Former England and Newcastle United right back Warren Barton believes the Magpies will beat the drop this season, but that this should be a big wake up call for the Tyneside club.
Warren Barton – Fox Sports Analyst
Warren Barton is the top football (called soccer here) analyst at Fox Soccer Channel in the US, and he does a great job on the network when Fox broadcasts the Premier League games – and Warren also covers the Champions League games in mid-week.
He is also a great football ambassador for Newcastle United, and follows the club closely.
Newcastle are just three points above the relegation zone, and we have dropped to 4th bottom place with Sunderland getting a point with just 10 men against Stoke last night, but that could change tomorrow night when Wigan play their game in hand at home to Swansea City.
This is what Warren said on the Call Collymore program on Monday::
“The biggest problem is now they think it’s going to be OK. I think they’re going to have a big wake up call. ” “I think they will survive I think they’ve got enough ability to get out of it.”
“They’re in a relegation battle. It’s a huge problem, a lot of the players aren’t used to being in that environment.”
Barton believes Newcastle may have too many foreign players in the squad, who do not know the history or understand the passions associated with the Tyneside club – a view that has been expressed by many over the last three weeks pr so, as we have got ourselves into relegation trouble, with a paltry 5 points from the last 21.
Warren Barton – while at Newcastle
And with Sunderland drawing at home to Stoke with just 10 men last night, after Craig Gardner was sent off in the first half with Stoke leading 1-0 – Newcastle are now 4th bottom.
And if Wigan beat Swansea tonight, we’ll be 3rd bottom and in a relegation spot for the first time since we were promoted four years ago.
That’s not good timing.
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