Mike Ashley now looks like the real villain in all of this, as he took a perfectly good side, and must have worked really hard, because in a short 9 months we went from having a good start to the season, to being a pathetic football team and relegated.
This picture will give Newcastle fans nightmares for years to come
We were giving plenty of chances by the other relegation sides who were just hopeless – like Hull City – but we were even worse. In fact Hull and Sunderland did their very best to keep Newcastle up – only Newcastle didn’t.
Let’s be honest – we deserved to be relegated on our form and the results.
We don’t know if Ashley plans to keep the club, but the bid from US and Middle East investors could now look very attractive.
But if he is planning on staying he better lock himself away with Alan Shearer – or whoever else he wants as manager – hatch out a detailed plan, with investments needed, decide which players to sell – and then have a news conference – not just a press release.
The good news is that all the players we’ll sell, we’ll hardly miss any except maybe Bassong and Martins, and we’ll save tremendously on the wages.
We want to hear what Derek Llambias has to say on behalf of the club, and how they will work with Alan to get the club back on track. They need to start – and keep – talking to their customers – the fans – the same fans they have royally screwed this season.
To say we’ll come back up next season will be the party line, but as John Hall said this morning that will be more difficult than it looks, and we think that’s true.
And there are other people we are annoyed at and who have some responsibility in this.
All the players , especially Michael Owen, our captain who went missing at the start of the war, and was hardly ever seen again. He’s never said a word to the prss for weeks about Newcastle’s plight.
His £1.3M/goal it has cost Newcastle for his 30 goals is an absolute disgrace for the former Liverpool star. He did nothing for Newcatsle in his 4 years here – but he’ll be off making the best deal he can with some other sucker club.
He’ll be run out of Toon as the player who epitomized Newcastle ‘s overpaid and over-pampered “stars” with no guts – no guts at all. And heaven help it if he ever plays at St. James’ Park again, because he’ll be booed every time he gets the ball. In fact I’ll make the trip over form the US to give him a personal boo from myself. 😀
Michael may be lucky that Newcastle don’t get promoted before he retires form the game.
Let’s make this absolutely clear – Michael Owen has been hopeless this season for Newcastle – whatever people will say in his defense.
And lastly we still don’t absolve Kevin Keegan of responsibility in all of this, because he walked out on the club, whether he had good reason to or not – he was not sacked.
If Kevin hadn’t done that, we’d hardly be a Championship club now – but hey he loves Newcastle – so that’s OK we suppose, as he tries to get his £8M from Newcastle in compensation.
Compensation for walking out on Newcastle – who eventually get relegated – well this is football and not the real world, after all.
Best of luck with that one, Kevin.
But the worst thing is that the Newcastle club has taken a big black eye to it’s image as a football club, and how many years that will take to repair is anybody’s guess.