It All Will Be Alex Ferguson’s Fault


Steven Taylor summed up the mood in the Newcastle United dressing room after the Fulham defeat by uttering:

“We’re devastated.”

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Steven Taylor – devastated by loss

But the Newcastle defender  sees no reason why the Magpies can’t beat Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

Well Steven , we’ve won just two games away from home this season, against relegated WBA and Portsmouth who were then being managed by the hopeless Tony Adams, just before he was sacked.

Sorry to bring in a bit of realism to the conversation.

We are now back to 3rd bottom and need at least one point to ensure we stay up, but even then if Hull draw we’re down.

Newcastle and Middlesbrough have to be strong favorites to take the drop next Sunday.

Steven talked to the Shields Gazette today:

“We’re just devastated – it was there for us,” “It’s down to us as players – it’s important we stick together.”

“It’s disappointing for us, but the last game of the season is Aston Villa, and there’s no reason why we can’t do it.”

“We beat them here 2-0 earlier this season, and with the right sort of performance, we can do it.”

“If we show the same belief and confidence we did against Middlesbrough, we’ll be OK.”

The Fulham game was decided by Diomansy Kamara’s 41st-minute strike, which looked to us offside, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Steven Taylor continued:

“We stuck to our game plan. We had chances and I didn’t see anything wrong with the goal. The referee has killed us with that.”

“We had good chances, and Mark Schwarzer made two good saves. The fans did everything they could. They were fantastic, and we thank them.”

“Man United are a top class side, no matter what team they field,”  “They’ll want to win and go out in style, but we just have to focus on our jobs.”

We find it ironic that everybody is wondering whether Ferguson will field a weakened team nest Sunday at Hull.

We suppose if Hull win next Sunday,  and Newcastle get relegated,  it will all be Alex Ferguson’s fault, just like it was Howard Webb’s  fault on Saturday.

Please – give us a break.

Comments welcome.


223 comments so far

  • DJM TOON

    May 18, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    it’ll be everyones fault. but mainly ours (nufc’S)

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  • I dont see how you can start blaming everyone. If Newcastle had held on against Wigan, Man City, Stoke etc we wouldnt be in this mess. At the end of the day we havent been good enough all season and if we go down it is because of that not because of Howard Webb or Sir Alex Ferguson.

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  • lesh

    May 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Of course it’ll be Alex Ferguson’s fault if we go down. After all, he’s been responsible for:

    Appointing Wise;
    Not intervening when the Wise/ Keegan power struggle kicked off;
    Backing Wise for so long;
    Selling good players and
    Signing inadequate and expensive replacments;
    Failing to appoint a manager on Keegan’s departure;
    Persisting with Hghton when he was clearly out of his depth;
    Not seeing the writing on the wall that relegation was a possibility;
    Appointing JFK and
    Allowing Wise to grate on him;
    Reverting to Hughton when JFK was hospitalised;
    Again, not seeing relegation staring him in the face;
    Not apponinting a replacement sooner;
    Appointing Shearer with only eight games left…..

    Yes, Sir Alex has a lot to answer for but on the plius side, he used his spare time to deliver Man U’s 18th championship and win some other silverware to boot.

    Thanks from an appreciative Geordie nation.

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  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    noone else to blame but the shower on the pitch. All teams have 38 games to amass as many points as they can. The table doesnt lie and we are the 3rd worst team. FACT

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  • nufcindia

    May 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont make that we were too good against middlesbrough. We were playing the same way. Got a goal from a corner,after that one of Martins chances went in. Against fulham also we got chances but it didnt go in. thats it. But the way we play is still terrible. Why does the manager doesnt see these things on the pitch. People try hopeless long ball which 3 out of 4 times doesnt reach the target and whenever reaches the target its of no use. The problem is the opponents doesnt have to work to get the ball from us. They just have to wait maximum 5 passes. within that time we will try a long ball. Whoever reads this count the number of times nicky butt tries a long and find the percentage of its success. I have tried this and its less than 10% and of this 10%, 9% are those even if it reaches the target the player can do nothing. Yes i think Butt should be in the team because he is best def midfielder in the team but he is man who is trying to create things. I dont know how its going to work. there r problems in the tactics and no one sees it.

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  • JRo1892

    May 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6

    only have ourselves to blame, but when your down there it doesnt help when referees are against you

    -bad mistake for the fulham goal – even when taylor played him on why did he go to the line and not cover kamara – shows no faith in harper…dont blame him on that

    -hit the post

    -their keeper pulled off a great save

    -vidukas goal should of stood

    take positives into villa game, was always going to be easier than fulham
    man utd will beat hull ronaldo wants the golden boot so he will start and score

    keep the faith, Howay the toon

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  • lesh

    May 18, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    It’ll be Ferguson’s fault that:

    West Ham have nothing to play for when they host Boro;

    Chelsea’ll have an ey on the FA cup final when they visit Sunderland;

    Man U’ll have an eye on the Champinons League when they vist Hull and

    Villa’ll be up for a good win to round off a good season when they entertain the Toon.

