It’s certainly not the time to panic, but losing five league games out of six against the mediocre teams of the league, should be sending shock waves through the Newcastle boardroom – and if that’s not happening – it should be.
Danny Simpson challenges Alex Kacaniklic
Newcastle’s slump over the last six league game means that we have only 14 points from 16 games played, and even in our relegation season we had 16 points from the first 16 games played – so Derek Llambias, Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew had better get some good players lined up to bring through the door in early in January – starting with a central midfielder, a center-back and a striker.
And as we have mentioned before – the new TV deal starts next year for the Premier League clubs, and the revenues are a 70% increase over what clubs receive this season, which is the third and last year of the old deal, and we know Mike Ashley knows all about that, and if we were to get relegated it would be another tragedy, after a short three years back in the Premier League.
And don’t tell us it cannot happen, because we all know the longer this slump lasts, the more the players lose their confidence, and the more real becomes the relegation fight.
It’s not as if we can say we’ll struggle until February and then we’ll be OK – because it doesn’t work like that, and Newcastle will need to string some wins together soon, otherwise we could see ourselves slump even further down the league.
The game after next is against QPR at home, and they haven’t won a game in the league yet, but they are starting to look a better side under Harry Redknapp, so a defeat against the London side, and alarm bells will be ringing very loud at St. James’ Park – and we’re not talking about the Christmas bells either.
Newcastle players need to wake up and start playing to their capabilities before it gets too late, otherwise we’ll be enmeshed in another relegation fight.
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