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BBC Pundit Says It’s Not Time To Press Panic Button Just Yet

Former Aston Villa and Manchester City defender Micah Richards doesn’t think it’s time for panic just yet at Newcastle. Richards, who played under Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, has an article at bbc.com in which he attempts to placate fears that Newcastle are already irreversibly doomed.

This is what Richards said about Newcastle’s performance on Sunday:

Things look pretty grim for Newcastle after Sunday’s heavy defeat by Leicester but I don’t think they need to press the panic button yet.

Yes, the second half at the King Power Stadium turned into a total nightmare for the Magpies but you have to remember they were down to 10 men and were playing an in-form Foxes side, who went after them relentlessly.

I actually thought the Magpies were decent defensively and held a good line until Isaac Hayden was sent off, and it was only after the break when their heads dropped and things got messy.

We thought Newcastle played decently up until the Ricardo goal. The players inexplicably let the Portuguese right-back waltz straight through the defense after gathering the ball at the halfway line. His subsequent shot beat Dubravka, and after that we saw nothing from Newcastle.

Leicester City, sensing a wounded animal, turned the screws on Newcastle in a bid for a second goal. They didn’t find that until the second half but Hayden’s red card just before half-time was just the final nail in an already closing coffin.

While the two quick goals to start the second half were unlucky – the second was a Dubravka error and the third was from a deflection – the team had a collective sense of defeat surrounding them. They showed no fight in them whatsoever.

Richards went on to talk about what Bruce would have said after the game and how he’ll try to get it sorted this week for the Manchester United:

He will have been talking about what the team needs to do better as a whole. That is what his focus will be on now, and it is only September, so he has got time to put it right.

Next weekend’s home game against Manchester United is a massive one and a chance to change the mood at St James’ Park – where he is yet to get a win.

The players are going to be under an awful lot of pressure to show the home fans that they have what it takes to turn this season around. It seems like every week there is an emphasis on the player’s showing a reaction. That does not augur well for the future.

While they did put in a reaction at Tottenham, the rest of the performances have crossed a spectrum from underwhelming to shambolic. It reminds us too much of our two relegation seasons. So while it is still early, the likelihood that the people at the top will dither before any required action means it’s time to at least sound some alarms.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 5-0 Submission At Leicester City?

  • Fabian Schar (21%, 186 )
  • Andy Carroll (21%, 181 )
  • Christian Atsu (12%, 103 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (7%, 58 )
  • Sean Longstaff (6%, 55 )
  • Isaac Hayden (6%, 54 )
  • Miguel Almiron (5%, 44 )
  • Yoshinori Muto (4%, 39 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (4%, 34 )
  • Emil Krafth (4%, 34 )
  • Joelinton (3%, 27 )
  • Paul Dummett (3%, 25 )
  • Martin Dubravka (2%, 20 )
  • Ki Sung-yueng (1%, 8 )

Total Voters: 868

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23 comments so far

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1


    It’s a shame Bruce didn’t question his own ability instead of choosing to take the position purely based on his desire to get back to the PL

  • toon kk

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Cirtainly Alot of pressure on players especially asking something they’re either not capable or willing to produce.
    We’ve reverted back to the Carver era, there will only be one outcome.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Muto needs a run in the team he was actually getting into goal scoring positions (although he fluffed a great chance before they scored) and making runs that if we were switched on would have been an easy through ball to him!

    Longstaff and Ki need to play no matter what so even if Shelvey and Hayden come back in a few games they should be benched for a bit if the other 2 are fit

    Almiron should be moved from the right wing he should either be the left winger or even trying to move him into the midfield as a no 10 where he can break with pace and try giving us an extra man in the middle

    Joelinton isn’t a striker need to play him in his best position which seems to be wide and use Muto as the main striker until Gayle or Carroll are 100%

    Atsu has went back to not really doing anything but I always feel he would be better as a right winger or even as the no 10

    Its a bit of a conundrum as we don’t seem to have the physical presence either all of our forward players got bullied quite easily so makes it harder to get any little slick passing moves going as they lose possession when faced with a defender near them

