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