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.