    Yup, Sir Alex’s managed to influence the fixtures as well.

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  • nufcindia

    May 18, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    And i believe one more losing against fulham was good for us. It is now that we r so upset. After monday we were very happy

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  • Ericles

    May 18, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    We run the risk of Ferguson putting out a weakened team of reserves etc. That is the way he works – especially as they have the title in the bag. Can we rely on our bunch of overpaid divas? We have to get a draw at least and hope Hull do lose. Whatever happens we have got to have a massive clear out for next season.We still not know if Shearer will stay on either.

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  • Billy Bunter

    May 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Kevin Keegan should be stoned and flogged by every Geordie that meets him from this day forward. The man is a scumbag – he caused all of this – he is a self centred coward – oh yes – I remember – he loves us – what a low life.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Raffo – not ‘FACT’. ‘OPINION’, mate.

    Our team ain’t great – but is it really worst than Stoke’s? Hull’s? Frankly, you look at the squad list and that’s a top-half side. If we had more depth, it’d be top 6.

    BUT try this as a comparison: take the Man-U squad, strip out a third of them to give them the same weakness against injuries and suspensions, and then:

    1. Give them 5 managers in one season, half of whom just aren’t up to the job.

    2. Give them all the scandal, media attention and high-profile nightmares we’ve had.

    3. Give them total uncertainty over their jobs and the club’s status next season.

    Would they be relegated? No – because they are a better side. But I’d bet they would be bottom half.

    It’s not just the team: it’s the environment in which they’ve been asked to play. Yes, they’ve failed to deliver under those circumstances, but I really find it hard to blame them for that.

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  • batty

    May 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Billy Bunter // May 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Kevin Keegan should be stoned and flogged by every Geordie that meets him from this day forward. The man is a scumbag – he caused all of this – he is a self centred coward – oh yes – I remember – he loves us – what a low life
    <<<<<is that u stardust

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  • batty

    May 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    i hope keegan get millions LONG LIVE KING KEV

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  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Whumpie

    On your summary it would appear that the man right at the top of the pile is to blame for fckin us up then?

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Billy, that’s garbage. Yep, he quit when perhaps he should have just taken the cr*p that was being thrown at him.

    But what you’re saying is just garbage. Yes, I resent him for walking, but all the evidence we have points at him having good reason to do so. For a start, do you think the club would be stumping up £8m rather than going to court, if it didn’t know it had driven him out?

    Lay off KK: just because his departure marked the start of this year’s problems does NOT mean that he was the cause.

    The blame lies squarely with Ashley. I’ve defended him a lot, but he’s utterly screwed the pooch on this one and it’s likely cost us our top-flight status.

    BUT: I hope he stays and puts it right. I hope Shearer and Dowie stay and continue to show how a club should be run. I hope a few of the current 1st team stay, to help our younguns re-start from the ground up.

    If relegation is what it takes, then so be it.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Stuart: Yep.

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  • batty

    May 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Billy Bunter // May 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Kevin Keegan should be stoned and flogged by every Geordie that meets him from this day forward. The man is a scumbag – he caused all of this – he is a self centred coward – oh yes – I remember – he loves us – what a low life
    <<<<<YOUR MOST PROB A DIRTY MACKEM SCUMBAG

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  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #18

    whumpie,

    I view the table as a matter of fact. It doesnt matter if we have a few more highly paid players who supposedly are better, but those teams are higher in the league and are therefore better. Would we all agree that Man u are the best team in the EPL? or Barca in the spanish league?

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  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Whumpie // May 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Stuart: Yep.

    Totally and utterly agree!

    Ashley out!

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Raffo – missing the point. You can have the best team in the world, but if you don’t give them the structure and conditions to operate in, they won’t win matches.

    I accept we’ve got some useless hangers-on, but they are few and now largely sidelined.

    So you either argue that all the others have, by some massive coincidence, all hit the worst form of their careers at exactly the same time, or you can look for the common denominator.

    Everything from the manager upwards has been what can only be described as a clusterf**k. That – not the quality of the players – is why we are teetering on the edge today.

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  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #21

    what so the changing and mucking around that you think has been the root cause of our problems, the solution is to go and do it again!?

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  • ganiyu

    May 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #22

    the squad is too short.i.e short players

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Stuart: I actually (and only marginally) think I want Ashley to stay. He seems to have grudgingly given in and let some football people run the club now. I also think that Big Al and Dowie have what it takes to re-shape the team and start us on the road back up. Ashley stops the club going under as a business, and Al and Iain run the transfers, training and team.

