It´s Once Again Do Or Die Time At Newcastle

Just in case our players didn´t know they were in a fight for survival over the final eight games of the season new signing Andros Townsend – who had a good game on Sunday – has come out and said that we are now in a  do or die situation in second bottom place in the league and we must start winning games if we are to have any chance of survival this season.


Andros Townsend in action on Sunday

This is what Townsend has told the Chronicle today:

“It’s do or die now. It’s got to be the turning point. We need to start winning games now. The fans went home happy because we salvaged something from the game, but we need to start winning football matches.”

“That has to start at Norwich after the international break.” “I think in the end when you go into a game in the 80th minute 1-0 down you have to be happy with anything.”

“We have a point, we battled hard and we showed we have fighting spirit.” “Hopefully, we can continue that from now until the end of the season.”

“We were the side who looked like they were going to go on and win it. But we can’t complain and have to take this forward.”

“A point is good and we are still in the battle. We live to fight another day.” “I don’t think we can focus on Sunderland.”

“Norwich are three ahead of us now. It’s not in our own hands but there are going to be points dropped.”

“If we can beat Norwich it’s all to play for and we’re back in it.” “We are looking forward to Norwich and we have two more weeks training with the manager and him drilling his philosophy. We have to be positive.”

“The crowd were incredible – even when we went 1-0 down and made a few mistakes.” “They stayed behind us. And that’s what we are going to need now between now and the end of the season.”

“We have four more home games and if they get behind us hopefully we can pick up some wins.”

Both Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey were excellent buys for us in January, but we´re not sure what has happened to the other two players we signed – Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia – who didn´t even make the bench on Sunday.

Shelvey and Townsend are starting to produce for Newcastle and you can see how players who have played in the Premier League don´t need the time to get up to speed.

It was important we got players like that in during January – but we could have done with a couple more as it turns out.

We can only hope as the games go by that Rafa Benitez has an increasing ly positive effect with the team and we start to pick up some wins.

That could save us – but if we do go down it will be a complete and utter disaster for a club who spent £82M on new players this season.

It will become an example to all in football of how not to run a Premier League club.

We are hoping that doesn´t happen, because if we stay up then Rafa Benitez will stay with us and have a huge impact on the club at all levels – and it will be all positive.


Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Mar 23, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    our only hope is that Norwich do a Sunderland of the last twenty minutes. If they sit back we can hurt them. Comecst us and we’re fxxxxd

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Actually Ed

    Stay up or go down the lessons should still be the same.

    I think too many assurances are given by the club in the shape of it’s CEO which blow up in his face.

    Sissoko I think was promised not to be dropped if he stayed with the club.
    Coloccini similarly was given assurances when he signed an extension.
    Worst of all having turned McClaren’s head at Derby , the 2nd half of a season he had there , should have given pause for thought.

    Charnley thinks he is being a man of honour but that only works when every one else is honourable.

    That story about the player and his girlfriend off to London demonstrates what a lot on here rightly surmised.
    That is McClaren and his coaching team (Cathro excepted) were overawed by the job and way too soft with the players.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 23, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Chatting with a bloke to do with work yesterday… He’s also got connections to scouting / coaching the young uns at Boro. He was saying the craic coming out behind the scenes about Rafa is about the quick top to bottom changes he is making every day. He was saying he’s completely digging up the culture – one thing he has insisted on is that the first team areas, training, meals is exactly that, 1st team squad, essential coaching / support staff and nobody else. Which is apparently very different from the way it was a couple of weeks ago. He has booted everyone out of the way, no more U21 / 18s anywhere near the first team squad, no people hanging around until the 1st team is finished. Really separating them from everything in an attempt to focus and bond them as a group. The professionalism is very evident already…

  • G

    Mar 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Sing, that is absolutely true.

  • posada

    Mar 23, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Kicked around what our team should be and find myself going round in circles. Nothing seems the obvious way to go.
    We simply have to trust Raffa and support as ever.
    He certainly seems to be sorting things out big time.
    Long overdue.

  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Either way, I see this as a potential improvement over the last few years. If Rafa helps us survive, he will have the running of the club – no more Charnley and Carr running the show but a good manager at the helm who will hopefully have the TV money to get the players everyone else knew we have needed for so long. If Rafa fails and we go down, I expect Ashley could be persuaded to sell up, while we will have a core – Shelvey, Colback, Lascelles, Elliott, Dummet, Mitro, Armstrong and Aarons – who will give us a good chance of a prompt return and the basis of a young side to build on, albeit without Benitez running it.


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