It doesn’t look like defender Sebastien Bassong will be with us next season if we manage to get ourselves relegated to the Championship next season.
Bassong – I am an ambitious boy
Bassong, who is just 22, was sent off in Newcastle’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham last weekend, and has said today that if Newcastle go down – that sending off will be the last time Newcastle fans see him in a black and white shirt.
If we stay up, that also could be the last time Newcastle fans see him in a black and white shirt, because we expect Arsenal to lodge an aggressive move for the youngster in the summer.
And there’s no doubt the lad would be great for the Gunners, and would fit into the lad’s admitted ambitious plans.
Sebastien Bassong talked to Setanta Sports today:
“In the case that Newcastle go down, then I would have to hold talks with the club after the last game of the season.”
“Everybody knows that I am an ambitious boy, and playing Championship football never crossed my mind.”
‘”You have to have a plan for your career, and playing in the second division would be a step backward.”
“I hope that Alan Shearer will stay, whatever happens on Sunday,’ Bassong added. ‘I understand that he likes the job and is enjoying his time as manager.”
“Of course he uses his charisma, status and experience as a player, but it helps him transmit his message to the squad.”
“Obviously some managers are more about tactics than him, but he makes you forget his so-called lack of experience as a coach, thanks to his experience on the pitch.”
Why the lad couldn’t have just stayed quiet until next Monday, when we will know for sure on relegation, we don’t know. This is hardly helpful to the lads preparing for Sunday’s game.
If Seb goes it will be difficult to blame the youngster at all, and the responsibility lies heavily with the Newcastle club.
The season has been mismanaged from the start, with Kevin Keegan for the second time walking out on the club after just 3 league games – that didn’t help, that’s for sure.
If Kevin had put the club first, we would have been in the top 7 now, but he got on his high horse again, and though that was probably well justified in the circumstances -it’s the Newcastle club and the fans who took the hit, not Kevin. And he is suing the club for £8M?
There have been 5 managers this season, and the hope that Shearer could come in and save the club hasn’t worked out too well, with just 5 points in 7 games, which right now is around 0.71 points per game.
Before Alan arrived on April 1st, we had 29 points from 30 games, which is an average of around 0.97 points per game, so Alan has actually done worse than our average before he came in.
Of course that’s a little unfair on Alan, because it takes time for management methods to work, and he’s only had 7 games, but it looks like the games will run out before the hoped for salvation.
When the club is mismanaged to the extent that Newcastle have been this season, we can hardly criticize our best players for leaving, because the club doesn’t deserve to keep them. And there’s no doubt that Bassong has been our best players this season.
If we do get relegated, St. James’ Park will be like a shop window for the Premier League clubs come Monday, and they will cherry pick who they want, and Newcastle will be able to do little to stop them, because we cannot afford them – even if we wanted to keep them.
The fact it’s the World Cup next summer doesn’t help either, as International players will hardly want to play in England’s second division.
That’s what failure will look like on Monday, and it will be hard to take for the very loyal Newcastle fans, who have been given a huge kick in the behind by their club.
In fact this could be the biggest kick in the behind for the Newcastle fans in the history of our club – and there’s been a few of them.
What’s that saying about the plans of mice and men?