Stuart Pearce played for Newcastle for two seasons from 1997 through 1999 and he played 54 times for us with one goal.
Stuart is in the news today because of comments he has made about Newcastle United on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT and it seems Stuart expects Newcastle to have a downturn in form sometime this season.
Newcastle have done really well by anybody’s measure this season after a dodgy start when we somehow lost our first two games at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield.
Stuart Pearce when he played for Newcastle
But since then we have 14 of the 16 games we have played in all competitions and we are 3 points clear of Brighton at the top of the Championship.
34 points form the first 15 games and a goal difference of 20 is not bad.
Stuart Pearce thinks Newcastle will not have it all our own way for the rest of the season.
This is what the former Nottingham Forest standout had to say about Newcastle:
“They’ll have a downturn.” “That happens in the Championship. 46 games, you’ll never have it all your own way.”
“They will take some stopping and they will be in the top four. “We think they’ll be in the top two, but Norwich have a squad which can stay with them.”
Newcastle have now won 7 games in a row after earlier in the season winning 6 games in a row – so we have done extremely well after our first two games.
Stuart may be right about having a downturn – for instance we may lose a game sometime – we suppose that’s possible.
But with Rafa Benitez in charge that downturn will not last long – if it happens – as Rafa demands excellence and 100% all the time from his players.
The players are starting to understand how they can produce in every single game and they fight if the team goes behind.
That’s a welcome change from Steve McClaren and last season when we often gave up the ghost long before the end of games.
That will not happen under Rafa Benitez.
Stuart Pearce today
Stuart is fairly positive in Newcastle though and he thinks we will get an automatic promotion spot.
What do you think?