As it turns out we needed just one point from our last two games to secure survival, but such was the incompetence of this Newcastle team, that they couldn’t even score a goal and were beaten by Fulham 1-0, at home mind you, and in front of a sell-out 52,000 fans – and today – as we had half expected – we were beaten by an out of form Aston Villa side.
You cannot say we haven’t deserved this, and we shouldn’t blame anybody else but ourselvces, becasue this has been brough onto the club by gross mismanagement and ineptitude.
I am no novice in running a sizable busioneses – having built a $1B business at IBM in network consulting, that morphed into 2B, whne we then combined withger another netweorking goprupo within the companyjust 7 years ago.
The upper management of the club has been a complete and utter disaster – and that’s putting it lightly.
As it turns out, in our last 13 games we had one win and four draws and a meager 7 points and form like that should end up in relegation.
And in Alan’s time in charge – 8 games we got just 5 points and in 6 of those games, including the last two, we couldn’t even score.
So out go Owen, Martins, Viduka, Cacapa, Coloccini, Gutierreza, Xisco, Barton, Enrique, and there’s no way Bassong will stgay on Tyneside now.
If this had been done to a business it’s like taking over a fairly healthy business and in 2 short years being so incompetant as to send the business into bankruptcy, and it has absolutely nothing at all to do with the world wide recesssion currently ongoing. Newcastle didn’t need a recession to implode.
If this had happened at IBM, whwre I spent 34 years, heads would have rolled long before now.
What happens with the club now, we have no idea, but there are throusands and thousands of unhappy and angy Newcastle fans and their frustration and anger is completely justified because the club has screwed them once again – this time big time.
We cannot see Ashley being able to keep the club, even though he wants to – and there will surely be calls for him to sell the club before we are relegated again.
It was an own goal from Damien Duff on 38 minutes that sealed our fate – but in truth our fate had been sealed by some of the most inept displays, ever seen by a Newcastle United side in the top flight.
We cannot complain and we cannot and shouldn’t blame anybody else, because Manchester United did their job and beat Hull City, but then again they always do.
This is a sad sad day in the history of Newcastle United and we’ll surely now have to clear the decks of some rubbish we have right now masquerading in black and white stripes.