Newcastle Could Be Relegated This Season


Leighton James is now 62 and the former winger played most of his football at Burnley and he was born in Swansea and played for a number of clubs  including his home town club and he even spent a year at Sunderland from 1983.

He was capped 54 times for Wales.

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Leighton James today – now a controversial journalist

Leighton James is now a journalist and he writes a column for the South Wales Evening Post, and since his writings have not been without controversy.

He caused controversy in March 2008 by commenting in the South Wales Evening Post that he would like  to see Cardiff lose to Barnsley in the FA Cup semi-final.

He was also dropped from the BBC for other controversial comments he has made.

Well it looks like he’s still at it – and yesterday he said he wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle get relegated this season:

Never mind Sunderland being early tips for relegation — Newcastle fans should also start worrying after last weekend’s display.

The Magpies were absolutely woeful in that 2-0 defeat at the Liberty and anyone who watched the game knows the score could easily have been double that.

Swansea City were so much better than the Geordies it was embarrassing. That was Swansea’s sixth victory over the Magpies in seven games — and the other match ended as a draw.

We’ve gone past the point where Swansea can relish in a good run of results against a once great side. They are now operating on a completely different level to Newcastle.

And, if they’re not careful, Newcastle’s area of the table could be the one that gets booted into the Championship come May.

I don’t think Newcastle will be causing anyone too much pain this season.

We beat Swansea 2-0 in April of 2012 with two goals from newly signed Papiss Cisse so he has his facts wrong there.

But in the nine league games we have played them since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, they still have six wins, two draws and one defeat.

Newcastle didn’t play well last Saturday especially in those first 20 minutes, and if we play the same way on Saturday at Old Trafford then the game will be lost rather quickly.

Newcastle have to show that they are side difficult to beat this season – and therefore make it a lot different from the disaster of last season.

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121 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    BandB
    I think a shock result is more likely against Arsenal, with Sissoko trying to impress Arsène!

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  • BandB

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s not a journalist. He’s a columnist and columnists are paid to court controversy.
    Who gives a toss what he thinks.

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  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Who cares what this blokes opinion is.

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  • thevirus

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Never heard of this muppet so I certainly won’t be paying any attention to his points of view. I think we are a mid table team maybe slightly better if we strengthen our defence

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  • Tunami

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Who gives a *** what this scum thinks – is he playing Fergie’s mind games for him now he can’t do it himself.
    Everyone – take note – and when Newcastle DON’T get relegated , all drop him a little reminder about how knowledgeable he isn’t!

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  • thevirus

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Massive if that

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  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Tunami
    Send a copy to Robbie savage

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  • martoon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    He is right – we were pants last Saturday but we did play with 10 men for a lot of the game and hopefully when the new players gel we will improve.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I remember him well from the ‘seventies. Good player. Didn’t know he was a pundit.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    We will have a better idea after our tough start. Don’t see us as relegation candidates Leighton but we do need another defender. I think left back position needs attention then we have the option of Dummet at CB in case of injuries to current mob.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    to be fair we were awful against Swansea and looked like relation fodder…but we are better than that display and we definitely won’t be relegated.

    I guess the ultimate FCUK YOU would be for newcastle to finish ahead for swansea but that might be a bit much to hope for.

    …and yes…his twitter page or whatever will get some stick come the end of the season

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    It appears there are are 50,001 opinions

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    the only valid point leighton james has is when you go through the 2 teams who played on saturday how many newcastle players would get in a combined swansea / newcastle mash up. Answer – very few.

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  • G

    Aug 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Say what you like about the bloke, but if you read the full column, which is based only on that game, it’s hard to disagree with him. Yes, if we play like we did against Swansea, then yes, relegation would be a real worry. I’m hoping that match was just a blip. Anyway, bring on Manyoo, every game I have seen them play under LVG they look very beatable. I have a feeling that this one could be ours. Howay the Toon.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m surprised that people on here don’t see us as potential relegation candidates. I mean, we were last season were we not? Lucky to survive we were, to be fair. Are we that much better now? I’m yet to be convinced. I think we are clearly a bottom third proposition, and if you are at that end of the table you have to be vulnerable. Fair play to the club, they’ve spent some money, but the Swansea game looked all too much like last season’s miserable performances for me to feel that things have really turned around.

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  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    G @ 15

    If you read the pundits view of the precious game against Southampton it’s a completely different story.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Conveys it like an arse but you can’t argue with the gist of it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Ian Toon // Aug 20, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    ” Don’t take this the wrong way” or with all due respect. There are idiots on here on so many levels
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Way to ingratiate yourself with fellow bloggers there Ian.

    On another tact surely a swap with Rivi (+ cash) and Abdennour, on similar lines to Thauvin/ Cabella would be ideal. Quite like the sound of Rolan for Goofy + cash too.

