Saturday’s capitulation against Leicester really forced me to think about the poorest eleven Newcastle players to have pulled on a black and white jersey in my lifetime.
The reason for that is I’m really struggling to think of a collective outfit I have witnessed in a Newcastle shirt, as desperate as the one I watched on the weekend.
In the past, some of the players may have had less talent than the ones we have now and been worse as a consequence, but I can’t remember a time I have seen such lazy, over paid, unprofessional people represent my football club. They were, and are, an embarrassment.
Often I wake up early for the games (as I now in live in America) and wish to myself I was in the ground, or part of the travelling contingent, as I so often was.
I think pure rage is how I would describe my emotions on the sofa.
Shouting and ranting so much that my Bostonian neighbours would think I may have been hurting a family member. I was not, just for clarification……
The first goal came from two opportunities we had to see the first half out, with Mitrovic and Sissoko seemingly having a contest to be the laziest. A long ball out of defence should have been controlled by Mitrovic, who instead simply aimed a header straight back to the Leicester players.
The ball was given away and then won back by NUFC. Instead of controlling the play and killing the last 60 seconds before the end of the half, we lumped a ball to Sissoko who had the opportunity to bring the ball under control and once again kill the clock. He chose however to do a fancy flick to no one, giving the ball away. Again.
10 seconds later, an incisive attack (with a hint of offside) saw Leicester take the lead. I will say at least Moussa tracked back, to cover Janmaat who was anywhere other than where he should have been.
As a side note here, social media was alive with the sound of people slagging off fellow supporters for clapping Vardy equalling the consecutive goals record. I saw plenty of tweets saying people should be ashamed of themselves for clapping an opposition player and many more offensive messages than that.
I would have applauded the lad if I was there and hats off to anyone who had the sportsmanship to do so. If you want to be critical of anything that happened at SJP on Saturday, it should be the ‘performance’ of our players, nor our fans who have had to put up with so much s*** for too long.
Moving on……the second goal was a farce and once again Janmaat was absent.
If you take the time to look back at the goal, he was initially woefully out of position, before getting himself in the right area and actually walks near Ulloa before walking away again as the ball is crossed. The Dutchman seemed distracted by going to mark Coloccini at centre back for some reason. Helpful.
On realising his error, rather than compensate for it and trying to get somewhere near his man again, he simply stood and watched with amazement. Laughable from a professional footballer.
The third goal is a farce. Following a great save in the first instance by Elliot (who is the only person I can think of who came out of the game with any sort of self-respect) the ball was hanging in the air and the tiny Okazaki outjumped our defence twice. Reasonably easy to be fair, when they just stood perfectly still. Mbemba and someone else (I think Anita) didn’t even get off the ground to jump and challenge for the ball. In short, a disgrace.
I think the word disgrace sums up the whole football club at the moment.
An owner intent on putting yes men in important positions at the lowest possible cost, a managing director who doesn’t have a clue about how to do any good business, a manager who is inept and inadequate surrounded by players who don’t want to be there, other than to collect their wages until the ship sinks.
I fear that with McClaren at the helm, this is exactly what this ship will do. Nothing has changed from last season and he seems to have no respect from the players, let alone the ability to motivate them.
We do need to spend money in January if we are to survive but we also need to have the right man in charge for us to utilise the new players we need.
Spend some money on the players for sure, but please, pretty please, spend some money getting a manager in who is capable of doing the job, as at the moment the current incumbent is totally incompetent.
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