After our very poor showing on Monday night – after two good performances in the previous two league game at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal, when we fought hard for 74 minutes with 10 men.
It’s not too surprising that Newcastle fans are worried about this season, after the disaster that took place earlier this year under John Carver but hey – it’s not time to assume Newcastle will be relegated this season.
That’s just ridiculous – it’s one game and we didn’t play well and we deserved to be beaten.
Andy Cole – while at Newcastle
Andy Cole played for us for only two years from early February, 1993 through January 1995, when he scored 68 goals in 85 appearances for the club.
He was unbelievable when he played for Newcastle.
He was then famously sold to Manchester United for £7M – £6 in cash plus the £1M million-rated Keith Gillespie in part exchange.
Andy has over-done the negative aspects of Newcastle in his column for Yahoo Sport:
“I was at a good club – Newcastle – with a good manager Kevin Keegan and a good chairman, Sir John Hall.” “They knew the area and understood it, they got Tyneside buzzing.”
“Steve McClaren shares this trait, though his ultimate boss Mike Ashley had been a disappointment who has antagonized fans with penny-pinching and a lack of ambition.”
“He’s a very successful businessman, but he’s not a very successful club owner.” “But let’s not forget that he’s also a rarity in the Premier League.”
“He’s a self-made English owner who can’t be expected to compete with foreign oligarchies and sovereign wealth funds by selling trainers from warehouses on the edge of British cities.”
“Steve will set his teams up with a system which will work but while I have faith in his talents, I fear that Newcastle are in for a long, tough season.”
“Now bottom of the table without a win in five and with only two goals, Newcastle are struggling.”
“I watched them at West Ham on Monday and they created nothing and didn’t work the opposing goalkeeper.”
“That’s West Ham, not Chelsea or Manchester City who they’ll meet after playing at home to promoted Watford on Saturday.
“That is already a must win because sadly, despite spending £47million, they look little different from last season.”
We should remind Andy that we took a point at Old Trafford and could have even won that game in stoppage time.
My goodness, all that negative stuff – and we’ve played only five games.
In fact Andy’s views are so negative – I feel like I’ve just watched the evening news on TV!
If we beat Watford we’ll have 5 points from the first six games.
I know negative news is good news for journalists, because it helps sell stuff – but that’s just a little over the top from the former great Newcastle striker.
We’ve spent £52M net this summer and have brought in four decent players – that’s more than we’ve spent in any transfer window the eight years under Mike Ashley – by a long way.
While we have made a worse start than last season, but talk about relegation now in mid-September is both premature and ridiculous.
It’s true we are not in a good position at the moment but hey – there’s 33 league games left to play – 99 points to play for.
We are not ready to give up on Newcastle United.