Without trying to look too much on the dark side of things, there’s a chance we could lose our next couple of games against Chelsea at home and Tottenham away, and that be four defeats on the trot.
Mike Ashley in deep thought
We must stay in Premier League – because that’s where the money is
Although we played well last night, and could have won the game against Manchester City if we had taken our chances, it’s hard to think we can get anything out of Chelsea on Saturday, and then it’s a tough game at White Hart Lane the following weekend.
Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance last night, and we did play well:
“I couldn’t really ask any more of the players – the performance level was high and we had them in a difficult situation.” ”I think results will follow with a high performance level.
“We are not in bad form. We are not lacking in confidence.” “We are in a difficult run of games, there’s no doubt about that. We have two tough fixtures.”
“Certain sections suggested we didn’t want to win it, but we proved that wrong.” “We used our squad well and they pushed for a start.” “If we play as well as tonight we will have a chance against Chelsea.”
Four defeats in a row would not be good, and of course that may not even happen.
But with the reduced ambitions at Newcastle these days we don’t think a middle of the table position at Newcastle by the end of December will spur Newcastle onto any really big moves in the transfer market.
That would only happen if we are again in relegation trouble, like we were last January and that danger of dropping out of the PL spurred Mike Ashley into action when he brought in Frenchmen in during January, and four of them in four days after we had lost 2-1 to Reading.
Mike seems happy enough to have Newcastle middle of the table, as long as we are not in relegation trouble.
What’s wrong with that picture?
American gangster Willie Sutton was famous for his response to the question Why do you rob banks? when he amusingly answered “That’s where the money is.”
And that’s the major reason Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to stay in the Premier League – be it in comfortable mid-table position – because that’s where the money is – at least £60M to £100M each season paid out in May.
It’s all about the money these days – nothing to do with being a great side that our terrific fans can follow all over the place – and that’s a real pity.
And that’s also a massive understatement.