Newcastle is a city that loves football. The black and white stripes are worn by some of the most passionate fans in the world and their club is one of the best supported in the country. St James Park was always fun to play at and I bump into fans wherever I go. Alan Shearer was recently quoted saying: “If there is one thing that is pretty much guaranteed at Newcastle, it’s that the fans will turn up and support.”
This is in no way reflected within the club itself.
Mike Ashley is probably the most resented owner in the Premier League and the players show no sign of organisation and team spirit on the field. It’s been hard to watch the chaos unfold over the last few weeks, with John Carver accusing Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off, rows between players on the team bus. The unwritten code of “what happens in the team stays in the team” is clearly lost. To top things off, club captain Collocini wrote a letter to fans asking for their support – a cry for help.
With just one point earned in 10 games it’s hard to fight a case for Newcastle deserving a place in the top flight next season.
You can blame John Carver, the players or Mike Ashley, but it all comes down to Sunday’s crucial game against West Ham. We can’t deny Sam Allardyce would love to send Newcastle down, since he was sacked after eight months with the Magpies without a chance to prove himself.
Bitter North East rivals Sunderland cemented their Premier League status with a draw at the Emirates on Wednesday, and now only Newcastle and Hull can join the relegation places.
Hull will face Man Utd, who without a seven goal swing have nothing to play for, and Steve Bruce has said his team have “an almighty chance of survival.” Hull city have got a job in front of them and they’ll be fighting like crazy to rescue their season. And even though they’ve lost their last ten meetings with Manchester United, you’d be brave to write off a win for the Tigers.
Three points for Steve Bruce would mean a draw would not be good enough to save Newcastle with their inferior goal difference. With that said John Carver and the Toon have to go into the game with a must-win attitude. A tactic that seems to make Newcastle lose focus and leave them looking like an open house.
93% of Newcastle fans think they won’t beat West Ham, with 51% holding the opinion they will be relegated. It’s desperate times at St James Park, which calls for desperate measures. Perhaps their only chance of survival lies with Uri Gellar. The psychic has said he will make the trip to the North East to channel positive energy from the fans to the players to help them over the line.
All we know is, it’s going to be an anxious Sunday for both Hull City and Newcastle.