Aston Villa scored the highest ever goals tally in their Premier League history, when they hammered Sunderland 6-1 and went above Newcastle on goal difference on Monday night.
Yohan Cabaye – has talked to Pardew
And now some chilling news that the team spirit at Newcastle is beginning to crumble, and it’s apparently to do with our large French contingent of players – we have 11 French speaking players in the squad.
The team spirit of the Aston Villa side looked sky-high, and if our players cannot get together and play all out as a team for a common cause – survival – we could be doomed for the second division next season.
It’s as simple as that.
There’s a report in the Daily Mirror today that some of our French players are less than happy at the enormous criticism that is being leveled at all our players, after two of Newcastle worst two defeats in their history – the 3-0 loss to Sunderland and the 6-0 hammering by Liverpool.
And the Mirror report is pointing the finger at Yohan Cabaye, as the man who is objecting the most – so this is hardly good news.
When you are in trouble you expect the team to pull together – otherwise we can hardly pick up the points we need in the last three games. to survive the drop.
And it seems there is a lot of blaming going on between the players, and maybe even with the manager, which is the last thing we want to hear.
If Mike Ashley hears about this nonsense, we would expect him to helicopter up to Newcastle and meet with the manager and players, and ensure all is well in the squad.
There’s £70M to be had next season if we can stay in the Premier League, and Mike is very well aware of that – we know that.
Some of the squad are calling for more spirit to be shown on the field, and it seems that some players are hyper-sensitive to any criticism leveled at them.
Of course we are assuming the report in the Mirror is accurate, and we have to remember that we don’t expect any support at all from the press – they’d just love it if Newcastle were to be relegated this season – what a story that would be after we were 5th last season.
Mike Ashley is obviously very concerned and very annoyed (some say he’s furious) about the last two home results, and Aston Villa’s 6-1 win certainly doesn’t help Newcastle’s cause.
And for the first time this season, they are above the Magpies in the league.
We need to save ourselves by picking up points in our last three games.
That’s the most important thing – it’s the only thing.
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