The Positive Side Of Relegation at Newcastle

We were very upset that Newcastle on Saturday, when they had a massive chance to deliver the goods for the Newcastle fans, let us down – once again.


Alan Shearer – we hope he stays on if we are relegated

And yesterday was not a good day for us, and not a good day for Newcastle fans in general and some of our complaints and criticism probably was over the top.

But we felt better afterwards, and the Newcastle players can take it – if they got depressed about what was written they could always go and peruse their bank statements. 😀

We had though about having a blank page for this article but though we’d be too smart for our own good if we did that, so we will list some of the things the club needs to do if we are relegated.

We’re sure Llambias and Ashley have a Plan B but whether they are taking any of Alan’s time with it is debatable – he really doesn’t need or want to know – and will be concentrating this week on Sunday’s game.

By the way for those who can get to Newcastle United TV, you must watch Alan’s interview after the Fulham defeat – what a class act this man is.

Here are some of the things that need to be done in the unfortunate even of relegation:

  • Appoint Alan Shearer as full time manager – and let Alan run the club. A joint statement from Mike and Alan, who we are told get on famously should be issued.
  • Ashley and LLambias will need to sort out the financial side of things and reduce the back-room staff to save money, as well as unloading some of our more highly paid players – we’ll not necessarily say they are our best players.
  • Announce which players will need to leave the club, because we cannot afford them. We expect those to be Owen, Viduka, Geremi, Gutierrez, Coloccini, Cacapa, Xisco and Barton.
    Don’t be surprised if Alan tries to get Viduka to stay for one more season at a reduced wage. He’s been fantastic for us under Shearer.
  • Shearer needs to finally identify those players we need in the Championship who can get us straight back up. Iain Dowie will be a huge help after getting Crystal Palace promoted a few years ago.
  • During the summer build up the squad of good players, who may have to be younger since we’ll be in the Championship, but we can also start using some of our fabulous youngsters next year like Carroll, Ranger, Tozer, Kadar, Krul, LuaLua, Vuckic and others.

Fast forward to late September, and we are top of the Championship, having won 7 games and lost just one to WBA of all clubs, and would you believe the side got 47,000 at their last ho,me game, when they thrashed QPR 4-0 at St. James’ Park.

If all that happens we can soon forget about relegation and look forward to Alan Shearer leading us eventually back into Europe.

As we said this is the positive side of relegation – there will not b an article on the negative side.

Why?  Because we’re not that stupid.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    New owners!

  • Raffo

    May 18, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I am worried as all are. I live in Yorkshire and all my in laws and locals around here are saying at least i will get to see them more often, which is great but I dont want too if we stay up!!

    I think theres still a chance sunderland will go doon, which will give me so much pleasure given the ribbing received lately, but I think we will get a draw at best so we need manure to win and i am sorry to say that i think they will put out a weak team. I dont think that should be allowed as it is obvious that they are playing in a very important game and surely there should be some sort of mutual respect and honour in them playing a relatively strong team? If they were playing Stoke for eg then fine play the u18’s for all I care but theres 3 clubs’ relegation hopes resting on that game.

    On another issue, we must play 442, play martins and duke up top and play lua lua on the right wing. I think we shouldve played some of the youth before now as it seems clear to me that there are not enough players at the club who give 2 shits about nufc. Theres too many who will move on without a thought should we go down. Not enough of the players care and that is evident and angers me so much. I would play for free, let alone 65k a week and I want 11 players fighting to the bitter end on sunday. Players that feel something for the club, have an affection for the club and that is more the youth players.

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3


    Where’s all this money coming from to re-build the squad?

    Ashley can’t afford to invest his own money.

    We’ll be cutting costs not buying new players. For this reason I believe if we go down we might just go down again!

    Without investment were in for another struggle!

  • DanToon

    May 18, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    The positive side of relegation at Newcastle – There are none!

  • Cooper

    May 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry but this is ridiculous:

    “Fast forward to late September, and we are top of the Championship, having won 7 games and lost just one to WBA of all clubs, and would you believe the side got 47,000 at their last ho,me game, when they thrashed QPR 4-0 at St. James’ Park.”

