Former Newcastle United striker Malcolm Macdonald has spoken out in the Chronicle today, and he makes a very good point when he says that Newcastle players are simply not earning the huge wages they receive at the club.
Malcolm Macdonald – players not earning their money
This is what the 64 year-old has said today:
“I’m watching players go out on the field, and I’m not seeing them really earning their money,” “They get a lot of money, and good for them – as long as they earn it.”
“I don’t feel there are a lot that are earning it. The players have got to do it.” “We’ve seen instance at Old Trafford of Manchester United players getting rid of a very decent man David Moyes, who for a decade at Everton kept them battling with the giants of the game.
“Players hold immense power. I just hope Alan Pardew isn’t suffering in similar fashion.” “I’m not seeing the players show me any different on the field.”
“It’s going to be hugely intriguing in the next game, as Arsenal are battling for the Champions League,” “They had aspirations earlier in the season to win the Premier League, and in not doing that, the very least they need is Champions League football.”
“They’ve got a battle on. Arsenal will be rubbing their hands thinking it’s three points, and Liverpool will be doing the same in our last game.”
Those are good words from Macdonald and they are accurate too – and if Alan Pardew does get the sack, it will because of his inability to motivate his players this year.
But of course the players have to take responsibility too, and most of them have just been hopeless for us this year, and there have been too many games when we haven’t showed up.
We were great in those first 18 games when we had 33 points and were in 6th place, and it looked like we were going to do very well – but it was not to be – for the second season running.
That’s unacceptable for a Newcastle side who still get over 50,000 faithful fans at every home game, and we now need at least one win before the end of the season – and then we may have a chance of staying the the top ten.
Otherwise, it could be all change at the Newcastle United Football Club this summer.
For the record, Malcolm played for Newcastle from 1971 through 1976, and he played a total of 187 games with 95 goals for the Magpies, and of course wore the famous number 9 shirt.
That’s also the shirt I wore when I played 202 games for Newcastle and scored 101 goals – in my dreams. 😀