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Former Magpie Expresses Legitimate Concern About Newcastle’s Situation



Newcastle’s tenuous situation has many fans anxiously watching results from around the league and wondering what impact they will have on our fight against relegation. Last night there was a match of interest as Brighton hosted Crystal Palace.

At kick-off, Brighton sat just one place and one point above us in the table while the Eagles were four points and in 14th. So both clubs were realistically still in the mire despite being better off than Newcastle.

Well, Crystal Palace snagged two goals from nothing to defeat Brighton with strikes from new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta and Christian Benteke, whose outstanding finish came in the final minute of stoppage time. Mateta did his best Ayoze Perez impersonation with a nifty backheel in the first half, which was his first goal since signing for Palace in January.

That result keeps Brighton, who dominated possession and had 25 shots with only one finding the target, firmly in the relegation muck along with Newcastle. So we suppose it was a decent result for us despite Crystal Palace now seeming safe. They take on Fulham at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Results from teams around us should be irrelevant as Newcastle need to be masters of their own fate. Wins are what will keep us in this league by season’s end. However, going on our recent run, wins are an elusive beast for the Magpies. Actually, points are.

Over the last 14 matches in the league, we’ve picked up just two victories. Even worse is we haven’t been drawing matches like Fulham have. Over this horrid 14 match stretch, we’ve lost 10 of them. So we’ve amassed just 8 points from 42 available. It’s no wonder we’re in this mess.

Picking up results was already a monumental task from this year’s group. Gone are the unlikely results, like Crystal Palace had last night, where we play awful but find a way to get points like Chelsea at home or Everton away from last season.

This year our record is a better reflection of our form, which until around three weeks ago, was just shockingly dreadful. So it doesn’t look good at the moment. Concerns are starting to be voiced from the media and former players.

One of those is Danny Simpson, who while Newcastle were last in this mess under Steve McClaren, was winning the league with Leicester City. However, Danny joined Newcastle, initially on loan, in the summer of 2009 when we had just gone down the first time under Ashley.

So he’s well versed in this era of Newcastle. The Chronicle has published the following comments Simpson, who is now a free agent, made to the BBC about his concerns for his former club:

“I am [worried about them].

“I don’t want to say that because I have some great memories from that club, I still follow them and I like Steve Bruce.

“But I think Callum Wilson is a massive miss and you look at the next few fixtures where Newcastle have Wolves, West Brom and Villa and Fulham have Palace, Spurs, and Liverpool.

“I think that next game where Fulham go to Palace away and Newcastle have Wolves, they can really close the gap there.

“Up in Newcastle, when the pressure is on, the pressure is really on.

“I know the fans aren’t in the stadium but you still feel it because it is a massive club.

“I do fear for them and I don’t want to say that. But Fulham are a team on the up and Newcastle are a team that are really struggling at the moment.”

Since Callum Wilson went down injured, Newcastle have lost both matches. While they were tough fixtures at Chelsea and Manchester United, he was such an important part of this team. Newcastle just don’t have a player in the squad that can make up for such an obvious void.

It could be argued the loss of Wilson is the biggest loss any club in the bottom half of the table could have suffered. Though Wolves may have something to say as the head injury to Raul Jiminez in late November derailed their season. However, they brought in Willian Jose in January, and while he hasn’t scored, they’ve lost just once since he arrived.

If Newcastle are to keep Fulham in the rearview, they are going to have to do it without Wilson for next month or so. While the sample size is limited and they were against top clubs, we’ve lost all four league matches Wilson has not played in.

So we need someone to step into Wilson’s void as the next two matches are absolutely critical for this club.

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225 comments so far

  • Not another deJong

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #201

    Ashley bought the club to flip to the Chinese but the lack of due diligence landed him with a permanent acquisition

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #202

    Novocastrian Rogue One is the best of the newer films but I thought they were all good.
    In 2023 they are starting a new batch of Star Wars films, be interesting to see where they go with it.

