I’m sorry, but there’s nothing remotely romantic about Newcastle’s current plight – they are in a mess, and it’s of their own choosing (the management and club, not the fans).
No football fan ‘deserves’ this, but then again no football fan deserves to see their club relegated to the third division (Leeds) after playing in the CL a few years ago, or relegated from the Premiership and losing out on 30m on the last day after being favourites to stay up (Sheffield United).
Football is tough – and when it comes down to it, the responsibility stops with the club management.
A new manager (Sam Allardyce is expected to be ‘unveiled’ soon) will help matters, but the problems are structural and deep-rooted, and will require long-term, difficult solutions.
Here’s a look at the top stories covering Newcastle United in the last week (from our Newcastle United blog) – a majority of them surround Big Sam’s impending signing, which is understandable, but there are interesting transfer stories as well.
Allardyce certain to be appointed Newcastle manager next monday – despite the rumours surrounding Houllier and Eriksson, there was only one serious candidate – Big Sam.
Michael Owen leaving Newcastle – you’ve GOT to be kidding – he can’t leave yet, can he? Out of ‘honour’, he’ll stay at least one more year and stay injury-free, because another injury-wracked season could end his career.
With Allardyce in charge, who will come and go at Newcastle? – a look at possible transfers under Sam Allardyce.
Owen’s silence on his Newcastle future is troubling.
Why Sam Allardyce is a lot different than Graeme Souness – I thought it was obvious, but apparently it needed clarifications.
Alan Shearer supports Big Sam – but does Sam really need his approval?
Charles N’Zogbia on his way out of Newcastle? – anyone looking for a young, talented left-winger? How long before N’Zogbia to Manchester United rumors start popping up?