Usually we can rely on some of our former players to be positive and supportive when Newcastle are in dire danger of being relegated – which is the position we find ourselves in at the moment.
How and why that’s the case is another matter, but let’s just say it’s another huge shock and nightmare for Newcastle fans – after what happened last season with John Carver when we lost nine of our last 11 games in the league.
Stuart Pearce when manager at Nottingham Forest
Former Newcastle left-back Stuart Pearce has said we will go from strength to strength this season and he had this little bit of positivity to say on the Sky Sports Now show yesterday morning:
“I think Newcastle will go from strength to strength between now and the end of the season and pull clear of the relegation zone.”
“I think Steven Taylor coming back as well, his first game since August I think at the weekend, the captain of the club and a big influence around the club.”
Well Steven isn’t of course the captain of the club although he is the longest-serving player at the club and a local lad – although his contract runs out in late June.
Stuart Pearce while at Newcastle in 1998
Stuart Pearce was a huge admirer of Taylor when Pearce was the U21 manager and in fact he made Steven captain of the side and the Greenwich-born player of Geordie parents played 29 times with four goals for the England U21 side.
Taylor also made one appearance for the England B side in 2007 when Steve McClaren was the England manager.
Stuart joined Newcastle in the summer of 1997 when Kenny Dalglish was the manager – and he stayed for a couple of years and the former England and Nottingham Forest left-back played 41 times for us with one goal.
We hope Stuart’s right about Newcastle – and it would be really good if we can be safe before the final game of the season – if only to help the nerves just a little bit.