There have been various reports this week that there is disharmony in the Newcastle dressing room and we had hoped that was not true, because that could be a killer for us in the relegation battle.
This is what we need from Papiss on Saturday – the winner late against Fulham
And Newcastle have come back and Managing Director Derek Llambias has talked to the press and said it’s simply not true:.
“The club is determined to turn things around, and everyone is working together to secure that goal.” “It is not helpful when people try and distract the team and the manager with false rumors.”
Newcastle are pointing the Daily Telegraph and have banned them from St. James Park until they apologize – that’s interesting – and the journalist must have been Luke Edwards, the former local writer at the Newcastle Journal.
We would not be at all surprised if those reports were put out simply to try to make things worse for Newcastle – and as we said we really hope they are not true – but we need to see evidence of that with an all out 100% effort and display at Upton Park on Saturday – otherwise things could get even worse.
Newcastle’s lead striker Papiss Cisse has also back up Derek when he said this:
“Every player is together. We are totally focused on Saturday’s game at West Ham and the two games after that. We have a strong bond and we want the best for our club, our manager and our wonderful fans,”
“We are not happy about recent results. Nobody is happy when they lose, but this has only made us stronger as a group and we will come through this together. There is no divide in the team.”
And Cheick Tiote, who has looked only half the player he was last season also had this to say:
“We want to let the fans know that all of the players are committed and we are in this together.” “We will fight to get out of this problem and we know our fans will help us to do that. They are incredible.”
We heard the same kinds of comments four years ago – and our advice to the players would be do the talking on the field.
A win on Saturday could very quickly get us out of the death spiral – and that would be great – it would be tremendous – but somehow we cannot see Newcastle winning and in our poll only 31% think we can win on Saturday.
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