We could have told Joey Barton before he did it, that it was always going to be a losing proposition – arguing with Alan Shearer in front of his players – especially when Joey didn’t have a leg to stand on in his argument. He should have buttoned his lip, but then again this is Joey Barton.
Alan Shearer – concentrating on Middlesbrough game – can we win it?
He let the side down, plain and simple, and he knows it.
It’s not the first time he’s done that at Newcastle, but most fans are hoping it’s the last time he does that, as he is now more than likely to be sent packing from Newcastle, as reports this morning suggest the club is even looking into what legal right they have to sack the lad.
John Beresford, who played fro Newcastle under Kevin Keegan from 1992 until 1998, had this to say to the Evening Chronicle this morning:
“He’s made a big mistake.” “He’s shown no respect to the manager and none at all to the fans.”
“The biggest tragedy of the whole thing is that Joey is actually a good player.” “But at a time when you want everyone pulling together this is the last thing people need.”
“When Joey looks back on it all rationally he will realise just how big a mistake he’s made.” “To speak to him one on one, you wonder what all the fuss is about.”
“But he showed at Liverpool why you just can’t have such liabilities in your side.”
Alan Shearer is now preparing for the game against Middlesbrough next Monday night, and we’ll just have to hope that the other teams continue to lose but on Saturday Sunderland play at Bolton, and Hull City play Stoke City at the KC Stadium, and they must win that game, if they are to put 6 points between themselves and Newcastle.
If Hull do win that game against Stoke, it will be very difficult for Newcastle to survive, because two wins in the last three games is unlikely, when we’ve had only one vicotry in the last 19 games, and just 6 wins in the 35 league games we’ve played this season.
So if we win 2 of our last 3 wins, that will increase our wins for the season in the league by a full third (about 33%) – amazing to say the least.
How we are still in this position however, is beyond us, with the players we now have available – you cannot accuse the vast majority of players at Newcastle with foing theiur job this season, can you?
John Beresford was asked if he though this latest situation at the club will impact the lads for the Middlesbrough game:
“I hope it doesn’t.” “For me though it will probably cleanse things a bit following Sunday at Liverpool.”
“Whatever way you look at this, it’s do or die.” “Both teams go into it knowing that only victory will do.”
“I’m stunned that Newcastle are even in this position.” “A draw could relegate both, which would be unbelievable.”
“And part of you is asking ‘do they want to stay up?’ “I’m sure they do.” “But they must start against Middlesbrough and you are of course looking at Hull and Sunderland to drop points again.”
The good news is that we shouldn’t even be in with a chance of staying up, having gained just 4 points from our last 10 league games, and scored just 4 goals in that period.
That’s just absolutely pathetic and we deserve to be relegated is we cannot improve on that record in our last 3 games of the season, it’s as simple as that.