We play Reading at home on Saturday, and we’ll have a chance to put some daylight between us and Reading if we can get the win, that will put us 8 points above them.
Alan Shearer – we can no longer compete with big clubs
And the next game is Aston Villa, and Villa have gone into a terrible slump, much like Newcastle, and their defense is not exactly the best in the league and new manager Paul Lambert is playing a lot of youngsters in the side too.
But Villa are still only a couple of points behind Newcastle.
Shearer is getting just a little bit worried about Newcastle’s plight his season, and especially since we failed to get Loic Remy in – and the French striker would have made his debut against Reading this Saturday – but it wasn’t to be.
This is what Alan said today:
“I’m very surprised by where they are. We all know they punched above their weight last year but they’re better than what they’re showing at the minute.” “At the minute I’m still saying that I believe they’re too good to go down, but if you were to ask me again in two games time I hope I still have that opinion.”
“The next two games are crucial.” “Nothing surprises you in football, that’s the way it is. No longer can Newcastle compete with the top five or six because financially they’re not going to do that. I think that’s there for everyone to see. You’re not going to get that.”
I’ve said a few times I’m not so sure I could take another relegation, since it’s only four years from the last one, and my health situation is a lot different than it was four years ago, and I’ve been told I have to keep an even keel on things. That’s kind of hard to do when Newcastle keep losing almost every week.
We remember well Alan Shearer after the Aston Villa 1-0 defeat that took us down – as he seemed completely stunned about what had happened. So were Newcastle fans.
Surely we are not going to repeat the affairs of four years ago – after having such a good season last term.
But over the last two months we couldn’t have done much worse, and we’ve lost 9 of our last 12 league games and have been eliminated from the FA Cup at Brighton – for the second year in a row – and that was our third humiliating exit in a row from the FA Cup.
Didn’t we used to win that thing?
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