It’s got to the level that Peter Beardsley has come out and given an interview in the Chronicle, and his words seem to be directly aimed at the Newcastle players, and Peter is trying to encourage our players to fight for Newcastle, when they wear the famous black and white shirt – including tomorrow night at Anfield.
Peter Beardsley – players must give the effort – in every game
The fact that Peter thinks that’s necessary shows just how bad things are at the moment, when some of our players just don’t bother turning up for games – including the disaster that was our game at the Stadium of Light a week ago.
This is some of what Peter has said in the Chronicle before we play one of Peter’s other clubs – Liverpool – tomorrow night at Anfield:
“You look at the Arsenal game when the team played well but still lost.” “The players got applauded off.” “I’ve been there. I have been lucky, I wasn’t a great, great player but I ran around.” “I had bad days and I missed penalties and missed chances.”
“But they knew I was giving everything I had.” “People recognize that. People recognize that you care.” “I am really lucky in that sense. I played a lot of games for this club and people thought more of me than we should have.”
“But I ran around. That’s the thing I always say to the kids here.” “You can have the talent, but I always say: ‘Make sure you run around’.” “That is non-negotiable at our level. You can’t say: ‘I’ll run around now and again’.”
“They loved me because they knew I was giving my maximum every time.”
A number of our players are literally playing for their Newcastle careers – and their contracts run out at the end of June.
As it stands at the moment it could well be that Jonas, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi don’t have their contracts renewed – and it seems of those the player with the best chance of earning a new deal is Ryan.
It would be great to get something out of the game tomorrow night, and you never know what you can to do unless your really go for it.
And then we play Tottenham at home on Sunday afternoon, when Fab Coloccini will return from suspension, and we could even have a decent back four of Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini and Ryan Taylor.
It’s our chance to get the double over Spurs this season – and that would be something positive – if unusual.
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