Newcastle To Become Better and Stronger Through Relegation

We had many many chances to avoid relegation, but we just didn’t take the chance, because the team was simply not good enough.


The new face of Newcastle United ?

The players we have are not good enough in skills, heart, fighting spirit and too many of them are not even proud to wear the shirt.

But that nightmare of relegation has happened and we are in the Championship, and can hardly label ourselves as a big club anymore – but we will. At least we are assuming we are in the Championship but maybe we’re still in the nightmare – hey – if we are can somebody please wake us up –  this is all very painful. 😀

Because of our relegation we will now be forced to unload a number of our higher paid players, but let’s not confuse that with being synonymous with our best players. Our best player last season by far was Seb Bassong, signed for  £500K from Metz and probably on no more than around 8K/week – about 400K/year and that may be high!

How does his contribution compare with captian Michael Owen – who is on £110K a week?

Seb currently has 68% of the vote for our “Player of the Season” – and the poll is still open – Michael has 2% of the vote.

If we had not been relegated we would not have been forced to dismantle the squad and we wouldn’t have – so this will force us to clear the decks, and that needs to be done – big time.

Our players are not just good enough – not good enough in skills, not good enough in fighting spirit, and not proud enough to wear the Newcastle United shirt. We may be relegated and in a world of hurt right now, but we will always be a proud club – that’s just the way it is.

That seems to be the club’s karma – which could be stated as:

Newcastle is a proud club but never ever do things the easy way

In our long article this morning we listed 10 players who should and probably will leave in the summer, because we cannot afford them.

We will save around £30M a year in wages by releasing the players – and you know we’ll hardly miss any of them – if we were to tell the honest truth.

How’s that for an indictment of the club’s transfer policy the last 2 years but it’s been like that for 12 years at least. We need to put that right.

We are hoping Alan Shearer will sign on as manager, even as early as today – and we notice the gossip papers are at it again , with all their nonsense about Newcastle.

There is an opinion out there that Alan has a very good chance to fail – and fail miserably – since he has not experience of management. That’s so true, and even former Chairman Chris Mort said he had to learn the ropes before he could ever take over at Newcastle. Alan, we now learn was keen on the job after Samn was sacked, which is why Chris made that statement.

Hey, the gossip pres are right, Alan doesn’t have the experience and nothing is certain in life, as we have just found out, and he may fail. Certainly his 8 games in charge got us a measly 5 points, when 6 would have been enough, and in 6 of those games we couldn’t have won because we didn’t even score.

It’s not like Glenn Roeder, when he took over in February, 2006 after Souness was fired, and got us 32 points in his 15 games in charge, and we even qualified for Europe in 7th place – we had hoped it it would be like that.

But we are hoping (what’s left?) Alan will become a great manager, but we have no illusions.

We thought Roy Keane would become one of the great managers, yet he imploded big time at Sunderland, after previously doing just great for them so there are no certainties in football.

Roy Keane will no doubt have Ipswich challenging at the top of the Championship next season.

Mike Ashley now needs to support Alan in overhauling everything he wants to – and have Mike and Derek support him much like Randy Lerner supports Martin O’Neill at Villa, and the Glazer family supports the unbelievable Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – in our eyes the greatest club coach ever.

Stay out of the way and let the manager run everything to do with the playing side of the club – after all that’s what he’s been brought in to do.

If we can do that,  and as we mentioned yesterday, take a big pill of humility in the Coca Cola Championship, and not assume and expect we’ll win the league this coming season by 15 points, the club will be better structured and much stronger over the long term, and built for success – from the bottom up.

And that success may even come more quickly than expected – in the short term.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • hitman

    May 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    well it looks that way if ashleys selling up.

  • batty

    May 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    ED HARRISON see your working over time m8 slow doon a bit lol ur doing a great job m8

  • nufcursed

    May 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    add to that list:

    ameobi: not good enough
    r.taylor:not good enough
    duff:not what he used to be
    nolan:not good enough
    butt:cant pass a ball

    i’d sell carroll too as i think he’s got no technical skills whatsoever but i guess most fans love him so he can stay

    only players i would keep (or try):

    lua lua
    and our upcoming youngsters

    we need to sign:

    attacking midfielder
    defensive midfielder

  • Ericles

    May 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    There is a lot of wind or wind-up flying about today. A consortium emerging for Ashley to sell to. After Ashley sat down with Shearer only yesterday? Where does that leave Al? Then Bruce gets the nod to talk to the mackems about being manager. Bruce – who is on record as saying he is a proud Geordie who wants to manage Newcastle one day. Looks to me like the media goblins have been out on the piss again!

  • cjcox88

    May 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    sky sports hardly ever get stuff wrong, if they say there are discussions, then there are discussions!,19528,11095_5350286,00.html. I don’t really know what to think, I relly just want stabiliy, unless we are talkin serious money and some financial backing for Shearer I’d rather leave it!!!!

