over here. Need to get my energy back.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 3, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry, it should read :
    We should HAVE kicked his arse into touch a long time ago.
    Apologies once again, to all of our visually impaired readers.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Who do you guys think will be guaranteed to leave the club given relegation?

    I believe the following will leave with more or less 100% certainty:

    Coloccini, Jonas, Duff, Barton, Owen, Viduka, Smith, Martins

    Leaves us with:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster,

    RB: Beye,
    CB: Bassong, S. Taylor, Edgar (contract renewed?)
    LB: Enrique,

    RW: R. Taylor, LuaLua
    CM: Butt, Guthrie, Nolan

    ST: Carroll, Xisco, Løvenkrands, Ranger

    Even with the departure of the above-mentioned players, we need to bring in a left-winger or two, and two players that can cover the full-back positions (and central defense). We are not too far off a team that could go back up IF we can keep ahold of the bulk of the players.

  • chuck

    May 3, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #39

    A shit team, a tight ass owner, a pookie manager who plays three strikers against L`pool, what was he thinking ?
    Shoulda taken a page from Chelseas book and kicked the bejasus out of The Pool for the point.
    That does`nt mean I condone Bartons tackle, that sociopath should have been sold a long time ago, guys an unrepentant bully who just does`nt get it, we dont need people like that no matter how bad things are, get rid of him, please !
    Well sure looks bad for the club (dont give a shit about Ashley) gonna be a hard road back, unless we get a new owner with cash to spend.
    So far not impressed by Shearers tactical sense, yeah I know we dont have the horses, but is this the guy to reorganize and rebuild the club, thats the big question.

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #40

    I can see Ashley, after his meeting to threaten a cull, stripping this club and selling it on (or back) to a consortium fronted by Shepherd. Ashley will behave like any other free marketeer – make the employees, the workers, pay the price. Just as though he had been running BMW, a bailed out bank, or some other credit crunched enterprise. We can beat Boro and Fulham and get a last ditch point at Villa. But not with the a load of the shite who pulled on a black and white shirt today and proceeded to dishonour it in front of watching thousands. I would make the gutless lot refund the fares of all the travelling fans!!!


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