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Former Star Confident But Here’s Why Newcastle In Real Danger

8:18 am, Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

When we were relegated in 2009 Newcastle were nearly always above the bottom three, but it was a terrible run-in to the season – when in the final 12 games of the season we picked up only one win and three draws – 6 points.

So let’s hope we pick up more than 6 points this season in our final 12 games, because otherwise we will end up with 30 points – 4 less than in our relegation season – and definitely be relegated – and deserve to be too.

rob lee

Rob Lee – former great Newcastle midfielder

And in that season we had the sixth most expensive wage bill in the Premier League and most pundits thought we would be safe – too good to go down – was the phrase used.

Especially when Alan Shearer was appointed manager with 8 games to go on April 1st of 2009, when most Newcastle fans thought we would be safe after that appointment.

We were all wrong.

So it’s with that little bit of history in mind that we comment on what former Newcastle great Rob Lee has said in his column in the Chronicle today.

Rob is 1o0% certain Newcastle will not be relegated and here is some of what he had to say:

“With a dozen games left of the campaign, even though Newcastle United are still languishing in the Premier League relegation zone, I remain 100% confident the Magpies will not go down.”|

“I’ve seen a lot of the teams battling down at the bottom of the Premier League, and I believe there are at least three worse sides than United.”

“It’s something I’ve said for a while, and I still maintain it. Newcastle are a decent Premier League team – no better and no worse than that.”

With 12 games to in 2009 Newcastle had 28 points and we were 14th in the league with a goal difference of -9.

Today we are in a worse position with 24 points,  3rd bottom and a goal difference of -22.

We don’t have much confidence in Steve McClaren as the head coach and he has spent most of the season telling us why everything will be OK in May, even though we have been in the bottom four all season.

He should have been fired before now, but our real fear is the club will stick with him and hope for the best –  even if results continue to be poor, and it could then be too late.

Newcastle’s strategy when facing possible relegation seems to be just that – do nothing and hope for the best.

Or maybe it’s no knee jerk reactions, keep calm and hope for the best?

🙂

Loyalty is good and we have nothing against Steve personally – but loyalty is not good when it’s overdone to the extent that it puts the club in danger of being relegated.

And at the moment we are in severe danger of being relegated, as we were last season when we also did nothing about it.

Of course the best solution is that we start to win some games and pull away from the relegation zone, but we’ve been saying that all season.

What do you think about out current situation?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Press




10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    ” … at least three worse sides than United”. Worse in what sense?

  • 2 sing in the corner // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Worse in the sense that they will get fewer points than us I surmise…

  • 3 Ron Knee // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    sing

    Do you think we’re ‘too good to go down’? I don’t!

  • 4 firebug666 // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Ron

    All these so called worse clubs all seem to look more comfortable on the ball than we do, they press other team more than we do, and they look hungrier than we do.

    I think this season will go down to the wire, and a little bit of luck rather than footballing ability may be the deciding factor.

    Most everyone (all sky pundits for example) reckon we will be safe, yet our dismal performances and lack of passion say otherwise.

    On paper we should have enough to be safe, but we just don’t seem to gel on the pitch.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    No I don’t, not at all! But the point is that there are 3 teams who are even less too good to go down. Or is it more too good to go down? Oh no, I’m so confused!

  • 6 Ron Knee // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    firebug

    It’s the lack of organisation and commitment that I find worrying.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    if we can win the next 12 games i’m 100% we will stay up with no problem 😉

    all we have to do is score more than the other team and i’m sure we will win.

  • 8 croftus5678 // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    how can the gap from top to bottom be so narrow with reguards to quality ! anyone can be relegated in the prem now as every team has so many quality players.

    with 3 signings the team we have could be challenging for europe imo yet the likes of manure imo could easily be in relegation.

    we need the desire / edge and belief that we are better than everyone else and want every win more than the other team.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Croftus with our goal difference an awful lot more.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Feb 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    @9 tsunki

    lol yep




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