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  • G

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    @17, agreed, if Soton hadn’t taken a kicking off Everton this weekend though I would be happier about our point with them. I still think we look like a fairly poor team, however, I have great confidence that we will improve and do much better than next year. I can see us definitely finishing in the top ten, however, I can’t see us needing our passports next year, unless we do fluke the LC / FAC.

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Leighton James mentions not one word about NUFC being down to 10 men for over an hour.
    Good columnist that he is !!!

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  • derekm

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    I AM old enough to remember Leighton James – he was a very good player but even then always got into trouble with ridiculous statements. Time to ignore another has been making a sleazy living from outlandish comments.
    Ashley was obviously scared to death by last years flirt with relegation, as well as the dramatic slump in season ticket sales until he opened his wallet! He simply CANNOT AFFORD not to invest heavily against going down and the crazy cash he might lose.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib, did you like what you saw before the sending off? I didn’t…

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  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    The overrated Frenchman @ 16

    The general consensus of opinion, based on historical evidence, from most pundits is that the teams that just escape relegation and the teams newly promoted are the clubs that have the highest risk of being relegated.

    However, it isn’t always the case that all three newly promoted clubs get relegated but it’s almost guaranteed that at least one newly promoted club will be relegated.

    Teams which regularly hover around the lower reaches season after season eventually get relegated. Aston Villa and Sunderland are the favourites this year.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    On dear…SM has just resorted to a Pardewism of the worst kind by saying…Don’t judge my Newcastle team until 12 games in!!!

    Hate it when a manager says that!

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  • sparky55

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron

    Methinks Sissoko will have left by then

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  • Magpies4Life

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    One could argue that any team in any league can be relegated in any season. But forget about that & let’s watch the league unfold.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotunda- You need to place in context – though I was not on a charm offensive.
    The every transfer is a risk point- our super scout likely has an explanation – Fecundo Ferreyra last season, to my knowledge didn’t make an appearance not even on the bench.

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  • G

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    @27, agreed. Strictly speaking Chelsea and Citeh could be relegated. It’s very unlikely, but possible (Wouldn’t it be nice if they were though?)

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    The overrated Frenchman
    I mentioned on a previous thread I have watched the Swansea game about 5 times since last weekend and in my opinion people are over – dramatising how bad we were.
    Remember we were playing with 9 men against their 11 .
    I always think with Obertan in the side the opposition have a player start.
    I know he stung the goalies hands a couple of times but his overall contribution to any game is abysmal.

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  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    When should we be judging mcclaren’s team? He hasn’t been there long, a lot of work to do with the players already at the club with confidence being at an all time low after last season. New players brought in and need to gel with the rest of the squad.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    I remember him too, he was a dirty little toad who liked to nip, kick, pull hair, the full monty. A gobshyte of the highest order and hey! Nothings changed. Anybody who makes a statement like that, based on one game, about a team and manager yet to settle and click – one not even finished in the transfer market – is quite simply making a rod for his own back. He always was a miserable whining toerag, so I advise anybody who doesn’t remember him to take what he says with a pinch of salt. He always had far too much to say for himself about other players and teams. It’s a miserable photo of a miserable man. Nuff said.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib
    Uve watched the Swansea game 5 times since last week? U need to get something going in ur life mate if thats true…though I suspect its not

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #34

    WWSBRD
    I don’t watch TV crap so while you are sitting slack jawed enthralled by Emmerdale Eastenders Corry and Loose women I’m watching footy.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Jib – you reckon we were a man short with Obertan. Others will say the same about Colo, Sissoko, Haidara, Anita and Colback! Bottom line is we never look rock solid, competent or imposing, and I don’t think any other team in the league will feel they have anything to fear when they play us.

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    Bobbybee
    Welsh ex mackem !!!!
    We just need to be told he’s married to an Australian sheila and he’d have a brag hand.
    Ha ha ha

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    sparky
    Fair point!

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  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #38

    SanD

    It has to be at the end of the season.

    McClaren has a new coaching team around him. They have to gel. He intends to implement a new style of play which will take time to implement and refine of which some of his existing players may not be able to adjust to. He also has new arrivals who have no experience of the country and the Premiership.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #39

    SandD, you’re spot on mate, the side isn’t settled yet, they’re still adapting to the new philosophy and it will take time to make any judgement worthy of the name. Whereas I think we should – should – have enough, other think differently and that’s simply because it’s too early to judge. We’re guessing, nothing more. I think how I think because I’m an optimist, that’s probably the truth of it, but even I won’t say ‘we will be safe for sure’ because of our old friend ‘sods law’ – who has a tendency to bite you back. He’s asked for 10-12 games before judgement which sounds reasonable to me.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib
    So u sit and re watch the team u support play terribly and lose? Yeah am not buying it

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