This Is The Big Concern For Sunday

As well as not playing well and sometimes not even seeming to care, another big weakness the Newcastle side have shown over the last three months is that they are not strong mentally, and once the opposition go ahead the players seem to wilt – much like happened lat Saturday and in our relegation season six years ago.

Nobby Solano played for Newcastle when we actually had a good team, and was here for the five years under Sir Bobby Robson when we were a Champions League club.


Nobby Solano while at Newcastle

This is what the 40 year-old has said in the Chronicle today:

“Newcastle shouldn’t be in this position.” “If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for the city and the supporters who have backed you all season.”

“My big worry is that they haven’t been winning games anyway and now they have to win a game under intense pressure – especially if news filters through from Hull that they are winning.”

“It really is down to the players to show they care.” “They’ve got one more chance to save this and if they can’t do it for themselves, they have to do it for the city and the fans.”

“Newcastle’s fans don’t deserve to be in the Championship.” “It’s difficult because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“We all pray Newcastle stay up and hope that after this experience they can make sure they don’t get back to this situation again.”.

“Whoever the club are considering as manager will be asking whether they get to bring in their own players or will they be told who they will get.”

“It’s important that gets sorted quickly.” “We really need to see them fighting out there.” “They could need three points to get out of this if Hull are winning.”

“The only way they will get that is by sweating some blood for the cause.” “The big thing everybody is worried about is where that fight is going to come from.”

“They have to go out and show one last time they can be a team and they can fight for the fans.”

It’s a huge problem at this stage of the season to be losing games almost all the time,  and Nobby’s right – it’s now asking a lot of the team to break a streak of three months without a win, by winning the last game of the season and against a good side in West Ham.

And if the lads go behind, and especially if Hull are winning at home against the Red Devils, that would not be good and the crowd could even turn on the players.

We really hope that doesn’t happen because we are in this thing together.

It’s not a good situation at all on Tyneside at the moment and a win will be difficult – but there again Newcastle can do the unexpected – so we are still hoping for a win.

The worst scenario on Sunday is that Hull win and we don’t and we are relegated.

That would be completely devastating – and it’s painful to even think about it given were we were at the end of February.

The next worst scenario is we stay up but are beaten, and we end the season with one  point from 11 games.

But hey,  we would still in the Premier League, and then the summer becomes the biggest summer in the last eight years  for the club.

We are hoping against hope for a Newcastle win on Sunday – so we save ourselves.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    A draw and Hull winning with the mackems and Hull overtaking on GD after letting go two international defenders in January, would sum up Mike Ashleys reign.

  • Ron Knee

    May 19, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Mbabu seems to be permanently injured.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron Knee,
    They all seem to be permanently injured, is it an insurance fiddle ?

  • roberts left boot

    May 19, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder what the odds of solano being the next manager are. To me he should be up there with any candidate Mike Ashley has in mind as he is popular with the fans so could lower the heat on Ashley, hasn’t made his name in management yet so can’t demand too much, his last management role took a team from relegation to mid table. He also probably has more knowledge of the South American market than all of our scouts combined and that might get Ashley excited as he could discover the next messi/Neymar for pennies then sell for who knows however many millions

  • Go toon gooooo

    May 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    No Damien no relegation.

  • BandB

    May 19, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6


    “i’m not one to make excuses, but we had a lot of players out injured.”

  • joeinthecheapseats

    May 19, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t see how we would even be mid table in the championship if we got relegated.
    Morale is terrible, Carver is useless at best and no signs of a takeover in the summer.
    Season tickets must be at an all time low with fans cancelling in huge numbers
    It’s about time Ashley made some sort of statement and showed some respect for the fans

  • Consett Mag

    May 19, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Problem with this story is – is relegation so disastrous? ‘
    I don’t want relegation, as it is not right for the world’s 18th most valuable football club to play outside the top flight – but the other clubs on the Forbes rich list all play Champions League football and are trying to win things.
    1st time I’ve asked this, but the way Ashley is not using our income to build a decent team, but just creaming off many millions with “increased operating costs” and banking the rest, what is the point being in a division where have one win every three months?

    We need a new owner who wants a good team – and with £150m+ coming in, if we stay up, it will only benefit our owner – and no-one else.

    Sorry, but I think we need to swallow a very bitter pill to have a chance of mending our well busted football club. If we go down on Sunday, for the first time in my life, I won’t really mourn. How sad is that?

  • jimiley

    May 19, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Consett Mag,

    Agreed. Do we want more of the same tosh next season in the Premiership. That is called a living death. Lets win a few games in the Championship and outlast Ashley until he leaves.

  • toonluvva

    May 19, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10


    If we get relegated, I wouldn’t put it past Mr Ashley to claim the parachute payments, whilst selling off whatever assets we have.

    We’ll end up with an empty shell, possibly in Div 1, perhaps Div 2. No one will touch us.

    I don’t know all the ins and outs of accountancy, but if it suits him, I bet he’ll even put us into administration if it helps his tax poition.


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