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #203

    Nadj

    Nobody believes the due diligence lie
    It’s utter BS

    The turds got some of the best accounts in the country

    He used the lie as his first excuse why he wasn’t investing in the club
    Once that stopped being believed he moved onto the constant sale

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #204

    Guys, 175 isnt written by Rotonda, its the stupid comment about wanting relegation from Dougie the other night. The discussion was with Rotonda.

    Tsunki, your context is out of context I’m afraid.

    When I told Dougie his comments were stupid because relegation would not promise us that Ashley would leave, and that it was ridiculous for any nufc fan to want a relegation rival to win, I was called a lover of Ashley!! Perhaps Dougie was pissled in fairness.

    And that was supported by plenty of people on here??

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #205

    Agree re Fraser , was one of the reasons i thought we could push on this year.

    Fat chance.

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #206

    I’m surprised as a toon fan you’d even believe it
    Nobody believes the due diligence lie

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #207

    Yeh the turds lawyers and accountants somehow got hood winked by Freddy

    LoL

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #208

    At least pre Hall and Shepherd we had a good batch of young ones coming through, Watson, Clark, Howey etc.

    3
  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #209

    We were competing
    We played in cups and in Europe

    Nowadays there’s just nowt left of the club
    He’s taken everything and trousered it
    All in the name of his tat shops

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #210

    Leeds vs Southampton tonight, no doubt Jane will tell us its some sort of derby.

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #211

    Carson

    Rogue one blew me away as I saw it when it was released and had no idea how good it was long to be, but wow it was incredible and seeing Darth Vadar at his best was brilliant.

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  • toon22

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #212

    So when he’s still our owner next season
    With the usual BS as his excuses

    Think about what your helping him do to our club, without people sitting watching he would have been gone by now
    Why else did he give away 10 k tickets

    He needs a crowd

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #213

    Charlie.
    Hall didn’t sell to shepherd he sold to Ashley

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #214

    “Ryan Fraser doesn’t want to be here”
    No sheet, he made us wait a week while his agent used three phones at the same time for a week frantically searching for another club that would offer him similar wages.

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #215

    22

    Bring that up when we cross that bridge as he won’t be here next year.

    You see there’s two scenarios that have yet to be proven yet so let’s sit and see before we comment on next season

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #216

    Mund they’re doing another Rogue film, sure it’s going to be about the Star fighters, I like all the Star Wars films, my least favourite would probably be Phantom Menace.

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #217

    Toon22 there isn’t anybody in the ground, hasn’t been all season.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #218

    Steve Bruce has made a big difference, the players have really took to him and would run through brick walls for the man, you can tell by a match against Scottish premiership lower mid table opposition that his football is more attacking and he’s here to win something. His non confrontational and affable personality has struck a chord with Ashley and has persuaded him to change his 14 year long policy and just look at the nice things the players are saying about him, they haven’t got much good to say about rafa who left for the money to a tinpot Chinese club. Saying all that I never wanted Bruce here and wud much rather have rafa.
    Now those are the words of a goon.

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  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #219

    hibbit, Gloom

    Fraser’s been Bruced. Listening to him tw@tting one’s be enough to make anyone wonder why they signed for us.

    The man, Bruce, is a liability.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #220

    Kevin and Perry Go Large
    Now there’s some teatime viewing, brings back good memories.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #221

    I love Arsenal

    Those are the words of a Goon er

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #222

    Tfb,
    Very good.

    1
  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #223

    Re Alex Ferguson saying clubs fighting relegation are harder to beat, he clearly wasn’t aware of Bruce!

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  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #224

    @223

    Thought I’d better update that post to say that Ferqy clearly wasn’t aware of Bruce’s talents as a coach, before anyone pounces

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #225

    Er nope, watching a guy get a similar position and points to rafa, players continuously playing to 90 minutes for their manager, playing similar football, with no striker of note, that’s why I gave him my support.

    A balanced approach that I took away when he went backwards.

    Completely stand over my opinion on it Jail.

    Keep trying lad.

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