Malcolm MacDonald has taken a cheap shot at Chris Hughton in today’s Sunday Express.
Malcolm Macdonald – Chris’ team selection was resignation letter
MacDonald has criticized the team selection that Chris made against Arsenal last Wednesday night, when we were beaten 4-0.
It was almost the same side the beat Chelsea 4-3 at Stamford Bridge in that terrific game and wonderful performance by the Newcastle youngsters, and we didn’t see much criticism from the former Newcastle striker after that game.
But Monday morning quarter back is so easy to be – you’re never wrong – about anything.
This is what Malcolm said today:
“It wasn’t a team sheet, it was a resignation letter. It was sheer madness and I’m still trying to make sense of it,” “Chris has put himself under immense but unnecessary pressure and I’m not sure why.”“To me his team selection was a dereliction of duty.”
“It’s like Sports Direct shutting their stores at lunchtime, saying they can’t be bothered. The previous three games at St James’ Park – against Blackpool, Stoke City and Wigan – saw Newcastle take just one point. Now after Arsenal, it’s four home games without a win.”
That’s a load of nonsense from MacDonald, and of course it was after the event, and until just before half time the lads had held their own fairly well.
Chris will get to know who his true frioends are at and around the club in these tough days, and it doesn’t seem like Malcolm is one of them. The old adage of a friend in need is a friend indeed is so true.
“Steve Bruce and his Sunderland team must have been watching the game and laughing their socks off. This was the best build-up that Sunderland could possibly have had. If I was the owner of the club, I wouldn’t be happy that in these hard financial times the chance of progressing in a cup competition has been lost,”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and it will depend on how we do this afternoon that is now all important. And then our next league games at Arsenal will be all important since it’s our next game in the league – and so on throughout this season, as we try to stay up.
Blackburn and Fulham are two home games after that – and both those can be won by the team.
We think this criticism form Malcolm Macdonald is both unfair and unwanted at this time for manager Chris Hughton. We’ll leave it at that – but of course everybody has a right to their own opinion and to express it too – we know that.