Let’s All Pull Together For Newcastle Through Last 13 Games


Olivier Bernard was brought to Newcastle during Bobby Robson’s reign at the club.

Olivier Bernard during his Newcastle career

And the Frenchman was a very good left back for Newcastle, before injuries prematurely ended his career at age 27.

Olivier is still only 32 and does good work as a patron the Show Racism the Red Card campaign, which we fully support on this web-site, and he’s even a some time translator for nufcTV.

But it seems the former left back, who was born in Paris , France in 1979 and played for Lyon before he joined Newcastle in 2000, is getting a little worried.

Bernard formed a strong left side of the field partnership with fellow Frenchman Laurent Robert, but he is worried that the outcry over the re-naming of St. James’ Park to Sports Direct Arena will get in the way of Newcastle doing really well in the last 13 games of the season.

We have to pinch ourselves sometimes that Newcastle are still only  one point behind Chelsea and Arsenal in the league, and we are currently in 6th position in the Premier League and 3 points ahead of  Liverpool.

And that’s even though we have conceded five goals in London in two of our last four league games.

The Newcastle fans are far from happy  over the removal last Thursday of the signs at St James’ Park, and it’s been in the headlines for a couple of days.

But Olivier Bernard wants to put the issue to one side and concentrate on supporting the lads:

“I know fans are not happy with the new name of the stadium,” “I understand their feelings. They have every right to be unhappy.”

“But right now, Newcastle has a great opportunity to get into Europe, and they need the fans behind them.” “This is not the time to be talking about the signs and the name.

“It has been a wonderful season, and it could be even better. But it needs everyone pulling together, and that’s what they must do.”

We’re sure the fans will support Newcastle big time in the last 13 games of the season, and that starts with Wolves next Saturday.

And during the promotion season Newcastle fans got used to supporting the manager and the players, and did a decent job of ignoring what the owner was doing – and that seemed to work well.

And it appears that  Wolves only want a manager to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy through the end of the season, and then review the situation.

Alan Curbishley has already turned down the job, and former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce may be about to do the same thing with reports  today he has already turned the job down.

So it could be that Wolves don’t have a manager when they visit Newcastle in six days time.

3 points is the goal next Saturday, and then we’ll be at the very least in 6th place in the Premier League table, and hopefully Olivier will be happy enough.

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8 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Chisora vs Haye,i’d watch that 🙂

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we could come 4th if our run in, the way Arsenal, Chelsea are playing and Liverpool r a lot more inconsistent.
    I think 5 home wins more and 2 away wins and 3 or 4 more draws.

    Wolves Sunderland Norwich Stoke and Bolton I think we can/will beat at home. Beating West Brom and Wigan away. Draw home against Liverpool and Man City and an away draw against Swansea. But lose against Chelsea Arsenal and Everton.

    Which is 7 wins 3 draws=24 points. Should be enough

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s just take every game as it comes, treat every one like a cup final.

    As for the stadium, as far as I can see it’s still there! And will still be there next week when we need it!! So Ashley can call it what he wants, the media can too. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US WILL CALL IT SJP. Always will. So that’s all that matters.

    We can make it an incredible almosphere and it will start by stuffing Wolves big style. Then it’s the scum. Say no more.

    It’s a sprint to the finish and no doubts Chelsea and Arsenal will invest this Summer to pull themselves out the shitter. We have a massive opportunity. And as for upcoming games, I really think we can go to Arsenal and turn them over.

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  • super magpie

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    If we beat wolves we’ll go 6pts clear of Liverpool. They’re playing the carling cup final next weekend so we can open up a gap, their game in hand is against Everton so anything could happen there, hopefully Everton will win.

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  • Partizan

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    http://www.goal.com/en/news/89/africa/2012/02/18/2913372/senegal-review-2012-afcon-squad-for-south-africa-friendly

    The game is scheduled on February 29 and our game against Wolves is on 25….i’m worried now!! 🙁

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  • noir9

    Feb 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    @1….I hope that no broadcaster rewards these two thugs by showing any potential fight!

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  • estechco

    Feb 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but what we probably need is a fans chant that blatantly includes the words “St James’ Park” in it’s lines (like “The Blaydon Races”).

    That would be something that MA or any other daft new sponsor could never wrestle away from fans and could be used as a powerful lift for the team during games.

    A timely two fingers back at those trying to re-brand our history?

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  • Sav

    Feb 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry, why is now not a good time to be worrying about signs and names?
    Tell it to Mashley, Olivier, not us. Good luck with the ‘Red Card’ campaign but you left us over a contract dispute for the Saints, so don’t start telling NUFC fans that they should ignore being crapped upon by your employer at this late date.

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