  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Good article Ed.

    I particularly agree with the fact that we have some extremely good youth players waiting in the wings. IF we do go down, we wont need to buy many 1st teams to replace the crap overpaid lot because the youth team is coming to fruition.

    IF (and its a big IF) we go down, we’d still have a good squad to bounce straight back:





    Thats a feasable team that would stay, Oba is our no.9 and he cares 4 the toon, hence playing through injury without telling any1!

    But – lets just hope it doesnt come to relegation.

    However – this team is probably better than what was on display against Fulham, bar Beye and maybe Viduka.

  • reetpetite

    May 18, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Thats 2 long away trips i wont have to make next season. Just a shame sunderland didnt go down too.

    Anyway, off to find some villa blogs and impersonate a geordie to make sure they are well up for the game on sunday.

  • reetpetite

    May 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Mps expenses scandal has entered football.Newcastle Utd have been claiming for Silver polish since 1969.


    May 18, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    cooper, it called tongue in cheek fella, lighten up

    i mean, if you cant laugh, you cry, right?

  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    @ reetpetite

    I’am guessing ur a Spuds fan? Its just because they tend to be the most stupid and annoying, without a clue of what they are talk about.


    May 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    tdt, theres more chance of beye staying than martins i reckon, and i wouldnt lose too much sleep over oba, ranger will be a much better player

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Can we all get a grip on here!?

    The squad we have now wouldn’t get us back up and half of them will be leaving.

    We are going to need to spend money on new players whatever division we are in.

    If were in the championship that isn’t going happen as the club will be cutting costs not spending.

    If we go down we can forget about Premier League football for at least 3 or 4 years.

    Unless that is someone comes i and throws a bit of cash at it.

  • derekm

    May 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    no way will ashley preside over a relegated toon – he’ll cut and run. No way could he survive or want another year at the helm.The toon as a championship club will be a very attractive buy for a consortium, especially with shearer at the helm – the potential of a successful upward push back to the premier would be huge if supported properly, and the basics of a proper club can be easily put into place if the right people were recruited. No, the right people does’nt include freddie shepherd. He cannot escape blame in where we are now – we were about to slide to financial oblivion before ashley took over. good luck to the team next sunday but I personally fear the worst.


    May 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    stuart79…. how can you sit there and tell us all to get a grip and uou then proceed to wail like a baby and predict our eternal damnation


  • Sav

    May 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #15

    We still have ‘The Thrilla at the Villa’ to get through yet before surmising who we might have beaten next September.
    But the players who you listed need to go whichever league we find ourselves in after Sunday.
    Money isn’t everything – look at Man City and then at Hull or Fulham. Some have questioned which ambitious players would want to come to play for an inexperienced manager at an ailing club. But I think Al will attract the kind of players we want.
    It all depends whether Ashley plays it straight with Shearer and doesn’t pull a swift one to cause Al to follow Keegan out the door further on down the line. Of Shearer feels he has Ashley’s confidence and backing, he can go far.

  • Sav

    May 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    derekm, Ashley is not an idiot.

    If the club loses 150 million off its book value (not sure if that’s accurate but its what everyone seems to be saying), tell me why he would sell up at such a loss when an investment of, say, 50 million, would guarantee premiership status again in the 2010/11 season?

    He’d have just saved himself 100 million and saved face as well. Its not rocket science

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    DJM TOON // May 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    I’m being fckin realistic you ostrich! Get ya head out of the sand mate.

    People are saying things like this player will stay and we will bring in this player and our young players will come to the fore!

    We ain’t going to have any money to spend if we go down. That is the fact of the matter and because of that we are going to be in the shit!

    Wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Sav // May 18, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Sav, I think the point is he hasn’t got a spare 50 million to invest. He knows it and that’s why he will try and sell. If we don’t get back up at the first attempt he will see his investment reduce quicker and quicker!