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail its too early to say if Joelinton is a waste of money but its not looking good. My problem with him is that he doesnt put the effort in but technically he isnt a bad player at all, although the valuation is too high. I bet he’d look fine for Leicester. Our problem is that we are not getting players in and around him so its hard to make a full judgement. As for Bruce , problem now is that they will keep him

    1. Because they dont know how to source a decent manager
    2. Because if we go down ( as we surely will) , he is better in that division

    We could be looking at doldrums for a good few years. Ashley will probably sell up after a year or two down there and we will probably exist in the form of a Leeds United.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Lee is Longstaff fully fit? He looks useless. I had said he was a bit slow but he looks pedestrian 🙁

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    The Wife. Good stuff.
    Keep that swamp pump well maintained and on tickover – it will still be needed.

    The blog scumbags are not the type of people who pop onto the blog after spending a day at their country club or indeed who pop on after they have spent the day sailing or attending church.

    Trailer trash would probably aptly describe some of these types.

    Vrooom vrooom – I can hear the swamp pump from here.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7


    I don’t think Longstaff is fit at all mate I feel he is getting rushed back and hasn’t been given enough time to recover him and Hayden looked to have a telepathic understanding under Rafa but its clear now that was because they were being coached in their roles heavily as they now don’t seem to know where each other are and they don’t keep the ball that well now !! The gap was the first goal both of them were miles out of position

    Diame is now also looking like a big miss he would have been good to have as that shield between the back 4 would Ricardo have got a free run for the first goal if the big man was there?

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    He looks like he has lost his legs. Hard to judge his link with Hayden – i guess only they know that . Leicester are everything we could be with smart owners and a decent manager. I had said we needed to give SB a chance seeing as he was in the hot seat, but I think we have all seen enough. Mind you. I would have taken Flores in the summer and although early days, he hasnt had any bounce effect. As I said earlier, Charnley has no idea who to use or how to source a manager so he goes for the local brit option. Mind you Palace are only two points behind Leicester and we wouldnt want Woy either !

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Lee I met Diame in Ireland and he is one big mother. The daughter was a bit gobsmacked!

  • Reilly

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Did he have little hands.

  • Jib

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    One good thing about Ashley being at the King Power
    Watching that game he’ll realise if he wants anywhere near
    his asking price he had better sell up double-quick

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    tragically we are doing another mclaren with the idiots at the top saying he needs more time etc etc.
    What I can never understand from ashley is that with his obvious lack of footballing knowledge why does he invest so much faith in another footballing pygmy in charnley.

    could ash really have gone into this thinking bruce would be the answer given his massively underwhelming cv, if so, what the hell was the question?

  • hibbit

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    i would agree it took me 12 years and even today i find it very hard not to attend and miss it greatly’ but i’m now out till he’s gone Ashley that is not Bruce,
    But you seem more concerned about the few quid you would lose and a cheap metro ride than the state of our club,

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    No Reilly, he had huge hands, soft as anything. He said you were a cnut by the way.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15


    any right thinking person would but i think ashley will hang on to the bitter end, he can’t be seen to have made another crucial gaffe.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Who are the two lads sitting behind the two Steves, I’m sure the one scratching his head must be wondering ‘Now what was it the gaffer wanted me to do, play left back, midfield attacking defensive winger, I think! Daren’t ask him what he meant!’

  • Reilly

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17


  • hibbit

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Another Irishman using creative spelling of profanity,
    only 20 posts after the Wife asked for it to end,

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

    The ref could and should have made allowances for the conditions, still think it was no worse than a yellow.

    Still I’m expecting no more from refs than we’ve had since we were promoted.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Well he’s had his 7.5 games grace from me, Brucie out!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Can anyone tell me has Ashley EVER sold a business on that he has bought? I can’t think of any he just seems to suck the life out of brands and businesses!

    Recently went into House of Fraser in Glasgow and it is horrendous what he has done to it what used to be really classy shop is now just a really expensive looking building from the outside with a massive jumble sale inside!

    Trainers and tops stacked high , Sports Direct logos everywhere it is the ultimate comedown from what used to be a magnificent store!

    I just can’t see how we get a clean break from him unless the Government removes him 10 plus bidders over the years and no one can buy it off him with a clean break?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Fray Bentos would probably want beefy players, sorry someone was going to say it! 🙂


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