It’s Memorial Day today in the US, and we just had our son, Neil, over for Memorial Day outdoor barbecue stuff.
Leader, spokesman and image of Newcastle – things cannot be that bad
And would you believe the conversation turned to Newcastle and we talked about who should stay, and generally agreed this is a kick up the behiond the club needed – to get their act together and come back to greatness (we hope).
This didn’t go over too well with my wife of 37 years, Madeline, who is also a Geordie girl, a beautiful Geordie girl, born and bred in Newcastle, but now a little Americanized we suppose, after “I took her away from her family in Newcastle” – 36 years ago when we were moved to the US by IBM.
Madeline quote last night:
“How can you get so upset about Newcastle, they’re only a football team.”
Our regular readers will know all about this – and that my wife doesn’t understand the least thing about football – as Bill Shankly, the great Liverpool manager once said
“They say Football’s a matter of life and death – but I can assure you it is much more important than that”.
We wonder what Mrs Shankly thought about all of this, and we know Bill used to take her to watch some Reserve team games. 😀
Some of Bill’s hilarious and classic quotes spring to mind:
“There are only two good teams in Liverpool – Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves”
If Everton were playing in my front garden, I’d close the curtains.”
“If you are first you are first, if you are second you are nothing.”
“I’m a peoples man, only the people matter.”
Regular readers of this blog, in its short two year existence, will already know we are big big bfans of Bill Shankly – because of his undying and endless passion and spirit for football and Liverpool.
Anyway, back to this article – and here are some players we think are stayers at the club for next season – from the first team:
Harper, Beye, S. Taylor, Bassong, R.Taylor, Enrique (he looked the only player fighting near the end yesterday and was distraught at the final whistle – like Steven Taylor), Nolan, Butt, Guthrie, Martins and maybe Alan Smith, because at least Alan is full of fight and vigor, and has the physical presence for the Championship – if only we can keep thye lad fit.
Keeping only those players will do the club a world of good with the wage bill, and from our calculations that has to be close to £40M/year we’ll save – that’s a lot of doe. And then Alan will need to expand that basic squad with some very smart buys, maybe from the Championship itself, where there are some really bright young footballers.
We hope we can keep Seb Bassong, and we should at least try to keep Oba Martins, although that will not be easy with either player.
It will not be easy to get good deals on the players we move out in the summer, because it will be the proverbial fire sale – clubs know we have to sell and will offer low bids for the players – but that’s the situation we are in.
Sell them or pay their ridiculous wages in the Championship – so we’ll sell them.
This doesn’t include some of our terrific youngsters who could well come through next season in the Championship, including Andy Carroll, Ben Tozer, Samuel Adjei, Tamas Kadar, Haris Vuckic, Tim Krul, Fraser Forster (wanted by Celtic), Nile Ranger, Wesley Ngo Baheng and Kazenga LuaLua – to name just a few.
By the start of the Championship season in early August, we hope to see a very new squad of players – and enough of them – and they need to have skill, heart and be completely dedicated to the success of our football club.
After all, those are the characteristics of our fans, so why should the players, who represent the club on the field, be anything less?
Howay The Lads!!