  • tdt

    May 18, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Well said DJM @ 14


    May 18, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #20

    jesus on a donkey stuart79, you’ve bloody lost it pal… are you on day release or have you doubled up on your retinol?

    sorry fella, yeah i knwo were in the sh1t but i refuse to believe it’ll be armageddon. throught history you see teams bounce back up… birmingham for example. nothing at all suggests we cant be one of those, if anything, we have a much larger fan base and so the ability to generate much more revenue than any other relegated team before us, this puts us in a better position, once the dead weight has been cut loose, we shall only need 3/4 players to help add to our current crop of youngsters. i know this puts pressure on them but thats the law of the game, sink or swim, show some metal. i do believe that s taylor, beye, edgar will stay, perhaps bassong if were really really lucky! nolan and guthrie too in midfield and then carroll up front, so ultimately, lualua will come straight in, so will ranger, donaldson perhaps, haris vuckic, personally, going down is a positive, NUFC have too many hangers on, from back room staff to playing staff, in the prem we have the fifth biggest turn over, imagine how we would be if that financial advantage was put to better use??

    dont worry stuart79, it’ll all come good

  • Macas35

    May 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Sav – I’d have to disagree about Ahsly not being an idiot! He could have spent an extra £15 million this season and ensured we stayed up, instead we face finanical meltdown if we get relegated

  • sahota

    May 18, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Hey guys,

    Its sad moment for everyone, but we just need to be positive till Sunday. lets see what happens. Strange things do happen. Who knows we might get a goal on Sunday which is not a goal but we get it. Luck sometimes takes U turn , u never know. So just hold your nerves till Sunday.

    Hard thing for me is , Sunday looks long way to wait for. I want us to play tomorrow 🙂

    Lets see what happens.

  • Stuart79

    May 18, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    DJM TOON // May 18, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Retinol? I presume that’s wha your on?

    3/4 new players is all we will need? Dream on! Youngsters can’t be relied on to get us back up.

    Birmingham didn’t have to sell any of their players. We ill have to sell half of them.

    Ya on drugs mate

  • Nick D

    May 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Potentially we have a fabulous young team coming through. I would much rather we played these than do a Leeds and sign more journeymen like Nolan and r Taylor.


    Edgar Kadar Bassong

    Lua Donaldson Guthrie Vuksic

    Spear Ranger Adjei

  • Nick D

    May 18, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Fergie started again with a very young team in the top division: scholes, giggs, Beckham, nevilles x 2, butt etc.

    Some will sink soem will swim, but i’d much rahter see them grow up togehter than rely on has beens and journeymen to do anything for us

  • Hobs

    May 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t get me wrong here, but…
    The really absurb thing about relegation is that I actually think my life quality will increase.
    It will be better to play well in the Championship, than to play bad in the PL.
    Every week there is new hope, and a new dissapointment. Every year, we all expect the team to play better, but every year it gets worse.
    No matter how many players who leave in the summer, we’ll still have a strong Champ. side. And when we are promoted we can build the team without the pressure that has been on the team in recent years.
    I will be devastated by a relegation, but I will have increased health points next season, that’s for sure.
    The worst thing for me is really to see how bad the team has played so many times this season. I actually think that hurts more than relegation.

  • Gunners

    May 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Relegation implies two things:

    1. The current squad is not good enough.

    2. Time for rebuilding

    Don’t be too upset if your team is relegated. You can always support the Gunners in the Premier League until your team got back up again.

  • DJG

    May 18, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Forget about relegation being a good thing. What we need is to…

    1. thump struggling Villa at home with a repeat of the Boro performance.

    2.Appoint Shearer long term

    3. Get rid of the hasbeens chewing up the wage bill.

    4. Replace them with D.Bent, a young reserve LB, a 20 something RB who can cover for and eventually replace Beye and 2-3 creative midfielders.

  • morris

    May 18, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Team for next season, if were relegated- (but lets hope it doesn’t come to this)!


    R Taylor S Taylor Bassong Enrique

    lua lua Duff

    Carrol Xisco

    Also having the young guns such as Ranger, Tozer ect on the bench. We could also desparately do with a creative midfielder. Finally get rid of overpaid rubbish such as Owen, Geremi and the others, who have taken us for a ride.

  • sickofitall

    May 19, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #30

    I wish Stuart79 would shut the fu(k up


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