Newcastle were just too good to go down, and they would extricate themselves from the troubles they were in.
Danny Guthrie – talks about the horror of relegation
That’s what was said about Newcastle about two years ago, when the Magpies were third bottom of the league with a few games still to play, even though they had some big-name players in their side, and the club had the 6th highest wage bill of all 20 Premier League clubs.
But as we have found out a lot these last few years, those so-called experts were wrong again.
And Newcastle’s failure to score a goal at Villa Park on 24th May, 2009 had the club relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever – and shame on all our players, as that second half was an absolute disgrace to the Newcastle club, as there seemed no fight in the team whatsoever.
I had said before the end of that season that this web-site would be closed down come the end of May, but I kept it going, because it was hard to end it with the club relegated, and of course wonders happened within 9 months.
The lads who stayed on at the club, notably senior players like Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper, Alan Smith and Nicky Butt were simply magnificent, and let’s never forget a certain Chris Hughton, manager supreme.
Chris took Newcastle over on July 1st, 2009, when the club was on it’s knees, and rekindled the legendary Newcastle team spirit that the lads now show in every game, and they are never outfought by any team.
And with a good finish to the season Newcastle could finish in the top half of table, and then the Tyneside club’s monumental come-back into the big time will be on plan.
That’s what Newcastle fans want to see – players always giving 100% – not overpaid and pampered players who couldn’t give a dam about Newcastle, other then that’s where their huge wages came from, for a job they didn’t get done.
Danny Guthrie, who did his Newcastle future no harm at all last weekend, with a solid performance in place of Cheick Tiote, talked about the humiliation and pain that was relegation:
“Before the game we were all optimistic about staying up,” “We needed a point if Hull lost so we went into the game with a bit of confidence, but as the match wore on, it was one of those days you never forget.”
“Afterwards, it was awful, really quiet. The manager spoke, but there was no need for words. Everyone knew the situation.” “I just remember the final whistle blowing when you would normally go over to your fans to give them a clap.”
“It felt embarrassing. We had let them down.” “That really sticks in my mind. I wanted to go over, but did not really dare go over because we all knew we had let the club down.”
“It was a sick feeling inside, really emotional, I had a knot in my stomach, it was horrible. I could not wait just to go on holiday and try to forget about it all.” “We went straight to the changing rooms, heads down, there was no post-match drink or anything like that.”
“We flew back, but no one spoke on the journey.” “Hopefully, we can give our fans something to cheer about this time.”
Danny was right to be embarrassed, and some of our top players then left the club without saying a word, and haven’t been seen on Tyneside since.
The players who let Newcastle down are now gone, but fans know very well who they are, and perhaps that relegation did the Newcastle club and fans a lot of good, even though it was so painful.
Geordie fans now take nothing for granted, and are more realistic, and they also really appreciate it when the lads put in 100% effort – even if they lose the game.
If there are Aston Villa fans reading this, relegation is a reality, and it would be very hard on Villa fans if a side who finished 6th top in the league last season end up relegated – but that’s possible – believe me.