    Works for me. I’d much rather have a known evil like Ashley than some crook from abroad with big pockets and the morals of a rabid hyena.

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  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Ok calm down people – Ed this is a very provoking article.

    Every1 is pi$$ed off with whats gone on and whats been done 2 our great club, but we need 2 pull together and be strong at the last.

    We can blame several people 4 our demise since the Great Sir Bobby went, but this clubs future is potentially hanging in the balance – its make or break on sunday.

    There is no point concluding and blaming anybody right now – this will all be conjecture if we will on sunday. Or if owen scores a hat-trick.

    We must unite and succeed come sunday – and only then should heads roll. There are bigger fish 2 fry this week than the blame-game. Save it 4 sunday night.

    NUFC – the final push 4 survival – the only topic that matters this week.

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  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    i agree that the situation in board room has been a major factor in stuff, but how on earth can you suggest that is the root cause?

    Who takes to the field on a saturday? the players turn up train and go home. do you really think they give a monkeys as long as they get their vast sum in the bank account each week? I think it is a laughable notion to suggest the players are beyond blame because of the boardroom antics.

    Christ, this is delusion and one of the many reasons why other fans laugh at us!

    Get a grip, we do not have a good team. Yeah take out players from the top four and of course they would struggle, look at l’pool with torres and gerrard, but how many of our players would get into the teams in the top 4? Top 6? Top 10? I dont think there are any! Owen on form couldnt buy his way into a top 10 team.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #26

    tdt – well said. Fun discussion, though.

    Can anyone confirm whether the match is now on Sky?

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  • Rodzilla

    May 18, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Whumpie, no news yet. I’d imagine they’ll wait on the mackem result tonight and announce sumik tomorrow. There’s gona be 3 games televised though. I’d be gobsmacked if ours wasn’t one of them.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Raffo – see what you’re saying, but alas it’s based on a huge misconception, i.e. “do you really think they give a monkeys as long as they get their vast sum in the bank account each week?”

    Yes. They totally eat, sleep and breathe it. That is why they are in the top 250 players in the country.

    This twoddle that money makes everything ok annoys the hell out of me. I’ve been rich and poor (I can make it, but can’t keep it!) and one thing I can promise is this: your bank balance does not change your human nature.

    If these guys were only playing for money, then right now we’d be on a winning streak, because right now it’s their bank accounts suffering to the tune of millions. They are failing to deliver because they have had no consistency, constant upheaval and uncertainty, and because it’s very hard to keep trying when all you get is stick from the likes of you.

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  • lesh

    May 18, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Whumpie ans Stuart, I’d like to think that MA’s eventually learned that running a big club’s not a game of luck..

    The business’s management has been text-book rubbish and I’ll give MA the benefit of the doubt and trust that he’s a bit more professional in running his mainstream business.

    It’s no good calling for his departure coz he’ll not be going anywhere for a while so we’ve got to get behind him and trust that he’s learned a lot from his failed and very expensive sojourn into football.

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  • Whitey

    May 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #30

    lets just blame fergie anyway because hes a twat lol

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  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #31

    you would think that it would be our game, hulls game and the scum game as long as either can go down. That would also show the champions last game too whilst getting all the crucial action with the games still to decide something.

    though watch them put man city or stoke on!!

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  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Thanks Whumpie. Really hope the toon game and the hull game r on, also the mackems as hopefully they’ll loss tonight. What an insentive that would be – win 2 relegate sunderland! I’d love it… just love it 🙂 positivity is the only way forward from here guys. keep the faith.

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  • Billy Bunter

    May 18, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Whumpie – I didn’t know that the club was paying Keegan his 8mill – where have you read that? I thought they were in arbitration.

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  • reetpetite

    May 18, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I hope the game is on sky. I am looking forward to the geordie sprogs with there little faces painted and tears strolling down there cheeks at full time. I will use an image as a screensaver on my pc.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Billy B – Yep, I think they are. But arbitration is something a defendant goes into to avoid paying court costs when they lose…

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  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Tears of relief and joy because we’ve just relegated the mackems – now that would be a good screensaver image.

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Hi Benny…

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  • Whumpie

    May 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Putting Scumberland down – not even on goal difference, but on number of goals scored. That’s the stuff film scripts are made of.

    Perhaps that’s what Ashley’s been playing for all along – a £200m movie deal 🙂

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  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    haha if it happens i’d pay 2 see a film about it!

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  • reetpetite

    May 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    sunderland wont go down because it would mean newcatle winning away at villa which isnt going to happen.

    I have been on a villa blog all morning(pretending to be a geordie and saying how we will stuff them) and they are really starting to get wound up. They will hopefully now get right behind there team.

    just doing by little bit!

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