We have slipped into the relegation zone after our 8th defeat in 9 games at the Emirates on Saturday.
That’s the worst stretch of results since we started this blog over ten and a half years ago and it’s very painful.
But the lads played well at Arsenal especially in the second half, and that gives us some hope we can start winning games again.
Maybe that can be at West Ham on Saturday – a win in that game would be a terrific first win since way back on October 21st.
Issac Hayden has been doing the rounds on the interview circuit, and he talks today about owner Mike Ashley in the Guardian.
He rightly explains why Mike Ashley is not the right owner for Newcastle and he is quite polite about it too.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s current owner
This is some of what Hayden has said in the interview:
“The target for the season has to be survival.”
“The club has so much potential but it’s never going to be realized under the current ownership. I don’t think it’s because Mike Ashley doesn’t want to realize it.”
“I think it’s that he can’t afford to fully realize it. Look at the Man City owners or the Glazers at United.”
“The money that has to be spent in the Premier League, just to be competitive at the top end of the table is absolutely crazy now.”
“He’s just not in that league and he genuinely cannot compete.”
“He’s trying to sell and it will be amazing for Newcastle when the takeover happens but in the meantime, it’s up to us to stay in the league.”
“We can do that, especially with Rafa as manager. Realistically, we can aim for 12th and up.”
“It’s about getting it right and if we stay in the league, as I believe we will, everything will come together.”
It does seem that our players are being distracted about what’s going on with the takeover – but they have to concentrate on their jobs.
That job is to start winning games again otherwise we could be a Championship club next season.
Nobody wants that to happen.