This Is What We Need To See Against Norwich City

It’s a long wait to our next game next Saturday at Carrow Road against one of the many great little clubs in England – Norwich City – who get terrific support from their fans and it’s already a sell-out for the visit of the much bigger and more famous club – Newcastle United – in six days time.

But our team has been hopeless since 2012 and we only just survived relegation last season, but we are even worse off this season after the Board in their wisdom followed their woeful choice of John Carver as head coach last season after Alan Pardew left – with another poor choice  – Steve McClaren.

The result is that we will be lucky to survive this season – especially with an away record of 12 defeats in 15 games, with only 7 goals scored.

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Rafa Benitez – our only remaining hope is this man

No doubt Norwich and all the other clubs we will visit in the remaining five away games this season will know all about that terrible record, which shows a lack of fight and spirit away from St. James’ Park.

But we must start to pick up points – especially in this relegation 6 pointer next Saturday.

If we cannot, then we will become a Championship side next season, looking for a new manager in the summer – and we will be in the football wilderness again.

That’s while other clubs like Leicester, Stoke, Southampton, Watford, West Brom and Swansea build up their teams with the big money coming in from the Premier League.

If we are relegated Newcastle will be laying employees off and cutting costs as we get peanuts as a Championship club – although for a couple of years we do get some parachute payments from the Premier League.

That’s almost completely due to the incompetent people at the top running the club – including owner Mike Ashley who is always ultimately responsible for the club.

It’s a tough game on Saturday – no doubt about it – but the very least the very long-suffering Newcastle fans deserve is to see their team turn up – in both halves and fight it out with the Norwich City players.

Make no mistake – the Norwich players will be ready for this game and they know all about our new manager Rafa Benitez and his presence on the touchline will only act as an extra incentive to manager Alex Neil and his players.

They will want to win this game, which would put Newcastle in a really dire position.

Rafa seems to be the only hope we have – and if we are relegated in the summer he will leave, so there will be no hope – well not too much of it any way.

It’s now up to our players to show some fight, spirit and not a little guts and go all out for the win we need at Carrow Road.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome

15 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #1

    And Ed, don’t overlook that this season our erstwhile MD, ably assisted by Carr, wasted millions on players we didn’t need and/ or are useless and at the same time, neglected to strengthen the positions where weakness has been a problem for a couple of years.

    I suspect that had they bought a quality CB, LB and striker, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today but still had McClaren at the helm. A bit of a two-edged sword that one.

  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Some of Eds previous posts are ridiculous stories, made up by whom?
    How can we plan to strengthen with any player’s, when we’re almost certain to go down.
    We’re the second worst team in the premier league how can we stay up with a squad made up from flops. Ridiculous.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    This Is What We Need To See Against Norwich City

    Norwich 0 – Newcastle United 4

  • Thump

    Mar 27, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    @toon kk: I’m happy to see any article that isn’t just pure Rafa praising. ie: that picture of him yesterday as the pope, I mean howay man…

  • hibbitt

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    toon kk

    if your so sure we are going down its not as ridiculous as you think plans should be in place for a complete revamp of the squad ready for the championship do i think they will be with Charnley & Carr the answer to that is NO

  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    you needed a “harrumph” at the end of your post

  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    The speculation about quality players we supposed to be interested in are for premier league clubs, we should be scouting quality championship players ready for next season.
    Rafa is a great manager but he’s not a magician.

  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Maybe it certainly livened the blog up.
    But to be fair I’m only being realistic.
    We’ve been sh.t for a long time, Rafa can’t transform us that quick.

  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9
  • Mag52

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon kk,

    I really think so much of it is in the mind that if Rafa can bring that small extra percentage of focus, effort and will to win to each player’s game, it could make the difference between now and the end of the season.
    After all, most of the first choice team are international players aren’t they, so the basics of football should be a given.

  • toon22

    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    In all the years Sissokos been here how many games has he actually been effective out on the right?
    Imho he isnt a wide player,he has poor decision making when it matters,for this reason i wouldnt have him in an attacking possition.His stregnth is his size and power,he is quick.He is rubbish at crossing and cant get a shot on target,play him at LB.

  • shaun83

    Mar 27, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Still hopeful but can’t say confident. I look at Sunderlands run in with more home games than away, I look at ours with more away games and how bad we’ve been on the road and I’m seriously worried. Didn’t the scousers say in Rafa we trust? Just gonna go with that and pray!!!

  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    That’s about it, it’s in people’s minds that Rafa will be the savior of Newcastle (and let’s hope he is) but there’s to many flaws and lack of quality for us to compete, we’d struggle in the championship, no goals no points.
    Any team can have quality players but without the correct support /quality around them they won’t play to there potential.

    I say it how it is not like many other people who think we’re something that were not, look at the table it doesn’t lie.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know if we will survive; all I know is the players we have have underachieved under Carver and McClaren and should be mid table at worst! Rafa will get us results but the only doubt is how many the others will get. The interesting thing he has said from the start is if the results don’t come immediately don’t give up. We need 4 or 5 wins and it usually gets easier near the end of season when opponents usually have nothing to play for. The only exception may be Spurs but hopefully their Championship will be settled before the last game! Rafa is a genius don’t underestimate him!

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 27, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Sunderland have won 1 in 10 under SA! If that’s them on a good run we have nothing to worry about. Norwich were gifted that win v West Brom and parked the bus v Man city to get a draw at home. We have just had a real go at a good Leicester side and a predictable draw in the Derby. I’m backing us to stay up !


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