  • Nobby_Long

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Would we be able to sell Nolan & Ryan Taylor?

    Isn’t there a Uefa (or FIFA) regulation that a player cannot play for more than two teams in any 12 month period – or at least you have to get dispensation from them to allow the transfer to take place – perhaps it does not apply if you get relegated.

    I’m sure that was the stumbling block in trying to offload Xisco in January.

  • nufc1818

    May 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    yous dont know maybe ashley came in to tell shearer about this….
    shearer will know about it
    and if it is a north east consortium why would they get rid of shearer????????????????

  • batty

    May 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    komfort what happend to ROD do u know wot thread it was on m8

  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I get sick and tired of this wages rubbish.

    Our team was a top three to five side and had wage levels set accordingly. Our new amazing signing never played and due to a small squad we under achieved then we set off on this trimming cost campaign instead of earn more campaign, how thick do we need to be to start talking about doing it again?

    Only once decent players were replaced with poorer ones and ambition vanished did the players become expensive, the players were expensive in the premiership they dropped wages so we are relgated, if we start looking for a bargain basement championship side we will get what we aim for, the bottom of the championship.

    Let us all keep stepping in the same turd day in and day out, we never learn.

    Local heroes and save money no other solutions.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11


    Do you want Xisco to leave? I still think he hasnt had a proper chance yet and maybe he could be a force in the championship!

  • roscoe

    May 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I rate we keep Xisco… did well for the reserves so should do well in the CCC. Maybe he will adjust to english game well and then could get really good. Reckon he’s got more talent than young Andy…

  • Nobby_Long

    May 27, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13


    Have you seen Xisco play ??????

    I’ve seen him in the reserves a few times……..

    I don’t believe he has the pace or desire.

    Anyway, my point was that in January there were suggestions we wanted to offload him, but we could not due to transfer regulations.

  • komfort

    May 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    aye aye batty, sunday mate ..

  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah roscoe I believe Xisco is better than Carroll too, Carroll can head and thats about, dont think ive ever seen him shoot before

  • Micky Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16

    cjcox88 – Sky Sports News as well as Sky News often get a lot of info wrong. They are very quick to report any gossip or rumour they hear without confirming it as fact.
    What needs to happen now is for the club to make one of their infamous statements and let us know what is happening. Obviously Shearer will not sign anything if he doesn’t know who will be his boss for the 2009/2010 season.
    And deluded fans of other clubs still think we are small time? We’ve been relegated and we are only behind the Champions League final in column inches. Which other club generates such interest? Small club? I don’t think so. Jealousy is a nasty trait to have.

  • batty

    May 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    komfort just read it m8 stupid conts

  • Whumpie

    May 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    The takeover stuff is utter rubbish. Why the hell would Ashley make that apology and sit in a room with Shearer about a long-term contract if what he really wants to do is take a £150M loss and get out? Why do that when he could stick with it until we’re promoted again, get his credibility and his money back, just for the sake of another year?

    Daft. Sky are as bad as all the others.

  • Sav

    May 27, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    “Newcastle To Become Better and Stronger Through Relegation”?

    I hope this isn’t another of those optical illusions (which line is longer? Is it an old hag or a beautiful girl?) which grace the pages of my favourite blog, Ed.
    Given Al’s inexperience, perhaps it is the best place for us while he assembles the pieces to build the club up properly and to learn the ropes himself before trying the old ‘ad astra’ bit….And we’ve battles with Keano to look forward to.

  • Whumpie

    May 27, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Back on thread:

    I look at it this way: which would I rather do?

    1: Start next season in the fizzy league, but with Shearer at the helm with Dowie filling in the experience gaps; a newly realistic and humble Ashley keeping us on the financial rails; the likes of Rob Lee, Pedro and Speed on board; and our apathetic, overpaid ‘stars’ replaced with the Steven Taylors, Harpers, Lua Luas, Godsmarks and Carrolls of this world.

    2. Still be in the Prem, having scraped through on goal difference and still be plastering over the cracks, having kept on all the hangers-on.

    Give me option 1 any day. Howay the lads!!

  • Macas35

    May 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Sky Sports get a lot wrong. There’s also the possibility that Ashley has found someone else to invest in the club, and not buy it as has been presumed. There are no quotes on the story circulating so no need to panic.

  • Spitfire

    May 27, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Somethings happened to either you or me cos I am actually agreeing with stuff you are writing today ( this and other threads)

    I actually asked my son on Sunday : stay up with Allerdyce or go down with Shearer?. We both chose the latter option

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I think we need a rich foreign owner and a proven european manager and stop the idea of filling the back room with players from 20 years ago that won nothing.

    We need new dreams…the game is different now.
    Look at the mackems..owned now by a tycoon rumoured to give the 200m in transfer funds..we need to sort ourselves out before it’s too late.


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