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Time For Newcastle United To Sink Or Swim

8 years ago
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Over halfway through the transfer window, we have lost Demba Ba and also, Loic Remy to QPR. Many argue that we supposedly dodged a bullet with Remy going to QPR because of his excessive wage demands and lack of recent goals….. however, with just 13 days to go in the transfer window, the search for a new striker becomes more and more intense.

After the euphoria of Europa League qualification and a best league finish since 2004, there is now a fear of relegation. Pardew in a recent TV interview admitted that his current squad are not good enough and that he needs two players in to avoid relegation.

The news that Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa and Tim Krul may go and rumours that a deal has already been done for Chiek Tiote, puts the club in a precarious position. So why is everyone rumoured to be abandoning ship?

One of the reasons is the lack of ambition at the club. In the summer, we should have moved to get Douglas, De Jong and Pieters in. Instead, we added players to the development squad who have been cruelly blamed for not stepping up to the mark in the Brighton game and others, where inexperience and a lack of leadership were there for all to see. Mike Ashley seems content to make a profit on the club and has now got his finger in the Rangers pie so to speak.

If he wants to sell the club and concentrate on Rangers, surely he wants to ensure Premier League football at St James’ Park next season and then think about what his intentions are for Newcastle United. At the moment, we are given this daily garbage of how the club are working tirelessly for players, with seemingly little progress. With time ticking away, Pardew’s promise of 2 new players coming in looks even emptier.

Secondly, is Pardew’s lack of tactic nous and indiscipline in the dressing room also affecting us? Ba’s contractual demands seem to have unsettled the dressing room and there were further rumours that a rift had emerged between players with Ben Arfa acting as a go between. It should not be up to Ben Arfa alone to resolve the team’s problems. Pardew should be more authoritative and like last season make an effort to return the team spirit to the club.

For me this month is the biggest in the recent history of Newcastle United. Four years ago in January 2009 we had Joe Kinnear and lost Shay Given & Charles N’Zogbia and and look where we ended up. Fast forward to 2013 and after last year’s delirium at being at the top table, we are looking down the barrel at the Championship.

Unless everyone from the managerial team to the people upstairs ‘work tirelessly’ to bring in a striker and central defender then a relegation battle is likely to be on the cards. We will either sink faster than the Titanic into the relegation zone or we can swim to safety and make something of this season. It is time to see who is ready to stay and fight or who wants a better pay packet elsewhere.

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