Even though Rafa has said many times the players don’t even talk about the potential takeover of Newcastle some fans are wondering how the team can suddenly start playing so badly.
Yesterday was easily the worst performance this season, and maybe the worst performance of a Rafa coached Newcastle team since he joined us in March of last year.
If the players think they can use the takeover as any kind of excuse (in fairness to them we doubt they would) Alan Sharer has come out on Match of the Day last night and said they cannot use that as any excuse.
That’s because it has nothing at all to do with them.
Alan Shearer – don’t use takeover as an excuse
This is some of what Alan said on Match of the Day last night:
“The players can’t use that as an excuse. The takeover has got nothing to do with them whatsoever,”
“They’ve got to go out and do the business and perform a hell of a lot better than they did today.”
“But for Rafa’s situation, he needs the takeover to happen quickly because he needs new players in January.”
We’ve seen four successive defeats and scored only one goal in those games.
Also, our goal difference has been shot (it’s now -6) with Newcastle conceding 7 goals in the last two games when in the previous 11 games we conceded only 10 goals.
Goal difference can be important when teams are tied with the same number of points.
Newcastle somehow need to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.
Another defeat in that game would be another calamity before we play at Stamford Bridge in the late kickoff game on Saturday.