We must have played one of our weakest teams yesterday at home to Arsenal, with players like Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Massadio, Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons all missing through injury or suspension.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
And yet in the second half we outplayed and outfought a very good Arsenal team, the in-form team in the Premier League at the moment, and were really unlucky not to get at least a draw.
You just had to look at Arsene Wenger on the bench to realize he knew Arsenal were up against it in the second half, as our players seemed to be inspired.
Jonas Gutierrez was just superb once he came on after 70 minutes – and the Argentine must start in place of Anita at Sunderland in our next game two weeks today.
So the lads proved that when they are in the mood they can give any top side a run for their money – even with a weakened team, and they showed that yesterday in front of a very supportive crowd of just over 50,000.
But that performance yesterday also begs the question why we haven’t seen more of that kind of powerful and completely committed display more over the last three months.
We’ve been generally very poor and of course wins are at a premium, with just two of them in the first three months of the year – in 12 games overall.
But it does show that with the tremendous Newcastle support the lads get when they play all out – whether they win, lose or draw, and they were rightly applauded off the field yesterday – even though we suffered our third defeat in a row
If we can get a coach in that can get the very best out of the players he has – and inspire them to play like they did in the second half yesterday – in every game – we can still do well in the Premier League next year.
John Carver is a good man, there’s just no doubt about that, but as a coach he just hasn’t got what it takes to become the head coach at Newcastle.
We are hoping that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can make up for the blunders they made in January, by starting off the summer with some stellar signing of a top coach and somebody like Remi Garde or Thomas Tuchel would be good choices.
On the other hand if Newcastle appoint John Carver or Steve McClaren, we could be doomed for more mediocrity, and in fact we could struggle next season to finish in the top ten.
So the big decision for Newcastle is the head coach appointment, and if we can somebody very good in and then say five top players and keep player like Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez, who both played really well yesterday – we could even be one our way next season.
We hope that’s the case, but we have to admit that somebody like John Carver or Steve McClaren would be an easy choice for Mike Ashley, and he would continue his frugal ways at Newcastle without a moan from either of those Englishmen.
That would signal even more mediocrity on the way for the faithful Newcastle fans , who deserve a lot better than what the Billionaire has served up these last eight years.
What do you think?
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