Newcastle Can Hardly Blame Referees For Their Demise

We heard Alan Shearer blaming referee Howard Webb last night, for not allowing Mark Viduka’s goal yesterday after 50 minutes.


Alan Shearer – should rip into his players – not the referee

But let’s not play the blame game, or the woulda coulda shoulda game. Mark’s goal should have been allowed and Nicky Butt should have scored at the death – we should have won the game 2-1 and everything would be great. While that may make us feel better – it’s just not what happened – so we need a reality check.

The lads were beaten yesterday because they didn’t show the energy and commitment they showed on Monday night – that’s the plain truth.

We have to start admitting too many of  our players just don’t have the guts and glory when it really matters – and there needs to be a lot of unloading of players carried out in the summer – whatever happens next Sunday.

And it’s hard to blame the referee for the demise of Newcastle United this season.

It’s all our fault.

Not only has the Newcastle Board made some terrible decisions, but last September Kevin Keegan got on his high horse again and walked out on the club. Oh sorry he was sacked, according to Kevin, even though the Board issued a statement saying he was never sacked – before he decided to leave. And he is now trying to take the club to the cleaners for £8M.

What’s that we heard from Keegan about loving Newcastle United?

That left the club high and dry, and it’s not the first time Kevin has put himself above club teams (Newcastle twice, Fulham, Manchester City ……) and he even walked out on England after we lost at home to Germany.

The fact that Keegan left after 3 games certainly didn’t help, but we still had ample time to recover – but we didn’t and haven’t. And Newcastle have again gone to different managers to try to save the side – including Keegan, Hughton (twice), Kinnear and Shearer – and that’s all in one season.

We have to face up to the fact that we deserve to be relegated – whether we survive next Sunday or not – this team deserves to be relegated.

In our last 12 games we have one win and 4 draws – 7 points from 12 games is hardly any referees fault – and it’s a pathetic record for such a strong squad. When the tests have come for the team the players have failed us – again and again and again ……………….

No – if we go down we should stand up and be counted – unlike our players this season – and admit we deserved it. We just weren’t good enough – and the results have proved that.

Then we have to regroup and build a team that will come straight back up next year – but there are lots of our current players we will not need or want for that.

There are too many heartless and gutless wonders in our current bunch of overpaid and over-pampered “stars”.

23 comments so far

  • cjcox88

    May 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I get what you mean Ed but I think there is a difference between blaming the ref for the situatio and blaming him from yesterday. If we got the point we rightfully deserved we would still be out of the bottom 3 and i believe that that would have been enough to keep us up. That bad decision is gonna cost us relegation because I cant see us getting a result from next week. So even though technically its our own fault over the course of the season, in fact this could be the decision that could send us down!

  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, your closing para’s summed it up for me.

    Im resigned to the fact that we are down.

    Ive had enough of our players and the excuses and the gutless overpaid pampered ar$es can sod off at the end of the season.

    I support NUFC and once they are gone the club will remain.

    Premier or Championship – either way I will be there.

    I emplore everyone not to abandon sjp – but can fully appreciate, understand, empathise and agree if you dont.

    Im not even bothered about watching footie today – now thats a first.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3


    I emplore everyone not to abandon sjp – but can fully appreciate, understand, empathise and agree if you dont go back.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 17, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #4

    The problem with Newcastle United is that we’ve been reactive rather than proactive for the last 10 years (or longer).

    There appears to have been no long-term plan.

    Instead we’ve been lurching from crisis to crisis, snap-buying players, sacking managers after a few months and generally screwing it all up.

    Change needs to begin from the top down. If it doesn’t change at the top, the rest of it is pointless.

    Ashley either needs to clear off or employ a Chairman with enough football knowledge to know what needs to be done and to draw up – and keep to – a 5 year plan to get there.

    Of course, Ashley (or whoever owns the club) will need to fund that plan.

    Then a manager needs to be appointed (Shearer or otherwise) for 5 years to see that plan through.

    Then fans need to be patient and the club’s owner, chairman and manager will all have to stop being so sensitive to knee-jerk reactions from armchair managers like us.

    There is no quick fix to Newcastle’s problems.

    Should we get relegated next week – and it’s looking likely – we can’t assume we’ll come straight back up either.

    Championship football will be a shock, the club will be in financial turmoil and more than one season in the Championship is quite likely.

    All we can do is readjust and hope that Ashley has what it takes or that he sells the club to someone who does.

  • MarkO

    May 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5


    No way well beat Villa not the way were playin and even though Man U will beat Hull i cant see us getting anything at Villa.

    Im still going to support the team in the championship, but i wont be going to any matches. Championship is such a poor standard and i cant face watching it every week.

  • DanToon

    May 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I was at the game yesterday sat in the South East corner, the ref played his part but when we get to the edge of the 18 yard box they haven’t got a clue! We will do down, brace yourself’s.

    BTW… Why have most fans had Premier League style names and numbers on your new shirts when we are going in to the Championship? Brand new shirt ruined. I’m waiting to find out what league we are in before I have a number on mine!

