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.