Bad news today, but not unexpected, is that Shola Ameobi will probably be out for months with his fractured cheekbone.
Shola Ameobi – out for months
The injury is being reported this morning by the Newcastle Journal, to be even worse than first thought. Oh my.
Alan Pardew yesterday was hoping it wouldn’t have been as serious as first feared, but Alan and the players are now left to somehow clean up the mess the club has created for itself.
We have seen how Alan Pardew has been attacked as a puppet to Ashley, in some of the comments, but our sympathies go out to him.
And in any case, those people said the same things about Chris Hughton, who turned out to be simply magnificent for Newcastle United, and will always be revered for what he did for the famous club.
We had hoped Shola may have been able to play with one of those protective masks in a few weeks time, but apparently the injury is just too severe for that to happen.
So Murphy’s law strikes again – if something bad can happen it will.
And it did.
And remember a very good saying in management is that all good executives plan for the worst and hope for the best. It seems the club hoped for the best and got the worst.
Newcastle’s actions on Monday were almost suicidal, and why on earth didn’t we press Liverpool to get say take Ngog on loan for the rest of the seaosn, rather than doing the deal, and knowing that in six hours left of the window, it would be hard to get anybody in, because our negotiating power was zippo?
And we see that Sky Sports pundit Chris Coleman doesn’t know the rules much, because Newcastle cannot sign an emergency loan player, as he had suggested was possible.
That’s only allowed for goalkeepers, because of their specialist position, and it’s what Manchester City exercised last season when Shay Given hurt his shoulder, and they couldn’t recall Joe Hart from Birmingham, because that wasn’t in the deal they had struck with the Midlands club.
We did receive a number of emails from readers yesterday about this – but we assured them the deal is only for goalkeepers – and is not to cover clubs who shoot themselves in the foot through appalling management.
It’s astonishing the ineptitude the Newcastle hierarchy have shown, but Alan Pardew and the players have to confront this situation as best as they can – and as far as we are concerned they’ll all get our support 100%.
And in one interview after the Fulham game on Wednesday, we thought Alan Pardew was going to cry, when he said the Newcastle fans could easily have turned on him and the players, after what happened on Monday, but they didn’t and they were brilliant to me and the team.
Good team-work is to pull together in times of real adversity, and the Newcastle manager and players are in some trouble, and we’ll be pulling for them big time through the end of the season – that’s our position.
Howay The Lads!!