News that Newcastle United have cancelled their end of season awards ceremony, which was planned for next week at St. James’ Park, because the club is fighting against relegation, and it’s the right thing to do – but they left it a bit late.
Lee Charnley – left the cancellation late
After our terrible defeat at Leicester City when we were taken apart by a side who had been bottom of the league for months and below us in the league when we played them – should have alerted the Newcastle hierarchy that they should have canceled the event at that time.
It was the second time we had lost at Leicester this year after we went down 1-0 in early January in the FA Cup when we fielded one of the weakest Newcastle sides in years.
It’s unfortunate for the Newcastle United Foundation who would have got some money for charity for the event and use it wisely in the local community – so the cancellation was left late.
This is what the club put out on their web-site:
“Newcastle United Football Club has made the very difficult decision that in view of the current league position, it would not be appropriate for the team and coaching staff to be celebrating the season and collecting awards at a time when our only focus is on the next two games and securing Premier League status.”
“The club would like to extend its apologies for any inconvenience caused to those businesses who had purchased tables to support the event, but we hope that you can appreciate our decision has not been taken lightly.”
The likelihood is that Newcastle’s fate will be decided on the last day of the season a week on Sunday when we host West Ham, so it would have been completely inappropriate to have the dinner next week.
However, if Newcastle can get their first win in 10 games at QPR on Saturday, and Hull City don’t win at Tottenham, we are safe in the Premier League.
We are hoping that’s what happens on Saturday.