Newcastle are the 19th richest club in the world based on revenues compiled by Deloitte in their Money League, and we are the 18th most valuable football club in the world based on Forbes valuation of football clubs around the world that was published a few days ago.
Yet on May 24th – exactly the same day (Sunday) and the same date we were relegated back in 2009 – we could be taking the drop again.
Kenny Dalglish – former Newcastle manager
It seems unbelievable when you consider we had 35 points after 27 games played, when we got our last win against Aston Villa on 28th February – and needed only 5 point sin the last 11 games to be safe.
But that game also turned out to be last points we picked up, and have lost the last eight games for the first time in our Premier League history.
Former manager Kenny Dalglish in his Mirror column, says everybody should be pulling together at the club to ensure Newcastle United stay in the Premier League:
“Now is the time for everybody at Newcastle to put aside any differences they have and focus 100% on staying in the Premier League.” “They simply cannot afford to fall out of the Premier League.””
“For the fans – never mind if you don’t like Mike Ashley. For the players – it doesn’t matter if you are looking at the guy next to them and don’t like him.
“And the same with the manager, John Carver.” “If you don’t like him, or think he was out-of-order with what he said last week about Mike Williamson looking like he deliberately got himself sent off against Leicester.”
“Whatever your issue, everything has to get thrown aside. Forget the grievances, getting that win is of paramount importance.” “Surely everybody at Newcastle, from the supporters to the owner, wants to stay in the Premier League?”
“t would be disappointing for the Premier League for Newcastle not to be in there. But there is a serious threat that it could happen.” Only they can help themselves and get out of it. Nobody else will help them.”
“Exactly what happens in the summer will be dependent on what division they are in. If they stay up, whoever is manager next season, whether it is somebody new or John Carver gets the job, they will not want to come in and just see the club making money.”
“Next season is a huge one for everybody. You stay up and you get £100M”
It doesn’t look like everybody is pulling together at Newcastle and putting differences aside – as unbelievable as that seems.
The feelings against Mike Ashley are so great there are some fans who say they would rather be in the second division without Mike Ashley than in the Premier League with Mike Ashley as owner.
The only problem with that is if we are relegated the chances that Mike Ashley will sell up and lose around £150M on his investment in Newcastle are very low – very low indeed.
Money is everything to Mike Ashley – remember that.
But we do understand the AshleyOut crew are not calling for any organized demonstrations at tomorrow’s game, although seven fans out of ten believe the protests should continue.
We’ve never seen the club so divided as we seem to be right now with just three games to play, and that’s one reason the chances of our going down are now greater than the chances of our staying up.
If we do go down it will be a crushing blow to the football club – there’s nothing good about being in England’s second division.
Playing poorer teams at poorer grounds for hardly any money and with little TV coverage – certainly none regularly around the world – that’s for sure.
But that’s where we are right now.
We hope we can win tomorrow.