  • mcvicar

    May 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    totaly agree the players have let us down this season but the played some good stuff yesterday and i think we had bad luck on the day also alan shouldnt of took guthrie off and jonas needs to sort out his final ball are its a waist of time him getting a start imo

  • Girth

    May 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #8

    here here toon graeme,
    ill be there, whatever division we are in, would prob disagree with the empathy part though, im as gutted as everyone else, but to only support the club when we are in the premiership??? as criminal as a man u supporter from Bangladesh! this would only go to back the idea of being the self appointed ‘loyalist football supports’ and show to the whole world we are all mouth! Our success has only been relative to the past 10-15 years, where were we before that? You don’t have a choice when it come to supporting your club in my opinion, its just something you do!
    Tomorrow is indeed another day and who knows where we may be in another 10 years, champ league?

  • Doocey

    May 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Hull lose and we draw we’re safe.

    Odds of that happening? Increasingly wayward 🙁

  • marshy

    May 17, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I think ed you are being a bit harsh on keegan,he walked because he had players thrust on him that he didn’t want and that I would think broke his contract.we have been in a steady decline since dalglish was manager when poor standard players were brought in until ashley came on the scene and we have nosedived.what is needed now is a top class manager in with maybe shearer in the background learning the ropes.which has about as much chance of happening as me being the next man on the moon.

  • marshy

    May 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    p.s when I say a top class manager I mean world class like hiddink or the current england boss.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 17, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    marshy – yes I know – I’m just so annoyed at the situation with Newcastle right now!

  • David Allison

    May 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon Graeme / Girth, you are exactly right; but whilst Graeme can understand why some would not want to return to SJP next season, this is something I cannot relate to. MarkO, we need the support of our fans more than ever if we get relegated to the Championship; this is OUR club and you need to show your undying support of the Toon if we are to become a Premiership team again. We need the backing of the fans to ensure the team gets the best results and the financial side is also important – less tickets equals less gate receipts equals financial difficulty. We are as much responsible for the future of the club as all the other elements.

  • Doocey

    May 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Who isn’t Ed?

    If we go down I can’t see us coming back up either!

    And Ed, congrats on 18th Million view 😉

  • Sav

    May 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, its a funny time for you to be turning into a severe critic, when you have been preaching calm and ‘lets support and see what happens’ for most of the season. There is one game to go and after the patient is dead is time enough for the autopsy.

    Perhaps you are ready to pack in the blog and its showing? I think your summary of the Keegan affair is unfair. He left jobs in the past for a variety reasons, not just always on a whim as you suggest. Should he have stayed and papered over the fact that Wise was running the club? Did Ashley back him over Wise? You know the answers. And as you say, that was just 3 games in – plenty of time to rescue the situation. As for his pay-out, if he was ‘constructively dismissed’ or had his job description misrepresented, he deserves whatevr the court decides. Don’t feel sorry for Mike Ashley, he’ll still have a shirt on his back and that money will only come off the Toon Transfer Fund if Ashley decides it will.

    You could point out that our decline began when Mort left and Ashley/Llambias stepped up their involvement in running the club. Having Mort as Chairman gave support to Keegan and kept Ashley in the background. But in many ways our decline goes back much further than any of these.

    In fairness to Al, in whose honesty and guts I have great faith, he didn’t make a song and dance about Webb’s decision. Contrary to many of today’s headlines. As cjcox says, it might not rectify our rotten season but the extra point could make all the difference to which league we finish in.

    I reckon we owe it to Shearer to stay onside for one more match.
    He has lost his best centreback but the mess we are in is not Al’s making. I hope he stays whether we are relegated or not, precisely because unlike Mike Ashley, unlike Llambias, unlike Michael Owen, Freddie Shepherd, Natcho, Xisco, Groucho and Harpo, I trust him. I hope he gets well paid (like Keegan)
    but I believe he cares about the club and his own reputation. Money can’t buy that.

    Finally, I hope you find a way to reconcile running your life and running this blog.
    Its been great. Well done.

  • toon in Kampala

    May 17, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Atleast Adidas didn’t put zippers on our new kit,like Chelsea’s….or zippers are 4 champions league aristocrats and not championship brawlers

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Agreed Ed, we can’t blame referees for us being utter sh1te. We can blame that stupid bald Yorkshire pig cnt for disallowing a perfectly legitimate goal that may well’ve sealed our fate though.

    Obviously mistakes are made by officials week-in week-out and tend to cancel themselves out over a season – but this one was a BIGGIE, in a proverbial cup-final, and deserves an extra large slice of Blame Pie! (with trouble cream).

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #18

    …good post Sav too, btw. Mort was a very strict disciplinarian. Not holding on to him has cost us.

  • NicoGF

    May 17, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    ‘let’s not play the woulda coulda shoulda game’ 100% Agreed.

  • NicoGF

    May 17, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #20

    ‘The lads were beaten yesterday because they didn’t show the energy and commitment they showed on Monday night – that’s the plain truth.’

    Big contradiction.. you already said in other thread that the so-called HUGE PERFORMANCE against BORO wasn’t so huge at all.. u recognized that we can only beat the ones below us..(u said it). So.. let’s not take into consideration our perf. against boro…

    If we lost against Fulham it wasn’t because we didn’t show the same that we did against Fulham (we did) it just didn’t work, we even almost used the same line-ups come on… it just didn’t work, Fulham is a football side (unlike boro or newcastle). Let’s make sense.

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Nico, go spunk on ye mam’s tits, ye fkn freak

  • NicoGF

    May 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #22

    But still.. I agree with Ed when he says:

    LET’S NOT PLAY THE WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA GAME… 🙂 we are shit and we’re sick of it.. it’s not ref’s fault for GOD SAKE…

    Get Over It.

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #23

    ….just did. Next obstacle please…………..


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