One of the things that started Newcastle dramatic decline over the last 12 months that has seen us become a second division club, is the failure of Dennis Wise and others, to bring in sufficient players in the last few days of the transfer – especially the last day – which was Monday, 1st September last year.
That left to Kevin Keegan leaving, and the start of a dramatic decline at the famous Tyneside club.
Does this all sound too familiar this time around?
Isn’t this just exactly what seems to be happening this year, with a little over 2 days to go in the transfer market left?
We have lost a net of 9 players and have brought in only Danny Simpson on loan.
But we should remember Murphy’s law which basically states the following:
If anything can go wrong, it will
For those readers who are getting on a bit – we know this law is almost a natural one and the youngsters reading this as they get older will experience the distresses of Murphy’s law more than a few times.
It’s also referred to as sods’s law and we noticed Alan Shearer calls it that.
How many times when you are working on the car, as just one example, does the spanner or whatever, drop under the car and end up in that unique position just so you just cannot reach the thing. 😀
And of course our point with Newcastle is we expect to make 3,4,5 deals on the last day – there’s only one thing we will be sure of – 3.4.5 deals could all go wrong, and most at the very last minute.
Just to lighten things up a little there are many variations and extensions to Murphy’s law which are really funny – here’s some of them:
If anything can go wrong, it will (basic definition)
Corollary: It can
Corollary: It should
Corollary: At the most inopportune time
Extension: it will be all your fault, and everyone will know it.
If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to actually go wrong – first
If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway
If you perceive there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for and unexpected, will promptly develop
Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse
Note: For those of you who have studied some Physics you know this is actually scientifically true – and known as entropy (S).
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something
You will always find something in the last place you look for it
The chance of the buttered side of the bread falling face down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
In nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right … something is wrong.
Mother nature is a bitch
Smile . . . tomorrow will be a lot worse.
And the actual case I always remember is when we were designing one of IBM’s mid-range systems back in the mid 1970s, there was a path on the flow chart that we convinced ourselves just could never happen – so we didn’t put any design or code in for that case.
When the system started to be tested – you can imagine what the first error found was. But how can that be?
Bottom line – let’s get those players in as soon as we can, but if nothing has changed by the time we play Leicester City tomorrow night, we will be very worried indeed.